A gem – Within the Walls of Tun Tan Siew Sin’s Ancestral Home

This book is a ” labour of passion” as Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon puts it in his foreword ” The Genesis of This Book”.

Jointly authored by Datin Paduka Tan Siok Choo {daughter of Tun Tan Siew Sin} and Dato Dr Lee, with inputs by Tan Sri Dr Koh, this is a beautiful book of an ancestral home in Heeren Street, now renamed Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.

In this book we can see the photos, paintings, calligraphy, cartouches and other memorabilia in the Tan family’s ancestral home. Each item is lovingly described in English and Chinese.

For those keen on the historical contributions of this Tan family to nation building in general and on the affluent and Chinese lifestyle of a blue blood Malacca Baba family, this book is a gem. It was a pleasure for me to receive this book from Tan Sri Dr Koh when he visited my home in Nov 2019 for dinner.

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