December 20, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 20 — DAP assemblyman for Bukit Gasing, Edward Lee, died early this morning, a party member said.

He was 61.

Lee (picture), a first-term lawmaker, had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 and underwent an operation to treat it, but it spread to his liver and bones.

“We knew he had been sick but his death was still a surprise,” said the DAP official, who declined to be named as she is not authorised to speak.

Lee’s family could not be immediately reached for confirmation.

He was hospitalised on December 14 and his family had planned to take him home today but he died before that, a church friend close to the family said. He leaves wife Christina Lee and three sons.

Lee was a member in the state Special Select Committee on Competency Accountability and Transparency (Selcat).

Before he made his foray into politics, he was well known as a vocal champion of local issues. He was a former president of the All Petaling Jaya Residents’ Association Coalition and ex- head of the Section 5 residents association.

In 1999, he started the Save Bukit Gasing campaign with some neighbours to protect the few green lungs left in Petaling Jaya against further development and erosion.