Neo Tiew was born in China in 1884. He had joined the Chinese Army and at some point, migrated to Singapore. He took up residence quite far away from the city center, gradually contributing in to the build up of a travellers' inn, a village, roads and houses, even a seaport. Owing to his military background, he also came around to running his own justice force that meted out brutal punishments in the village. As a result, crime was extremely low in this area. During the WWII, he raised funds for the Chinese cause and even went over to the mainland. When the Japanese successfully invaded Singapore, Neo's family were massacred by the Japanese conquerors. After the war, Neo returned to his former role.
Seen here are the graves of his mother (right) and second wife (left).
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