Naming Ceremony of Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building and Tan Lark Sye Walk
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21 October 2019
The Naming Ceremony of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building (SHHK Building) and Tan Lark Sye Walk was held on Saturday, 19 October 2019 at 4.30 pm.
The Ceremony took place at the SHHK Building, formerly known as the SHSS building. The Nanyang Valley was also renamed as "Tan Lark Sye Walk" during the event, which was graced by the Guest-Of-Honour, Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung.
In conjunction with Singapore's bicentennial celebrations, the Naming Ceremony of the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Building and Tan Lark Sye Walk was held in recognition of and to honour the lasting support and generosity of the SHHK and the late Mr Tan Lark Sye towards the founding of Nanyang University, also known as Nantah, which contributed significantly to Singapore's nation-building and educational development.
Over the years, SHHK has been passionate in developing education, preserving culture and advancing social services, while Mr Tan Lark Sye was a generous philanthropist and an ardent advocate of education whose legacy continues to inspire Nantah graduates and alumni to this day.
The support from SHHK and Mr Tan Lark Sye, once the Chairman of SHHK and founder of Aik Hoe & Co, dates back over 60 years ago, in 1953. Below is a brief timeline of the contributions from SHHK and Mr Tan Lark Sye:
- 1953: Mr Tan Lark Sye gifted $5 million towards the Nantah building fund. With inflation adjustment, this gift would be approximately valued at $46 million today.
- 1955: SHHK donated 523 acres of its land in Jurong for the construction of Nantah, the same plot of land for the current NTU Yunnan Campus.
- 1996: SHHK donated $24,000 to establish Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan Scholarship in which the fund has been expended.
- 1998: The Tan Lark Sye Professorship in Chinese Language and Culture drew donations of nearly $2 million from various groups of donors including SHHK, the Nantah Alumni and Aik Hoe & Co., in which the latter was the largest donor of $750,000. The Professorship enabled two distinguished Chinese scholars each year to give lectures and do research.
- 2012: An event that combined a public lecture, seminar and book launch about Mr Tan and Nantah was organised in conjunction with Mr Tan's 40th death anniversary.
Presently, SHHK has donated more than $170,000 to NTU, including the Tan Lark Sye Professorship in Chinese Language and Culture and the Centre for Chinese Language & Culture Programme Fund.