Clash of the clans: First the Teochews, now the Hainanese

Leaders of Hainanese community clash over control of association's assets

Hwee Kuan president Phua Kiah Mai (left) says he is willing to sit down and talk things out with THK chairman Foo Jong Peng. Above: The Beach Road building, long seen as a home for the Hainanese community in Singapore, now bears a sign that reads Khe
The Beach Road building, long seen as a home for the Hainanese community in Singapore, now bears a sign that reads Kheng Chiu Building instead of Hainan Hwee Kuan. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
Hwee Kuan president Phua Kiah Mai (left) says he is willing to sit down and talk things out with THK chairman Foo Jong Peng. Above: The Beach Road building, long seen as a home for the Hainanese community in Singapore, now bears a sign that reads Khe
Hwee Kuan president Phua Kiah Mai (left) says he is willing to sit down and talk things out with THK chairman Foo Jong Peng. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI PHOTO: COURTESY OF PHUA KIAH MAI
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For three decades, the characters "Hainan Hwee Kuan" in elegant Chinese calligraphy adorned the facade of a building in Beach Road.

On a Friday evening two weeks ago, they were taken down.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 15, 2019, with the headline Clash of the clans: First the Teochews, now the Hainanese. Subscribe