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Ai Tong School Benefactors 爱同学校恩人

Tan Kah Kee 陈嘉庚先生 1874 – 1961


Tan Kah Kee came to Singapore from Fujian.  He made his fortune in the rubber business and was often referred to as the Rubber King.  He made great contributions to education, and schools which benefited from him included Tao Nan School, Ai Tong School, and Chong Hock Girls’ School.  He set the common motto (Sincerity and Perseverance) that is shared by all Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan affiliated schools.


Tan Kah Kee can be regarded as Ai Tong’s saviour.  Through his extremely generous and unwavering support, especially in 1923, Ai Tong was able to survive a financial crisis.


He was the president of the Hokkien Huay Kuan in 1929 and the third chairman of Ai Tong School Advisory Board.



陈嘉庚先生可以说是爱同的救主,因为正是他无私慷慨的奉献和坚定不移的支持,才使爱同 尤其是在1923 渡过财务危机,得以生存下来。



Lee Kong Chian 李光前先生 1893 –1967


He came to Singapore in 1903.  He too made his fortune in rubber.  Like Tan Kah Kee, Lee Kong Chian was very committed towards education and other philanthropic work. He set up the Lee Foundation in Singapore in 1952.  He was one of the founders of the Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation (OCBC) and was President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1939.


Tan Lark Sye 陈六使先生 1897 – 1972


Tan Lark Sye was an orphan who travelled to Singapore, overcame all possible obstacles and did very well for himself.  He was a successful rubber magnate and one of the founding directors of Overseas Union Bank in 1947 and President of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1949.  As Chairman of the Hokkien Huay Kuan from 1949, he was instrumental in the post establishment of many schools and Ai Tong was one of them.  He donated $5m to Nanyang University’s building fund and, gave 523 acres of land in the name of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan to this cause. 

陈六使先生是个孤儿。他来到新加坡,历尽艰辛、排除万难,终获成功,成为橡胶业巨头。1947年,他作为创办人之一创立了华联银行。1949年,陈六使先生当选新加坡中华总商会主席。在他担任福建会馆主席的任期间,以他为首、创办和接续了许多学校,其中就包括了爱同学校。他还捐献了五百万新币创办新加坡第一所 — 也是唯一的一所 — 华文高等学府 —— 南洋大学,并代表福建会馆向这项事业捐献523亩土地。