Tan Choo Leng

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Tan Choo Leng
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Singapore
In role
28 November 1990 – 12 August 2004
Prime MinisterGoh Chok Tong
Preceded byKwa Geok Choo
Succeeded byHo Ching
Personal details
Political partyPeople's Action Party
Spouse(s)Goh Chok Tong

Tan Choo Leng (simplified Chinese: 陈子玲; traditional Chinese: 陳子玲; pinyin: Chén Zǐlíng) is a Singaporean lawyer and the wife of Singapore's second prime minister Goh Chok Tong.


Tan obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Singapore (now the National University of Singapore). She is currently an advocate and solicitor for M/s Wong Partnership.

She has given her support to many charities, and was best known for being a patron of the Singapore National Kidney Foundation (NKF). During the 2005 NKF scandal, she commented that the annual salary of S$600,000 drawn by NKF's chief executive officer T. T. Durai (the central figure in the incident) was considered "peanuts" as compared to the hundreds of millions of dollars managed by the NKF. Her remark was subsequently met with negative reactions from many Singaporeans.

Tan stepped down as a patron after Durai and the NKF's board of directors resigned under public pressure on 14 July 2005. Goh Chok Tong later told the press that his wife regretted making that comment.[1]


  1. ^ "Ex-NKF patron Mrs Goh Chok Tong regrets remarks about TT Durai's pay: SM Goh". Channel NewsAsia. 16 July 2005.