Last updated Wednesday, September 17, 2014 01:22pm

ALOR STAR, March 15 — National Wanita MCA vice-chairman Datuk Lim Bee Kau passed away today after battling ovarian cancer for seven years.

Lim, 58, who is also Kedah Wanita MCA chief died at 4.30am at Ampang Hospital in Selangor.  

A relative, Chin Hooi Choo, 57, said Lim was admitted to the hospital since March 3 with third stage cancer.

“Yesterday, the doctor called all family members. She was unconscious since 10am yesterday before passing away at 4.30 am this morning,” she told reporters when met at Lim’s house in Taman Golf here today.

She said Lim was diagnosed with ovarian cancer since 2006 and the doctor had advised that a third stage cancer patient could live for up to five years.

Lim’s body would be brought to Taman Golf this evening and she would be buried at the Nian En Memorial Park at Kebun 500 in Pokok Sena on Wednesday.

Lim was the eldest of four siblings and was not married.

She was the member of Parliament for Padang Serai for two terms following her victory at the 1999 and 2004 general elections.

Meanwhile, former MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said Lim’s demise was a big loss to MCA as she was a hardworking leader in the party.

“I knew her since 1981 and we have worked together for the party. She was a very perseverant person. Despite her illness since 2006, she remained active in the party and became Kedah Wanita MCA chief, a post she held since 2004,” he said.

She was Wanita MCA vice-chairman for the 2005-2008 and 2008-2011 term and returned to hold the post in the 2013-2016 term after winning in the party election last year. — Bernama