Pioneer of local cinema Goh Eng Wah dies at 92
GOH Eng Wah, a local entrepreneur and pioneer of Singapore's cinema industry, died on Saturday from lung infection, aged 92.
Mr Goh was the executive chairman and founder of Eng Wah Global, whose business in Singapore and Malaysia extends from property to entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle, reported the Business Times.
He was an illustrious entrepreneur who pioneered both film distribution and exhibition in Singapore, the firm said in a statement.
He steered an entertainment empire that spanned 70 years and included the Happy Theatre, Victory Theatre in Gay World, Silver World Theatre and later, the Happy World.
Mr Goh eventually made his business "one of the major Singaporean brands", said the firm.
Early this year, Mr Goh received the "Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry's SG50 Outstanding Chinese Business Pioneers" award for his business achievements and contributions to Singapore.
According to Shin Min Daily News, Mr Goh, who originally dealt in grocery and Chinese herbal medicines, took to importing Hokkien and Cantonese movies from Taiwan and Hong Kong upon seeing a growing demand.
His company was the first to set up cinemas in Singapore's housing estates, reported Shin Min.
In 1994, Eng Wah Global became the first local cinema company to be listed.
Mr Goh, who seldom complained of discomfort until a few months ago, leaves behind his wife, four children, a son-in-law and five grandsons.