Family of late CJ Yong Pung How gives $20m to SMU’s law school
The family of the late former chief justice (CJ) Yong Pung How has donated $20 million to the SMU law school to set up financial aid and fellowship programmes as well as a research fund. The donation forms part of the 15th anniversary celebrations of the SMU Yong Pung How School of Law (YPHSL). The SMU School of Law was renamed in 2021 after Mr Yong, who passed away in January 2020. Dean of YPHSL, Professor Lee Pey Woan, said the gift is of “exceptional significance” because Mr Yong was “not only an outstanding lawyer and a distinguished judge but also a pioneer and a nation-builder who made extraordinary contributions to Singapore”. “His single-minded commitment to justice and the nation’s well-being will be our constant inspiration,” she added.