S R NATHAN 1924 — 2016

Mrs Nathan's sari gift made into jacket

Business leader Jennie Chua tells the crowd at the funeral service that her outfit is made from the sari Mrs Nathan gave her.
Business leader Jennie Chua tells the crowd at the funeral service that her outfit is made from the sari Mrs Nathan gave her.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Business leader and former Community Chest chairman Jennie Chua shared an anecdote about former president S R Nathan and his wife yesterday to show their generosity.

In her eulogy, she recounted a fund-raising event a decade ago when she told Mr Nathan how much she admired his wife's beautiful sari.

"I had noted that sari material could be made into nice jackets and dresses." A few weeks later, a parcel arrived from the Istana, containing an "exquisite deep brown sari with white embroidery".

"The accompanying note said the sari was from Mrs Nathan," she said.

Pointing to her outfit, she told the 2,000-strong crowd at the funeral service: "The jacket I am wearing today is made from that sari."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 27, 2016, with the headline 'Mrs Nathan's sari gift made into jacket'. Print Edition | Subscribe