Be a Part of the Chua Thian Poh Legacy

He may not have a Wikipedia entry yet, however Chua Thian Poh has been a long serving Chinese community leader and in partnership with the government, created the 10 million dollar Chua Thian Poh Entrepreneurship Education Funds, which is being used to foster entrepreneurship and innovation education at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to enhance their Master of Science in Technopreneurship and Innovation Education. National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduates now have the opportunity to develop their community leadership skills, thanks to a generous donation from Mr Chua to enable NUS to set up a community leadership programme. Mr Chua’s donation to NUS further reflects Mr Chua’s history as a highly successful businessman and effective community leader.

The Entrepreneur

Leaving school at 16 years of age, Mr Chua struck out from his father’s business and became a millionaire at 21 years of age by producing metal hooks and spikes for the logging industry. The business collapsed when timber prices dropped a year later. In the 1970s he ran an import/export business from Indonesia and once again lost millions during the 1978 devaluation of the Indonesian rupiah, which occurred in response to a fall in oil prices and decrease in Indonesian foreign reserves. Since 1983, Mr Chua has been in property development and is one of Singapore’s richest men and the chairman of Ho Bee Investments, which specialises in high end residential projects in London, Singapore and Shanghai. It also operates many other local and international businesses such as printing, engineering and petrol kiosks.

The Community Leader

1993 marked the start of Mr Chua’s involvement in the Community when was invited to join Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI). 3 years later he was elected to the executive council at the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK), which is the largest Chinese Clan in Singapore representing more than 4,200 members. He has served other community organisations such as:

  • Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) – Provides education, employment and income support for disadvantaged Chinese families through 11 CDAC centres.
  • Central Singapore Community Development Council – Provides community assistance to more than 970,000 residents in 7 Group Member Representations (GRC) and Single Member Constituencies (SMC) in the Singapore’s Central District.
  • National Arts Council (NAC) – A statutory board set up under Ministry of Information Communications and Arts (MICA) to spearhead the development of arts in Singapore.

In March 2010, Mr Chua was elected the president of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK) and later that year he became the Chairman of Singapore Federation of Chinese Clans Association (SFCCA) which represents more than 190 Chinese Clan groups in Singapore.

Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan (SHHK)

Headquartered at 137 Telok Ayer Street, SHHK is the most influential Chinese Clan group representing the largest Chinese dialect group in Singapore. It administers the Hokkien Foundation, 2 real estate companies, 6 schools and 4 temples including Thian Hock Keng Temple where the SHHK was originally based in 1840.

During the initial days, it looked after the welfare of its members and maintained law and order within the Chinese community. In 1915, with a Supervisor of Schools Mr Wang Huiyi, created the Chong Hock Girls School (now called Chongfu School in Yishun) which was the only girls school in Singapore at a time when women were considered inferior. Schools managed by SHHK initially educated students in Chinese curriculum using Hokkien, but quickly moved to teaching English, Mathematics and Chinese under Singapore’s standard educational system. In 1955, the SHHK donated land for Nanyang University’s (now called Nanyang Technological University) campus.

Now helmed by Mr Chua, the organisation also does much work with preservation of Chinese culture and language by organising the biennial Hokkien Festival and supporting Chinese performing arts in Singapore through donations and collaborations, offering classes through the Singapore Hokkien Huay Arts & Cultural Troupe and giving out bursaries and awards such as the annual Chinese Literacy Awards.

Come to the inaugural National University of Singapore Chua Thian Poh Community Leadership Symposium 2011

Hear from an international panel of community leaders and academics on community building and leadership. Talk to the speakers and other distinguished guests over a fine dinner. This event will also launch the Chua Thian Poh Leadership Programme at National University of Singapore.
Wednesday 2 November 2011 at 3pm all the way to dinner which starts at 7pm
Chua Thian Poh Hall, University Town, National University of Singapore
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