Former health minister Chua Jui Meng passes away

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Dr Chua Jui Meng, the country's longest-serving Health Minister, has breathed his last at the age of 80.

The cause of his death yesterday remained unknown at press time.

However, it is said that he had been hospitalised since last week following a heart attack.

Chua was also a former MCA vice-president and five-term Bakri MP.

A lawyer by profession, he joined the MCA in the 1970s. He rose up the ranks to become the party vice-president in 1990.

In the 1986 general election, he won the Bakri parliamentary seat and went on to hold it for another four terms until 2008.

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