31 Jan '17, 6am

[Mothership] Pioneers Aw Boon Haw & Tan Kah Kee were monitored by the CIA over suspected communist links

Recently, the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) made its repository of declassified documents available to the masses online. The documents can be browsed via the CIA Records Search Tool (CREST). Our searches on Singapore through CREST yielded interesting takes on some notable people of Singapore’s past. Keeping an eye on Singapore’s 20th century influencers During the Cold War, U.S. intelligence actively monitored the spread of communism, especially in Southeast Asia. According to the declassified CIA reports, some of Singapore’s Chinese community leaders, such as Aw Boon Haw and Tan Kah Kee, were sympathetic to the communist cause in the 1950s and 1960s. Aw Boon Haw – the Tiger Balm King Famed businessman Aw Boon Haw, together with his brother Aw Boon Par, owned the successful Tiger Balm business in Singapore. Aw also operated a newspaper empire that stretched from ...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/01/pioneers-aw-boon-haw-tan-kah...

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