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Former Senior Minister of State Lee Khoon Choy dies

Former Senior Minister of State Lee Khoon Choy died yesterday.

He was 92.

Mr Lee wore many hats while serving Singapore.

Not only was he a Senior Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, he also served as Singapore's Ambassador to Egypt, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea, among other countries.

His time in Indonesia was an especially important one, said Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean.

In a Facebook post yesterday afternoon, DPM Teo wrote: "He played a key role in putting our relations with Indonesia on a firm footing in the early 1970s after Konfrontasi and the MacDonald House bombing when he was ambassador in Jakarta.

"May he rest in peace and may current and future generations learn from the past for a peaceful and better future."

 

Mr Lee Khoon Choy was a giant of our times. He played a key role in putting our relations with Indonesia on a firm...

Posted by Teo Chee Hean on Friday, 26 February 2016

Other politicians have also paid tributes to the late Mr Lee.

Member of Parliament Alex Yam wrote on Facebook: "Mr Lee dedicated his life to serving his country, retiring from politics in 1984 as Senior Minister of State and MP for Braddell Heights and going onto another illustrious career as one of Singapore's longest serving ambassadors."

Before he entered politics, Mr Lee worked as a journalist in both Mandarin and English publications.

When he left politics, he founded property firm Eng Lee Investment Consultants in 1990 and also served as an independent director to Metro Holdings.

Mr Lee is survived by his wife Eng Ah Siam, his seven children and 11 grandchildren, said Mr Yam.

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