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SINGAPORE    High & Low Tides


    What's New - What's Gone

    What's Gone - Thanks For The Memories!



We have listed these people here, where they will remain in our history books, in tribute to the contributions they have made to our lives here in Singapore.

If you have anything you wish to share with us and our readers here, write them down for posterity in our Forum.

CHEW Choo Keng - Singapore Biscuit King

Born 1916 in Tong An, a county near Xiamen, the capital of Fujian, China

Died 9 Jul 2001 in Singapore at the age of 86. Had 5 wives, 23 children, 34 grandchildren, and 4 great-grand children. 

Founded the Khong Guan brand, a household name here


Left China at the age of 19 to come to Singapore

Worked for TAN Kah Kee at the Khiam Aik biscuit factory

Changed his original name CHEW Zhu Keng to CHEW Choo Keng at the behest of TAN Kah Kee

Set up Khong Guan Biscuit Factory in 1947 with S$60,000

Religion: Buddhist

Dialect: Hokkien


NG Eng Teng

Died of pneumonia on 4 Nov 2001 at the age of 67. A 1981 Cultural Medallion winner, Mr NG is best known as the grandfather of Singapore sculpture and the man behind the bronze statue - Mother-And-Child - outside Liat Towers in Orchard Road.

He was a bachelor.

Some 1,000 of his works have been donated to the National University of Singapore (NUS) where there is a gallery in his name.


Mohamed Mustafa

Died on 17 Jul 2001, at the age of 85, of kidney failure in Apollo Hospital in Chennai, India. He was laid to rest in is home village at Juanpur, Utta Prakesh.

He left behind a wife, six children and six grandchildren.

He also left behind a S$280 million retail enterprise, Mohamed Mustafa & Samsuddin Co, now run by eldest son, Mustaq Mohamed, 50.

Mohamed was born to farmer parents in India. He came to Singapore in 1952, from Muar, Malaysia - where he had been peddling wares since 1950 - and sold foodstuff using a make-shift cart.

He expanded his business in 1971 when he opened a shop in Campbell Lane.

TANG Choon Keng

Died in September 2000, aged 98. 

Founded the popular department store C.K.Tang in 1932. 

He died at his home with his family by his side nine days before his 99th birthday.

     - Former Cabinet stalwart Lim Kim San dies

     - Singapore's first Foreign Affairs Minister S Rajaratnam dies

     - Former President Devan Nair dies

     - Former President Wee Kim Wee dies

     - Writer Augustine Goh Sin Tub dies

     - Theatre Doyen Kuo Pao Kun dies

     - Educator Brother Joseph McNally dies

     - Writer Gopal Baratham dies of pneumonia