Wee Kim Wee GCB
(; 4 November 1915 – 2 May 2005) was the fourth President of Singapore
from 2 September 1985 to 1 September 1993.
Born into a humble family, Wee Kim Wee was the son of a clerk, Wee Choong Lay and his wife Chua Lay Hua. His father died when he was eight. Wee studied at Outram School
, and he started out as a clerk working for The Straits Times
, before becoming a reporter focusing on political issues. He eventually became one of the paper's main reporters. In 1941 he joined the United Press Associations
, and was its chief correspondent in the 1950s. He returned to The Straits Times
in 1959, and was appointed deputy editor in Singapore. In 1966, he interviewed the former Indonesian
president, General Suharto
, reporting Suharto
's intention to end the three-year confrontation with Malaysia
). He broke the news with a front-page headline using Suharto's own words: "Suharto: 'Peace: The sooner the better'" .
Wee was editorial manager when he retired in 1973 to become the High Commissioner
to Malaysia, a position he held for seven years. He was appointed ambassador to Japan
in September 1980, and to South Korea
in February 1981. At the end of his diplomatic career in 1984, he was appointed chairman of the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation
– the predecessor of the current MediaCorp
Studios – and became president a year later.
Up until Wee's second term as President, the... Read More