Ong Teng Cheong

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Former President Ong Teng Cheong. (Source: Official Presidential Photo)

Ong Teng Cheong (王鼎昌, Wng Dǐngchāng) (January 22, 1936 - February 8, 2002) was the first elected President of Republic of Singapore. He is a Christian. He studied in The Chinese High School, and is arguably the school's most famous alumni.

Ong was chairman of the People's Action Party and secretary-general of the National Trades Union Congress, Ong was considered a firm Lee Kuan Yew loyalist. During his tenure in the Ministry of National Development, Ong was a champion of the Mass Rapid Transit system. He later became the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister in 1985.

However, soon after his election to the President in 1993, he became embroiled in a dispute with the government over the access of information regarding Singapore's financial reserves. He later decided not to run for a second term as president in 1999.

Ong Teng Cheong's wife, Ling Siew May, died in August 1999 after a cancer relapse. Mr Ong Teng Cheong passed away on February 8, 2002 at the age of 66 in Singapore.

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