SENIOR Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Balaji Sadasivan, who was battling colon cancer, died early on Monday morning. He was 55.
Foreign Minister George Yeo broke the news of his death in a Twitter message just before 10.30 am on Monday. ‘Mourns the passing away of dear friend and colleague Dr Balaji Sadasivan,’ he twitted.
Dr Balaji had surgery at Gleneagles Hospital on Sept 23, 2008 to remove a cancerous tumour in the colon.
Before he entered politics in 2001 as a PAP candidate, he was a neurosurgeon at Gleneagles Hospital.
Soon after, he was elected as an MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC. He was appointed minister of state for health and environment in November 2001.
From May 2006 to March this year, he was senior minister of state for foreign affairs and information, communications and the arts. In April, his responsibility was confined to the ministry of foreign affairs.
Dr Balaji leaves behind his wife, Dr Ma Swan Hoo, whom he met in medical school, and two children, Anita and Dharma.