Othman Wok

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This is a Malay name; the name Wok is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Othman.

Tuan Haji Othman Bin Wok[1] (born 1924), often known as Othman Wok, is a former Singaporean politician. He was a minister in the Cabinet for 14 years. He was the Minister of Social Affairs from October 1963 to June 1977. After retiring from active politics, he was Singapore's ambassador to Indonesia and served on the boards of the Singapore Tourism Board and Sentosa Development Corporation. For his political, economic and social contributions to the nation building of Singapore, he was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (2nd Class) in 1983 by President Devan Nair.

Othman completed military service (called National Service in Singapore) with the People's Defence Force in 1980, holding the rank of major. He also retired from politics in the same year. He has held the post of Director of various corporate companies and was also a board member of Sentosa Development Corporation.

Othman is married with four children. His hobbies include reading and writing ghost stories, one of his books being Malayan Horror: Macabre Tales of Singapore and Malaysia in the 50s, a compilation of stories written by him.


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