Malaysia’s longest serving health minister Chua Jui Meng dies at 80

Chua suffered a heart attack and had been hospitalised since a week ago

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Former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng passed away Sunday from a heart attack
Former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng passed away Sunday from a heart attack

KUALA LUMPUR — Former health minister, Datuk Chua Jui Meng died at the age of 80, Sunday.

Jui Meng served as health minister from 1994 to 2004, making him the country’s longest serving health minister.

He was also a Member of Parliament for Bakri, having been elected for five terms from 1986 to 2008.

An MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association) spokesman said Jui Meng suffered a heart attack about a week ago and had been hospitalised since then.

“His condition was said to be deteriorating over the last few days, before the news of his demise came today (Sunday),” the spokesman said.

A lawyer by profession, Jui Meng rose to the position of vice-president in MCA, having joined as an ordinary member in 1976.

He served MCA, Barisan Nasional’s second biggest component party for 35 years, before leaving the party to join Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in 2009, citing, among others, a loss of confidence in the MCA leadership led by former president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat.

Jui Meng last contested in the 2013 general election (GE13), losing the battle for the Segamat parliamentary seat to then MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) president and the seat’s incumbent, Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam. — MalaysiaXpress