GEORGE TOWN: Former Penang Gerakan chairman Datuk Tan Gim Hwa (pic) has died after suffering from multiple strokes since May last year.
Tan, 76, breathed his last at his Halaman Macalister home at about 11pm on Sunday.
His family members were earlier told to bring him home after he was kept on life support since Saturday.
His son Tee Beng, 42, said his father had a bad cough and vomited on Tuesday, adding that his heartbeat stopped twice but was resuscitated on Saturday.
“My father’s health deteriorated after suffering multiple strokes. For the past few days, his breathing was weak and he had been on life support.”
Tan leaves behind a wife Quah Mo Sy, 76, and three sons – Tee Yong, 50, Tee Wan, 48, and Tee Beng as well as daughter Chin Chin, 41.
In April last year, the Gerakan strongman and founding member was invited to rejoin the party after his membership was terminated in 2000 for disciplinary reasons.
Then Gerakan secretary-general Teng Chang Yeow made the invitation at a gathering of party division leaders and members attended by Tan.
Among those who paid their last respects was Penang Gerakan chairman Teng Chang Yeow who was saddened by Tan’s demise.
“Tan was the state Gerakan chairman from 1984 to 1996 and served as the Penang Municipal Council president from 1990 to 1995.
“He was also the Penang Port Commission chairman from 1996 to 1998 and state executive council member under Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu’s administration when Gerakan won the 1969 General Election,” he said yesterday.
The wake for Tan will be held at his residence at 1, Halaman Macalister. His body will then be taken to the Batu Gantong crematorium at 11am on Friday.