Wealthy widow gave $50,000 retirement gift to driver

Wealthy widow gave $50,000 retirement gift to driver
SINGAPORE - Madam Chung Khin Chun, who is embroiled in a legal tussle over the control of her $40 million assets, was generous and good-tempered, said those who know her.

The 87-year-old headed Singapore General Hospital's physiotherapy department in the 1960s, according to retired physiotherapist Yip Foong Yee, 78, a former colleague. "She was a popular physiotherapist because she was easy-going and gentle," said Madam Yip.

Madam Chung was married to Dr Chou Sip King, a general practitioner who retired after having a stroke. He died in 2007.

The couple were inseparable, said close family friend Chang Phie Chin, 84, who has known them for more than half a century. "They were a very loving couple," she told The Straits Times. "When Dr Chou had a stroke in 1983, she stopped working to be close to him."

Neighbours recalled seeing the couple going on walks in the manicured backyard garden of their bungalow at Gerald Crescent, near Yio Chu Kang Road. The large garden, which had fruit trees, was about the size of half a football field.

"She would ask the maid to pass rambutans to the neighbours, she is very generous," said property agent Linda Tan, 50. She has been neighbours with Madam Chung since 1999.

Her generosity extended to her employees as well. Mr Jarudin Mustafa, 80, was Madam Chung's family driver and gardener from 1979 to 2009. When he left her employment, she gave him $50,000 as a retirement gift. He said: "She treated me very well, like her own family."

tohyc@sph.com.sg

This article was published on Sept 4 in The Straits Times.

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