Mrs Wee Kim Wee was an unsung heroine in Singapore's history: President Halimah Yacob

Mr Wee Kim Wee and his wife in 1985.
Mr Wee Kim Wee and his wife in 1985.PHOTO: ST FILE
Mrs Wee presenting gifts to children during a police fun fair and carnival in 1985 at the then Police Academy in Thomson Road.
Mrs Wee presenting gifts to children during a police fun fair and carnival in 1985 at the then Police Academy in Thomson Road.ST FILE PHOTO
President Halimah Yacob's condolence message to the late Mrs Wee Kim Wee's family in the guest book at the wake. ST PHOTO: YASMINE YAHYA
President Halimah Yacob's condolence message to the late Mrs Wee Kim Wee's family in the guest book at the wake. ST PHOTO: YASMINE YAHYA

SINGAPORE - The late Mrs Wee Kim Wee was an unsung heroine in Singapore's history, said President Halimah Yacob on Sunday (July 8).

In a Facebook post, Madam Halimah said that as the wife of one of the country's most well-loved Presidents, Mrs Wee served the people with grace.

"She was a steadfast advocate of education and providing opportunities for disadvantaged children and youth," Madam Halimah wrote.

"Active in supporting charitable causes in these areas during Dr Wee's presidency, Mrs Wee continued to do so in later years."

Born Koh Sok Hiong, Mrs Wee died on Saturday, two days after turning 102 on Thursday.

She met Dr Wee in 1936, and they married the same year. Dr Wee was Singapore's president from 1985 to 1993, , and he died in 2005.

Madam Halimah said she and her husband were deeply saddened to learn of Mrs Wee's passing.

 

Among her various contributions, Singaporeans will perhaps most of all remember Mrs Wee for her selfless dedication to the late Dr Wee, Madam Halimah added.

"Throughout their 69 years of marriage, Mrs Wee always stood by and supported Dr Wee. Their love story will remain an inspiration to many."

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said Dr Wee and Mrs Wee served Singapore with distinction.

He told reporters on Sunday that he met Dr Wee and Mrs Wee many times when he was a senior civil servant, and they were always very gracious.

“They have conducted themselves extremely well, they have showed great care and concern for the community, they have done an outstanding job, so I’m very saddened to hear about the passing of Mrs Wee.”