Sunday, July 29, 2018

Tan Leong (Kopi Sua Cemetery)

It is my first time exploring the other portion of Kopi Sua Cemetery (also sometimes refer as Whitley Cemetery ) which was separated by PIE. The entrance to this place is via the long staircase just before St.Joseph Institution. While exploring, i came across the tomb of Tan Tan Leong who passed away on 28 June 1949. A year after his death there was a memoriam published by his family. In it, the late Tan Leong was listed to have worked in the Municipal Treasury as a Clerk. The death date on the tomb matches the article and fortunately, i am able to decipher the name of his family as well from the tomb. He is survived by one son; Tan Chye Poon, 4 daughters; Tan Suan Neo, Tan Kim Neo, Tan Wan Yew, Tan Ah Chuan, Tan Ah Kin; 1 grandson; Tan Kim Kiat.
Mr. Tan Leong, a Clerk at Municipal Treasury 
source: NewspaperSG

Python in No. 55 Veerasamy Road

As i continued my search, i found a interesting article that led me to locate Tan Leong's former residence, No 55 Veerasamy Road.  It was a story of a 15 foot Python in the bathroom. The Python was first seen by Mr. Tan's grown up daughter, Miss Tan Swan Neo (Tan Suan Neo) who saw the reptile slide in through a partition in the wall and coil down on the bathroom floor. The neighbours manage to capture it.

Quarters cannot be "Bequeated"

55 Veerasamy Road was the living quarters allotted to Tan Leong when he was a Singapore Municipal Officer. In a very interesting article i found out that Tan Leong's son was also a Municipal Officer in the Treasurer's Department. After the death of his father, Tan Chye Poon applied to the Municipal Commissioner to be allowed to stay in the quarters originally allotted to his father who died in service in June 1949. The Municipal Commissioners rejected this application citing a rule that "where the quarters have been allotted to a Municipal Officer for his occupation during service, another Municipal Officer has no right to live in the same quarters or to occupy it after the death of the tenant. This rule applies to family members. Tan Chye Poon was given up to September 30 1950 to vacate the house.

[research on-going]

Quarters cannot be "bequeated". The Straits Times, page
In Memoriam. (1950, June 28). The Straits Times, page 6
Python in the bathroom. (1941, July  29). The Straits Times, page 10

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