|Mr and Mrs Teo Kim Eng|
Philanthropist and "Kepala"Prior to war, Teo Kim Eng contributed to the Malayan Patriotic Fund, London Air Raid Relief Fund and China Relief Fund. He is a millionaire but prefers to be known as a "kepala" of his 100-acre holiday resort in Tampenis. Mr. Teo Kim Eng was observed to be working with his labourers in his estate and was seen during weekends spending hours working under the hot sun, shirtless and armed with a changkol (hoe). When a journalist who went down to his estate to interview Teo Kim Eng, the millionaire, he introduced himself as the kepala here.
Teo Kim Eng company is Guan Choo & Co. located at 149 Cross Street. There were many articles of his company renting out various seaside bungalows own by him. In 1956, 1 year after his death, Guan Choon & Co is associated with Teo Song Lian. If i follow the thread of Teo Song Lian and the company, there was an article in the Business Times 1988, where Teo Song Lian as Chairman of Guan Choon & Company Pte Ltd sought for the company to be winded up voluntarily.
Guan Choon & Co.
There was an acknowledgement notice in February 1942 by Teo Kim Eng of Chop Guan Choon, 149 Cross Street, thanking relatives and friends who attended the funeral of his wife. However the name of the wife was not mentioned.
Teo Kim Eng passed away in 12 April 1955 and is buried in Bukit Brown Hill 3 Division A
|Tomb of Mr and Mrs Teo Kim Eng|
There are roads named after him and his company, Teo Kim Eng Road and Jalan Guan Choon (expunged)
|Jalan Guan Choon (Pasir Ris) -expunged|
|Teo Kim Eng Road|
ReferencesAcknowledgment. (1927, February 160. The Straits Times
This millionaire prefers to be known as a "Kepala". (1947). Sunday Tribune.