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In Memoriam: 6 lesser-known facts about Mrs Wee Kim Wee

Her legacies live on after her passing. Here are some facts one might find surprising, and to remember her by.

Hailed as the “unsung heroine of Singapore” by President Halimah Yacob, Mrs Wee Kim Wee was known as a person of many strengths and endeavours. The former First Lady was an advocate for disadvantaged children, an extraordinary talent in the kitchen, and a selfless woman of quiet grace. Many who encountered her have commented on her warmth and kindness.

While her passing is mourned, her life is one to celebrate. Here’s a list of facts – from her contributions to Singapore’s communities to her relationships – that you might not have previously known about.

  • 01: She was born in 1916 to a Peranakan family in Singapore.

    Mrs Wee, whose maiden name was Koh Sok Hiong, was the eldest among eight children. While Dr Wee Kim Wee came from a humble background, Mrs Wee was born to a Hokkien businessman, Khor Chwee Thor, who built transportation boats; and Koh See Neo, a nyonya.

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