|Wee Kim Wee and wife Koh Sok Hiong|
The preface was mysteriously removed from the later publications.
Wee Kim Wee's family
Wee was born to Wee Choong Lay and his wife Chua Hay Luan. Wee Choong Lay came from a poorer branch of a rich family. He was a ship purser but was blind when Wee Kim Wee was six years old. Chua Hay Luan is likely to be the aunt of Mrs Lee Chin Koon nee Chua Jim Neo, LKY's mother.
Chua had to take on menial jobs to support the family, after her husband was incapacitated. Her cousin Chua Keng Bin, gave them S$10 a month. The family moved into a rented house in Holland Road and subsisted on poultry and fruit trees that were grown in the home's compound. Wee attended Pearl's Hill School, Outram School and Raffles Institution but halted his education in 1929, at the age of 15, to supplement his family income through work.
Finally, Wee lost his father when he was only eight and his mother when he was 19. Wee married Koh Sok Hiong, a very remarkable woman in my opinion. She loved Chinese culture and forced her children to learn Chinese. Wee worked in the press and served as high commissioner since 1973, and was made president of Singapore in 1985.