Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong paid tribute to Former Bukit Batok Member of Parliament (MP) Chai Chong Yii upon his passing.
Mr Chai served as an MP for 16 years, after joining the People’s Action Party (PAP) in 1972.
PM Lee also shared about the contributions made by the late Mr Chai to Singapore, notably his efforts in promoting bilingualism in the country.
Here is what PM Lee shared on his Facebook
“Deeply saddened by the passing of former Bukit Batok MP Chai Chong Yii. He did much to promote bilingualism in Singapore.
Chong Yii joined the PAP in 1972 and served Bukit Batok for 16 years. He saw it transform from a rural kampong area housing granite quarry labourers and re-settled farmers, into a modern township. He was much loved and respected by his residents, and served as MP for four consecutive terms.
He also served in several Ministries, including the then-Ministry of Culture and then-Ministry of Communications. As Senior Minister of State for Education, he played a crucial part in launching the Special Assistance Plan schools in 1979. After politics, Chong Yii was an auditor for the PAP until 1996, making sure the party accounts were in good order. He also served as Singapore’s Trade Representative to Taiwan from 1991 to 1994.
Chong Yii will be deeply missed. I wish his family much comfort in this time of loss and grief.”
Image source: Lee Hsien Loong/Facebook