He was Thai king's beloved friend: Book reveals new details of Tan Tock Seng and clan

(From left) Mr Kua Bak Lim, Mr Roney Tan and Mr Lim How Seng, the co-authors of An Illustrious Heritage - The History Of Tan Tock Seng And Family. ST PHOTO: EUGENE GOH
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SINGAPORE - In the 1880s, Tan Kim Ching, the eldest son of philanthropist Tan Tock Seng, married a Thai woman by the name of Pheun.

"In those days, when the king offers you a lady to marry, you can't say no," said Mr Roney Tan, a fifth-generation descendant of Tan Tock Seng and chairman of the Tan Tock Seng Medifund Committee.

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