Teo Teck Huat is the story of many early Singapore Pioneers who through hard work left a lasting legacy. He was a humble carpenter from China who came to Singapore seeking opportunities. He started Teo Teck Huat Contractors in 1928 which not only took on building but also renovation and repair works. With quality and good work over the years, they manage to secured the contract to build the Cathay Building at Dhoby Ghaut in 1937. The structure was then labelled as the first skyscraper in Singapore and Southeast Asia. In 1972, Teo Teck Huat (Singapore) was incorporated and it had many projects, both for the public and private sector which included the Pasir Panjang Garden Estate, Tunas Building, Tong Building, Tengah Military Air Base, Bridgeport Machines Factory, Pandan Junior College, Clementi Condominium, Registry of Vehicles Headquarters and of course the The Amara (Amara Hotel).
In 1981, the Teo Teck Huat group did a joint-venture agreement with Rush & Tompkins for major civil engineering works in the region. Their first joint venture was in the Marina Centre. It changed its name to Teo Teck Huat Investments Pte Ltd and later to Amara Holdings Pte Ltd. Amara Holdings Limited was listed on SGX Sesdaq in 1997 and later to the Mainboard in 2000. Their business includes hotel and property investments and management, specialty restaurants and food services.
Teo Teck Huat passed away on 5 June 1962. His wife, Madam Ng Wan Neo passed away on 6 Jan 1981. Listed on his tomb are the following;
Sons: Teo Joo Yan, Teo Joo Lai, Teo Joo Seng
Grandsons: Teo Gwan Hoon, Teo Peng Chuan, Teo Hock Chuan, Teo Chew Chuan, Teo Kwee Chuan, Teo Gwan Chye
Grand Daughters: Teo Siew Geck, Teo Siew Cheng, Teo Siew Kuan, Teo Soek Hoon, Tan Geok Tin, Tan Siew Bee, Tan Siew Leng
|Teo Teck Huat and Ng Wan Neo|
Son: Teo Joo LaiTeo Joo Lai was the Chairman of the Teo Teck Huat Group and Amara Hotel Singapore. Teo Joo Lai passed away at the age of 65 on 8 November 1988.
Listed on his obituary notice are;
Wives: Goh Ah Moy, Lim Ah Choon, Moh Soo Nee
Sons: Teo Peng Chuan, Teo Hock Chuan, Albert, Teo Chew Chuan, Teo Kwee Chuan, Teo Hin Chuan, Teo Jin Chuan, Teo Kheng Chuan, David
Daughters: Teo Geok Tin, Susan, Teo Siew Bee, Teo Siew Leng
Daughters-in-law: Chooi Geok Kheng, Tan Meow Cheng, Grace, Poh Lay Eng
Son-in-law: Lawrence Mok
Granchildren: Teo Hwee Yee, Teo Eng Keong, Teo Shao-Lynn, Teo Deng Jie, Teo EngYee, Timothy Mok
The cortege left from 39 Jalan Buloh Perindu.
His son, Albert Teo Hock Chuan took over as the CEO of Amara Holdings.
Location of tomb