Tan Siew Sin
Tan Siew Sin
|3rd President of the Malaysian Chinese Association|
November, 1961 – April 8, 1974
|Preceded by||Dr. Cheah Toon Lok (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Tan Sri Lee San Choon|
|Malaysian Minister of Finance|
August 22, 1959 – April 8, 1974
|Prime Minister||Tunku Abdul Rahman
|Preceded by||H.S. Lee|
|Succeeded by||Hussein Onn|
May 21, 1916|
Jalan Heeren, Malacca
|Died||March 17, 1988
Malayan Chinese Association (MCA)
|Spouse(s)||Toh Puan Catherine Lim Cheng Neo|
|Relations||Son of Tun Dato Sir Tan Cheng Lock|
Minister of Finance
Tun Tan Siew Sin (Chinese: 陈修信; pinyin: Chén Xīuxìn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Tân Siu-sìn; 21 May 1916– 17 March 1988) was Malaya's (later Malaysia's) first Minister of Commerce and Industry, Finance Minister for 15 years, and president of the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA, later Malaysian Chinese Association).
The only son of Malaysian statesman and MCA founder Tan Cheng Lock, Tan Siew Sin was born on 21 May 1916 in Malacca and educated at Malacca High School in Malacca and then at Raffles College in Singapore. Before then, he went to a Girls School which his father decided to, that is Suydaim Girls School which is now the Methodist High School.
In 1935, he felt ill and was diagnosed as having tuberculosis. He fully recovered after an operation in Switzerland for treatment. Three years later, he moved on to his higher education in the field of law in England and graduated with First Class Honour at the Middle Temple, one of the four inns of court in London. He returned from London to take over the family's plantation business in 1939.
Tan Siew Sin was elected a Member of Parliament for Malacca in 1955. He joined the Malaysian cabinet first as minister of trade and industry, and later became the finance minister in 1959. He then took over as president of the MCA in November 1961, and held on to both positions until retiring for health reasons on 8 April 1974. After resignation he became an advisor to the government on economic issues.
Tan Siew Sin died on 17 March 1988 in Kuala Lumpur.
His widow, Catherine Lim Cheng Neo, whom he married on February 8, 1947 was an active campaigner for family planning. They had three daughters.
In Kuala Lumpur, there is a street, Jalan Tun Tan Siew Sin (formerly Jalan Silang) which was renamed after him in 2003.
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