Teo Mee Lan
Recipient of the Jamiyah Exemplary Mother Award in 1995
A devoted mother, who despite the many hardships she faced, raised her children with unconditional love and undying devotion. She moved to Singapore at a tender age of 18 to follow her father and got married a couple of years later. She had nine children and worked tirelessly on a vegetable farm.
In addition, she also took on jobs as a cleaner at a clinic and a caretaker at a neighbourhood community centre in order to support the family financially, putting in above 20 hours daily.
Despite the hardships, she still managed to put five of her children through to university. All of them have been successful in their chosen professions.
As a measure of her success, all of her children have been instilled with good virtues, making them responsible and filial.