Wee Kim Wee

4th President of Singapore (1915–2005)

Wee Kim Wee (Chinese: 黄金辉; pinyin: Huáng Jīnhuī; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Ûiⁿ Kim-hui; 4 November 1915 – 2 May 2005) was a Singaporean diplomat who served as the fourth President of Singapore between 1985 and 1993.

Wee Kim Wee
4th President of Singapore
In office
2 September 1985 – 1 September 1993
Prime Minister
Preceded byDevan Nair
Succeeded byOng Teng Chong
Singapore Ambassador to South Korea
In office
February 1981 – April 1984
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Singapore Ambassador to Japan
In office
September 1980 – April 1984
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Singapore High Commissioner to Malaysia
In office
1973 – September 1980
Prime MinisterLee Kuan Yew
Personal details
Born(1915-11-04)4 November 1915
Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died2 May 2005(2005-05-02) (aged 89)
Cause of deathProstate cancer
Resting placeMandai Columbarium
Political partyIndependent
Spouse(s)Koh Sok Hiong
ChildrenWee Eng Hwa
Bill Wee Hock Kee
Wee Hong Neo
Wee Bee Neo
Alma materOutram School
Raffles Institution
  • Journalist
  • diplomat

Wee was the Ambassador to the Republic of Korea between 1981 and 1984, Ambassador to Japan between 1980 and 1984 and the High Commissioner to Malaysia between 1973 and 1980 before he was elected by the Parliament of Singapore as the President of Singapore.[1]

Wee died of prostate cancer in his home at Siglap Plain in Singapore on 2 May 2005 at the age of 89.

References change

  1. "Wee Kim Wee". National Library Board. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.