The passing on of Mr. JB Jeyaratnam is a sad day for all Singaporeans.
JBJ, as he is affectionately known, is one man who believes in sticking resolutely to his principles to the very end.
To JBJ, the Westminster model of Parliamentary democracy is the only one worth emulating.
To JBJ, the many tweakings of our political model are at best compromises, at worse these are serious attempts to unfairly entrench the ruling party.
To some JBJ is a hero, to others a failure. There are yet others who feel that he could have played a greater role in the history of this proud little red dot, called Singapore. If only he would yield a little.
History will be the ultimate judge.
Mr. JB Jeyaratnam, May you rest in peace.
Dr.Huang Shoou Chyuan
NB: Above letter printed in ST Forum (1st Oct 2008)
By Lee Foong Ming, Channel NewsAsia
Posted: 30 September 2008 0814 hrs
SINGAPORE: Former opposition MP and former Secretary-General of the Workers' Party, Mr JB Jeyaretnam died early Tuesday morning due to heart failure.
He was 82.
His son Mr Kenneth Jeyaretnam told Channel NewsAsia that Mr Jeyaretnam, who had a pre-existing heart condition, had complained of breathing difficulties at about 1.30am.
He was rushed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him.
He passed away with his family by his side.
A lawyer, Mr Jeyaretnam was the first opposition member to win a Parliamentary seat in 15 years when he defeated the People's Action Party's Pang Kim Hin and the United People's Front's Harbans Singh in the Anson By-Election in 1981.
He left the Workers' Party in 2001, and in July this year, had launched a new party called the Reform Party.
Mr Jeyaretnam leaves behind two sons.