Yong Pung How

Yong Pung How

杨邦孝
Yong Pung How at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new School of Law building, Singapore Management University - 20140120-01.jpg
Yong at the ground-breaking ceremony for the new School of Law building of Singapore Management University on 20 January 2014
2nd Chief Justice of Singapore
In office
28 September 1990 – 10 April 2006
Appointed byWee Kim Wee
Preceded byWee Chong Jin
Succeeded byChan Sek Keong
Judge of the Supreme Court of Singapore
In office
1 July 1989 – 27 September 1990
Appointed byWee Kim Wee
Personal details
Born(1926-04-11)11 April 1926
Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Federated Malay States
Died9 January 2020(2020-01-09) (aged 93)
Singapore
NationalitySingaporean
Spouse(s)
Cheang Wei-Woo 
(m. 1955; died 2020)
Alma materDowning College, Cambridge
OccupationBanker, judge, lawyer
Yong Pung How
Traditional Chinese楊邦孝
Simplified Chinese杨邦孝

Yong Pung How DUBC, DUT (First Class) (11 April 1926 – 9 January 2020) was a Malayan-born Singaporean banker, judge, and lawyer who served as Chief Justice from 1990 to 2006. Prior to his judicial career, he was a lawyer, banker and senior government official. He was the chancellor of the Singapore Management University between 2010 and 2015.

Early life and education

Yong was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya, in an ethnic Chinese family with Hakka ancestry from Dabu County, Guangdong, China. His father, Yong Shook Lin, was a lawyer who founded the law firm Shook Lin & Bok.[1][2] After completing his early education at Victoria Institution, Yong went on to read law at Downing College, Cambridge University.[3] While in Cambridge, he developed close friendships with Lee Kuan Yew and Kwa Geok Choo.[4] Yong was made an Exhibitioner and an Associate Fellow in his college years and he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1949, and with a Bachelor of Law in 1952.[5]

In 1970, Yong attended the six-week Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.[6]

Other Languages
Simple English: Yong Pung How
中文: 楊邦孝