Former PAP MP Chor Yeok Eng dies in hospital

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People's Action Party (PAP) stalwart and former MP for Bukit Timah Chor Yeok Eng died at the Singapore General Hospital yesterday, just 11 days before the launch of a book chronicling his 60-year-long political career dating back to the 1950s.

He was 86.

Mr Chor was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia a year ago, a disease in which the bone marrow does not make enough blood cells for the body, reported The Straits Times Online. He was also looking forward to the launch of the book, titled Chor Yeok Eng's 60 Years in Politics, when he died suddenly in hospital just before 5am yesterday.

His youngest daughter Eng Horng, 56, a retired IT professional, said her father was admitted to hospital on May 27.

She added: "It was his wish to see the book launched and he had even asked for additional physiotherapy sessions in the hospital to strengthen himself so that he could attend the event.

"But he did not make it."

Mr Chor had two other daughters, two sons, three grandsons and two great-grandsons.