125 family members gather for reunion

SINGAPORE - When the Tans, who run the Prime Supermarket chain of 19 stores, gather for their Chinese New Year reunion dinner, it is an eye-popping event.

Probably the largest household in Singapore, their dinner this year had 125 family members from five generations tucking in at the family home on Toh Crescent, off Upper Changi Road.

Many flew into Singapore for the get-together two days ago, which was the biggest the family had ever organised in years, said Mr Tan Hong Khoon, 60, the household's head.

It was held at their three-storey, 32-bedroom mansion, where 80 family members live under one roof.

The oldest at the dinner table was 87-year-old Koh Ah Soon, aunt of Mr Tan, who chairs Prime Group International - a family business made up of a modern pig farm, five Sun Island golf-cum-holiday resorts and two international schools in China, plus the supermarkets in Singapore.

The youngest, three-month-old Nara, is the great-granddaughter of one of Mr Tan's 12 siblings.

To mark the occasion, the clan did what they did 20 years ago: Pose for a family picture.

It was snapped at the same spot outside their hexagonal-shaped home.

But this time, only about half of the family members showed up, said Mr Tan.

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