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

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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This article is originally published on The Peak Singapore.

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