Former Old Guard Minister Chua Sian Chin dies

Former Cabinet Minister Chua Sian Chin, a member of Singapore's first generation of leaders, died on Wednesday of heart failure.

PM Lee says death of former Cabinet minister Chua Sian Chin a "sad loss" to Singapore

PM Lee recounted how Mr Chua had improved public health standards and promoted medical specialisation as Health Minister. Later on, as Minister for Home Affairs, Mr Chua strengthened the Penal Code and established Singapore's community policing system. And during his stint in education, he enhanced the vocational and technical streams and promoted biligualism.

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According to media reports, he died at 11.26pm on Feb 26, 2014 at the age of 81. 

The late Mr Chua was Minister for Health, Home Affairs and Education in the 1960s and 1970s.