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What are facts about Tan Tock Seng?

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March 01, 2012 9:11AM
  1. He was the first Asian to be appointed Justice of the Peace (JP).
  2. He was known to provide burial costs for the Chinese poor.
  3. In 1844, he donated Spanish $7,000 to the building of the Chinese Pauper's Hospital, which was later renamed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital or TTSH.
  4. He was a founder of the Thian Hock Keng Temple at Telok Ayer Street, Singapore's oldest temple, which had been the centre of worship for the Fujian Chinese and donated money to the construction.
  5. His role in helping the early Chinese immigrants settle disputes earned him the title "Captain of the Chinese."