Ex-minister Hon Sui Sen's wife dies

Former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew paying his respects to Mrs Hon Sui Sen at Church of St Mary of the Angels. With him are Mrs Hon's daughters, Brenda Jackson Yap and Elizabeth Tan. <

SINGAPORE - Some of Singapore's top leaders went to pay their respects to Mrs Annie Hon on Thursday night at a church in Bukit Batok.

She was the wife of the late Mr Hon Sui Sen, a finance minister in former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew's first Cabinet.

Mrs Hon died on Wednesday at the age of 95.

She and her husband, who served in Government for 44 years, were close personal friends of Mr and Mrs Lee Kuan Yew and President and Mrs Tony Tan.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who knew her as "Auntie Annie", attended the wake with his wife Ho Ching.

The elder Mr Lee and President Tan also went to pay their respects.

Mrs Hon's daughter, Mrs Brenda Jackson Yap, 61, a retiree, spoke of her mother's legacy to the family: "The best thing she passed to us was her faith. She would go to St Bernadette's Church (in Zion Road) every day."

Both Mrs Hon and her husband were devout Catholics.

In the book Hard Truths To Keep Singapore Going, Mr Lee Kuan Yew gave an insight into her faith.

He said: "Hon Sui Sen was a deeply religious Catholic, and so is his wife. The wife sincerely believed that when she dies she will meet her husband. This gives her great comfort."

Mr Hon, who was finance minister for 13 years, died of a heart attack in 1983, at age 67.

He was one of the longest-serving ministers in Mr Lee's Cabinet, one whom Mr Lee described as "a star player".

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