Book on former PAP MP Chor Yeok Eng raises $80,000 for charity

SINGAPORE - More than $80,000 was raised for charity at the launch of a book on former People's Action Party MP Chor Yeok Eng, less than a fortnight after his untimely death.

Mr Chor had been looking forward to the launch of the book titled, Chor Yeok Eng's 60 Years In Politics, which includes speeches he made in English and Chinese, but died at the Singapore General Hospital on July 21, a year after he was diagnosed with severe aplastic anaemia. He was 86.

He was MP for Bukit Timah from 1966 to 1984 and retired from politics as senior parliamentary secretary for the environment.

At the book launch on Tuesday, held at the the Char Yong (Dabu) Association's Geylang premises, a total of $84,720 was collected from donations and book sales.

Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min launched the book together with Mr Chor's eldest son, Mr Chor How Choon, and the association's leaders.

In a short speech at the event, Dr Lam expressed regret that Mr Chor could not see the launch of the book which he took a year to put together.

He said that Mr Chor, a founding member of the PAP, had witnessed the turbulent times in the 1950s and "had contributed to the success, progress and stability Singapore enjoys today".

Char Yong's secretary-general Lam Phin Chong, 65, said the money raised would go to the Singapore Chung Hwa Medical Institution, Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital, Sian Chay Medical Institution, Kwan-Im Welfare Society, Bukit Panjang Khek Community Guild, Sengkang West Citizens' Consultative Committee's welfare fund, Bukit Timah Community Club's educational fund, Qifa Primary School and Daqiao Primary School.

"They were the charities specified by Mr Chor, a long-time advisor to our clan association, before he passed on. We are glad his wish has been fulfilled," he said.

The book was published by the association.

Chor Yeok Eng's 60 Years In Politics is available at the Great River Book Company at Bras Basah Complex at $20.