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Pioneer unionist and PAP founding member dies

Published on Mar 11, 2014 12:07 AM

Mr Lee Gek Seng, a pioneering unionist and a founding member of the People's Action Party, passed away last Saturday from heart failure. He was 87.

Mr Lee was among the PAP's 14 convenors when the party was officially inaugurated on Nov 21, 1954, and one of 11 men who sat on the party's first pro-tem committee.

On Monday, politicians, unionists and family members paid tribute to a man they described as humble, self-sacrificial and a generous mentor.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who visited the wake at Mount Vernon Sanctuary late on Monday night, noted in a Facebook post Mr Lee's many contributions, including serving as PAP deputy secretary-general and as a community leader. PM Lee said he had just met Mr Lee at last month's Pioneer Generation party at the Istana. "He came in a wheelchair, but was clearly very happy to be there. Now he has left us."

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