25 Nov 2010

Chong Eu dies .

GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang chief minister Dr Lim Chong Eu, 91, died at his home in Tanjong Bungah, here, at 9pm today.Lim had earlier been warded at the Penang Hospital for almost a month following a stroke and was brought back to his residence this evening.Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Koh Tsu Koon, when contacted, confirmed Lim's demise and said an official announcement would be made.

He leaves behind his wife, two sons and two daughters.The founding president of Gerakan, he served as the second chief minister for a record 21 years (from 1969 to 1990).Lim was born in Penang where he attended the Penang Free School. In 1937, he was a King's scholar at the Edinburgh University in Scotland, and later graduated with a medical degree.The fiesty politician was at one time helming the MCA but after a fallout with Umno, he left the party to form the United Democratic Party and co-founded the Gerakan.

Source : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-english/news/general/13288-chong-eu-dies

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