Former minister Lee Kim Sai dies at 82

Former deputy MCA president Lee Kim Sai. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Former deputy MCA president and health minister Lee Kim Sai died today. He was 82.

MCA president Wee Ka Siong, in announcing this in a Facebook posting, said this was a great loss to the nation as Lee had served society in various capacities.

Lee was appointed labour minister in 1986, and became housing and local government minister in 1989.

He served as health minister from 1990 until 1995.

Lee retired from politics in 1996.

During his time in MCA, he was among those who objected to the appointment of senior assistants and supervisors without qualifications in Mandarin in Chinese primary schools.

He was also among those who wanted the Sedition Act to be amended to make it an offence for anyone to label any of the three major races in the country as immigrants or “pendatang”.

Lee is survived by his wife, Wan Yuet Fong, and four children.

Lee’s son, Boon Kuan, told Bernama that his father died at 12.30am today at their home on Jalan Setia Bakti, Bukit Damansara.

“My father passed away peacefully. He suffered a stroke in October last year. We will miss him,” he said.

He said his father’s remains will be buried at the Xiao En Memorial Park in Nilai on Tuesday.