Veteran journalist and The Star columnist Seah Chiang Nee dies

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 15 Jan 2017

Seah contributed to The Star for 28 years, and his last column was published in 2014.

PETALING JAYA: Veteran Singaporean journalist and former The Star columnist, Seah Chiang Nee, has passed away.

His wife Patricia Wong said he had been hospitalised since July at the Singapore General Hospital, where he died Sunday morning.

"He was sent to the hospital for shingles and diarrhoea, and had remained there since," Wong said.

He leaves behind Wong, 69, and their only son, Seah Pei Kwang, 38.

He was 77.

Seah was the first South-East Asian to undergo a heart transplant at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital back in 1985 and was one of the world's longest-surviving heart transplant patients.

Seah began his career as a Singapore-based Reuters correspondent in 1960.

During his 10 years with the international news agency, he was posted to (the then south) Vietnam for 40 months to cover the war.

In 1970, he assumed the position of Malaysia bureau chief and later, news editor, of the Singapore Herald before it was closed down after a run-in with the Singaporean government.

He worked for The Asian from 1972 to 1973, covering Thailand and Indochina from Bangkok.

Seah then joined Hong Kong Standard as news editor before returning to Singapore in 1974 as foreign editor with The Straits Times.

He started writing for The Star in 1986 and his column ran until 2014. Through his column titled Insight Down South, he enlightened readers with a weekly analysis of news events in Singapore.

Seah's wake will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at Singapore Casket at 131 Lavender St, Singapore.

The funeral will be on Thursday. Wong can be contacted at +65-8125 3222.

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