Tung On Wui Kun is a renowned Chinese association in Singapore with a history of 130 years. It was founded in 1876 by the Chinese immigrants from Dong Guan and Bao An (Guangdong, China). From the past to the present, Tung On Wui Kun accompanied Singapore in witnessing its changes and development from being a British colony to gaining independence in 1965 as well as its struggle to become a prosperous country.
The mission of Tung On Wui Kun was to look after the social welfare of the Chinese Immigrants in the early years and to shoulder the social responsibility which the British Colonial Government had somehow neglected. Members of Yung On Wui Kun were mostly labored women in Chinatown. These women worked as maids, construction workers, latex collectors or hawkers. Although they led a frugal and thrifty life, they managed to donate about three to five dollars to the association per year. After generations of hard work, the present members on Tung On Wui Kun are engaged in various occupations in different industries such as electronics, manufacturing, chemical, food and beverages, properties and finance.
After the Second World War, the number of Tung On Wui Kun?s members increased to about 3000 due to the rapid increase in the population of Singapore. As a result Tung On Wui Kun flourished. In 1923, Tung On Wui Kun set up Tung On Chinese Free School, known as Tung An Yi Xiao (????). Its purpose was to enable the immigrants from Dong Guan and Bao An to receive free education. The school closed down at the end of 1946 due to the lack of pupils and funding for the school.
Tung On Wui Kun has always been a keen party in charity works. From 1972 onwards, the clan association has been distributing bursaries to the children of its members and red packets to the senior members. The clan association promotes the importance of education by distributing bursaries to outstanding students with excellent academic results. It also shows its concern and respect to the senior members by presenting them with red packets.
In order to preserve Chinese tradition and culture, Tung On Wui Kun established the Cantonese Opera Troupe in 1940s. it functioned as a recreational centre for the members to relieve them of their homesickness. Besides that, it also staged performances during various celebrations. At a later stage, Cantonese Opera Troupe becomes more involved in charity performances and fundraising.
Tung On Wui Kun seeks to establish close relationships with all the fellow countrymen in the world to enhance Singapore?s development as well as to promote trade and cultural exchanges. Being members of Tung On Wui Kun, they share a strong sense of pride and identify together and benefit immensely from its membership services, facilities and activities.