WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012 – 12:16

HUMAN RIGHTS CHAMPION: Lee was instrumental in gazetting Bukit Gasing as a green lung

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor state assembly observed a minute of silence yesterday in memory of deceased assemblyman Edward Lee (DAP-Bukit Gasing).

Speaker Datuk Teng Chang Kim, who called on the assemblymen to commemorate Lee, offered his condolences to Lee’s family.

Several assemblymen also offered kind words in his memory.

Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (PKR-Ijok) gave a short speech about Lee’s achievements and insurmountable dedication to his duties as a people’s representative.

“Even though he was stricken with cancer, he carried out his duties till the end,” he said.

“He was a champion of human rights issues, especially environmental matters.”

Abdul Khalid said Lee was instrumental in gazetting Bukit Gasing as a green lung to be preserved for future generations. He ended his speech with a short poem, in recognition of Lee’s services.

Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias (BN-Sungai Burong), on behalf of the opposition assemblymen, also expressed condolences to Lee’s family.

“We appreciate all his efforts towards representing the people,” he said.

“We hope his wife remains strong in view of their loss of a people’s representative and beloved husband.”

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR-Seri Setia) said Lee had always defended good policies in the state.

“He emphasised the importance of sustainable development and even proposed a moratorium on high rise development until adequate infrastructure was provided,” he said.

“He also set up the All Petaling Jaya, Selangor Residents’ Association Coalition and greatly contributed to the Selangor State Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (Selcat) as a member.

“We have lost a fatherly figure and a comrade.”

Lee succumbed to cancer on Dec 20. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 but had remained active in championing local issues. He was 61.

He is survived by wife Christine Lee and three sons.