On behalf of the Wee family in Kuala Terengganu, I wish to express our
appreciation to you for your kind interest in the above matter. The page
was just recently shown to me. In the interest of accuracy, please
kindly allow me to correct an error in the intepretation by Dr T.D.Yih
regarding the chop mark on top of the coin. The word should be Wee
(Hwang - the surname of my family name in Mandarin character) not Gong.
I fully understand that it is rather hard to read the blurred character.
Please also allow me to show some light into Wee Sin Hee, who was my
grandgrandfather, the issuer of the coin.
1. Wee Sin Hee was the son of Wee Kiat Kheng who came from Fuxian <Fujian? - VB> province in China. He was linked to the Ching government of the day
as he had in his possession a full uniform of a Mandarin official.
He set sail for present day Kuala Terengganu from Tongan, in
Fuxian province via Thailand in the 18th century.
2. Wee Sin Hee was born in Kuala Terengganu, it was he who brought
fame to our family name. His business was trading in indigenous
products (pinang paste), tobacco and salt in Thailand, China and
Terengganu. He started to build his legacy with the construction of
more than 10 shophouses in the town and also became a friend of
Sultan. The coins the he issued, together with all other Jokoh coins
of that time were banned by the British in 1869.
3. Among the many shopshouses, two are prominent to this day with
the name Teck Soon (given to my grand uncle Wee Siau Suan) and the
other is Teck Soon Kee, which was given to my late grandfather
(Dato' Dewa Bakti Wee Siau Chaun). My grandfather was the only son,
among the four that Sin Hee had, who carried on the business which later
expanded downstream and upstream fishing industry.
4. The two shophouses Teck Soon and Teck Soon Kee still stand
proudly today reflecting its rich heritage in Kuala Terengganu
chinatown. Please find herewith attached the photos of the two
shophouses (photo 1, 2, 3 and 4) and Wee Sin Hee himself.
5. Wee Sin Hee tomb also still stands today on top of a hill
overlooking the mouth of the Terenganu river. The land was given by
the late Sultan of Terengganu in honour of his contributions to the
state. According to chinese traditions, such a site brings good
"feng shui" - good flow of energy/vibrations, which will flow through to
6. The coin museum of Malayan Banking head-office in Kuala Lumpur
has some pieces of my family coins well preserved, it is open to
I am the fifth generation from the Wee Sin Hee lineage.
Thanks for your interest in our heritage.
Luis J.A.Wee (Wee Jin Ann)