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Dead driver was nightclub co-owner


RACING ENTHUSIAST: (Above and top) Mr Kwek Kon Chun. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/NEVERLANDIISG, FACEBOOK/KONCHUN

Mr Kwek Kon Chun, a former vice-president of corporate management at Hong Leong Asia (HLA), was from an illustrious family.

The graduate of Imperial College London was the nephew of HLA chairman and managing director Kwek Leng Beng.

The family was named the second richest in Singapore by Forbes this year, with a net worth of $7.8 billion.

Singaporean close friends and racing partners of the younger Mr Kwek declined to speak, saying they wished to respect the family's privacy.

The co-owner of the Neverland Group had opened several nightclubs over the past five years, including Club Neverland at Orchard Plaza, Neverland II at St James Power Station and Club Sonar at Orchard Hotel.

Mr Franco Toh was the marketing manager of Neverland Group, reported Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao.

DISTRAUGHT

Singer Sylvester Sim of Singapore Idol fame, who was a guest artist at Neverland, was distraught to hear about the accident.

Sim had felt his lowest after he left Dragonfly at St James Power Station in 2012, but Mr Kwek gave him a platform to perform.

Mr Kwek later transferred Sim to Club Sonar to be an entertainment manager.

Sim told The New Paper: "He (Mr Kwek) was always supporting me... he was a humble person and a music lover as well.

"To most people, they have lost a boss. To me, I have lost a friend and a brother."