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Dead man identified as founding Reform Party member

Dead man identified as founding Reform Party member

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Once sued by Lee Kuan Yew for defamation, Quek Teow Chuan was said to have paid damages of either $200,000 or $400,000. His body was unclaimed.

By Belmont Lay

A 76-year-old man who passed away on April 8 at a Jamiyah welfare home without any kin to claim his body has been identified as a former General Election candidate and a founding member of the Reform Party who at one time also belonged to the party’s Central Executive Committee.

His portrait was featured on the front page of The Straits Times Home section on May 30 in a news story about the elderly dying alone. He was not identified as a politician by the paper.

The Singapore Police Force has also released an appeal for information on him and his next-of-kin.

Quek Teow Chuan contested in the 1984 General Election in Nee Soon under the Singapore United Front against People’s Action Party’s Koh Lip Lin, a former Dean of Science at the National University of Singapore from 1981 to 1985 .

Quek received 25.8% or 6,401 of the valid votes in what was to be his one and only electoral contest.

After his electoral defeat, Quek was sued by then-prime minister Lee Kuan Yew for defamation for giving a speech at the SUF rally in Jalan Lengkok in Sembawang on Dec 19, 1984 implying that the prime minister was corrupt.

It is unclear what the exact damages awarded to Lee were but it has been reported to be either $200,000 or $400,000.

At that time, Quek denied he had said anything that implied that Lee was corrupt and rejected an offer of settlement for damages.

Quek was reportedly to have suggested the shortening of National Service commitments and the scraping of the MRT system during his campaign.

 

The Straits Times article about people who died alone. Quek Teow Chuan was not identified by the paper as a founding RP member.