Feb. 8, 2014 marked the 12th anniversary of the passing of Singapore’s first elected president,Ong Teng Cheong.
Your Facebook news feed was probably flooded with tributes to the man, who has been lionised by Singaporeans for acting the way a real president should: Having the gumption to ask about the size of Singapore’s reserves.
Tributes to him have been taking on a life of their own mostly after 2011, even focusing on how boyish he looks:
But does that make Ong Teng Cheong the coolest president Singapore had?
Well, an old blog post from 2011 about Singapore’s previous president, Wee Kim Wee, has also been making the rounds lately again.
It shows how good-looking Wee Kim Wee was when he was younger, like a Tony Leung Chiu-Wai:
My god, if he is your age now, your girlfriend will be his girlfriend.
And the post also points out an odd, lesser-known fact: Wee Kim Wee is related to Lee Kuan Yew.
Lee Kuan Yew’s mother, Chua Jim Neo, wrote a cook book, Mrs Lee’s Cookbook, some time in mid-1970s.
Wee Kim Wee, who was then the high commissioner to Malaysia in 1974, wrote a preface to the book and addressed Lee Kuan Yew’s mother as “cousin”.
The blog post also helpfully notes that this preface written by Wee Kim Wee was mysteriously removed from the later publications of the book.