Sunday, July 05, 2020

Khoo Eng Wah and family (Bukit Brown)

Khoo Eng Wah was the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Khoo Teng Hin. He was active in sports and was involved in many sporting clubs such as the Shanghai Badminton Club and the Amateur Sporting Association. Like his father, he also purchased property. There was an article in 1931, where he and his elder brother, Khoo Eng Teck purchase freehold land and houses, "Shanghai Hill" No 367 Pasir Panjang Road, "Glenholm" No 366 Pasir Panjang Road, 2 acres 18 poles for $24,000. 

In April 1931, it was announced that Khoo Eng Wah (third son of Mr and Mrs. Khoo Teng Hin of No. 5, Shanghai Road, ) was engaged to Miss. Wee Swee Neo (youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wee Boon Teng of No 5 and 7 Kim Yam Road). Khoo Eng Wah (the third son of the late Mr and Mrs Khoo Teng Hin) passed away at the age of 39 at his residence at No. 35 Koek Road, Syonan on May 27, 1945. He is survived by his wife Madam Wee Swee Neo, 2 sons ( Khoo Cheng Wee, Khoo Cheng Lim) , 4 daughters (Khoo Gek Choo, Khoo Gek Lin, Khoo Gek Kee, Khoo Gek Liew),  and several brothers. He is buried in Bukit Brown Hill 4 Division A. Madam Wee Swee Neo passed away at the age of 57 on 13th November 1966. She leaves behind 2 sons, 4 daughters, 1 daughter-in-law, 4 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren to mourn her loss. The cortege leaves 13, Lorong Kembang to Kampong Kapor Methodist Church and burial at Bidadari. 

During the Japanese occupation, Khoo Eng Wah was likely to be employed by the Showa Tsusho Co. Ltd and was an Auxiliary Police volunteer (A.P. personnel of "E" Division). In the early months of Japanese occupation, Khoo Eng Wah of 35 Koek Road was among many other Straits born Chinese selected under the guise of the Overseas Chinese Association that were called to help register all those who have no means of livelihood at present, the aged, sick and poor who are incapable of working to support themselves.

Khoo Eng Wah 

Obituary notice of Khoo Eng Wah

Son: Khoo Cheng Wee
An article in 1958 mentions a then 21 years old Singapore student who was in Australia to gain a degree in electrical engineering and a place in the University of Melbourne's swimming team. Kho of 35 Koek Road started his course at the University of Melbourne in 1957 at the end of 4 years, he hopes to complete the degree and return to work for the Singapore City Council. Khoo Cheng Wee is on a Singapore City Council scholarship whch has similar terms and conditions to the Colombo Plan scholarship. 
Khoo Cheng Wee

Son: Khoo Cheng Lim
Madam Wee Swee Neo admiring the gold medal that was received by his son, Khoo Cheng Lim for being the most brilliant engineering student in 1961 from the University of Malaya. He worked for some years in the Public Works Department before becoming a lecturer in 1969. Associate Professor Khoo Cheng Lim was a Dean of the National University of Singapore Faculty of Architecture and Building before  becoming the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Chairman in 1987 at the age of 49. Dr. Khoo eventually step down as chairman when his term expires on 31 March 2001. 

Madam Wee  Swee Neo with Khoo Cheng Lim

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Khoo Teng Hin 
Khoo Teng Hin was a property owner and dealer. He was also a committee member of the Tiang Ho Kok Association before becoming its Vice-President in 1932. Khoo Teng Hin passed away on September 11, 1938 at the age of 59. Madam Lim Chye Kim passed away on June 5, 1933 at the age of 52. On their tomb at Bukit Brown are the name of his sons (Khoo Eng Teck, Khoo Eng Wah, Khoo Eng Chye, Khoo Eng Watt, Khoo Eng Poh, Khoo Eng Tee, Khoo Eng Tin, Khoo Eng Cheng, Khoo Eng Hock, Khoo Eng Chuan, Khoo Eng Choon,Khoo Eng Tong, Khoo Eng Chiong, Khoo Eng Hong) , daughters (Khoo Wan Neo, Khoo Eng Neo, Khoo Seong Neo, Khoo Lee Neo, Khoo Sim Neo, Khoo Hye Neo) and grandchildren (Khoo Chin Beow, Khoo Cheng Wee, Khoo Cheng Lim, Khoo Cheng Lock, Khoo Cheng Soon and Khoo Cheng Bee). 
Mr and Mrs Khoo Teng Hin

Property Sale.(1931, February 16). Malayan Tribune, page 4
Domestic Occurrences. (1931, April 20). Malaya Tribune, page 8
Acknowledgements. (1945, May 30). Syonan Shimbun, page 2
Two happy mothers. (1961, June 10). The Straits Times, page 5
Death. (1966, November 14). The Straits Times, page 20
NUS don appointed chairman of URA. (1987, April 25). The Straits Times, page 38
URA shuffles top management, new chairman picked. (2001, March 1).Business Times, page 11 
Khoo Teng Hin and Lim Chye Kim. (website). Singapore Tombstones Epigraphic Materials 新加坡墓碑铭集录

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