Doyen of Singapore Oppn dies of heart attack

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Singapore, Sep 30 (UNI) The most vociferous Opposition leader of Singapore, Joshua Benjamin Jeyaretnam died today of heart failure.

He was 82 and survived by his two sons Kenneth and Philips.

Jeyaretnam, a lawyer, was elected to Parliament in the 1981 by-election in the Central Singapore constituency of Anson, setting a precedent that it was possible for Opposition politicians to be elected into Parliament.

It was Opposition's first win for a Parliamentary seat in 15 years.

Jeyaretnam had recently formed a new political party and was planning to contest in the next general elections.

His political career was marred by a series of court cases, some involving libel suits by Singapore leaders including minister, mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

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