Two Teochew associations in row over shared building

The Teochew Building in Tank Road, off River Valley Road, has housed both the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan and Ngee Ann Kongsi since it was built in 1963. From left: Honorary secretary for Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan Woo Chee Chay, president Chua Kee Tean
From left: Honorary secretary for Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan Woo Chee Chay, president Chua Kee Teang, lifetime honorary president and adviser George Quek and vice-president Chan Kian Kuan showing an old picture of members in front of the Teochew Building, at a press conference yesterday. The Huay Kuan said it intends to counter a legal case by Ngee Ann Kongsi, after the latter attempted to remove the former from the premises so that redevelopment can be carried out.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Two of the oldest Teochew associations here are embroiled in a dispute over the Teochew Building at 97 Tank Road, which they have shared since it was built in 1963.

On Dec 7 last year, Ngee Ann Kongsi served an originating summons on the Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan to move out of the premises for redevelopment, its latest salvo since it first gave notice to the Huay Kuan in June 2017 to move out.

At its annual general meeting yesterday, Huay Kuan president Chua Kee Teang, 70, said the 90-year-old association would counter the legal proceedings, and urged members to stay united in order to safeguard their interests.

According to the Huay Kuan, it owns the land, which is held in trust by Ngee Ann Kongsi.

Ngee Ann Kongsi plans to spend more than $40 million to redevelop the premises.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 25, 2019, with the headline 'Two Teochew associations in row over shared building'. Print Edition | Subscribe