Tributes pour in for former health minister Chua Jui Meng

Former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng
Former health minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng

KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has conveyed his condolences to the family of former Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng, on his demise.

Anwar said Jui Meng, who had served as the country’s longest-serving health minister (1995 to 2004) had contributed immensely to the country.

He said Jui Meng had also played an important role in PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat), especially when leading the party in Johor.

Anwar, who is also PKR president, said in a Facebook post, “All his deeds and contributions will be remembered by the people and his friends who were together with him in fighting for our beloved country. I pray for his family’s well-being,”

Former transpor minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said: “I had known him for 30 years and he was one of my early mentors in MCA.”

“His contributions to the country will be remembered by the people.

“Even though he left MCA in 2008 after the 12th General Election to join PKR, our friendship remained.

The former Bakri Member of Parliament was also a Malaysia Chinese Association (MCA) vice-president before quitting the party to join PKR in 2009. Within a year of joining PKR, he was elected as its vice-president.

Former health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah also expressed his condolences with a posting on Facebook, saying that all Jui Meng’s contributions will be remembered.

Jui Meng held the post as helath minister for nine years and was known for various initiatives, one of it was turning the Sungai Buloh Hospital into an infectious diseases centre.

Jui Meng, 80, died at the Serdang Hospital at 4.04pm yesterday from a heart attack. — MalaysiaXpress

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