Khoo Salma Nasution, heritage activist, will present a talk on Mr Cheah Cheang Lim based on her book, Redoubtable Reformer: The life and times of Cheah Cheang Lim, which reads…..
Growing up during the era of British colonial expansion in Malaya, Cheah Cheang Lim believed that economic progress should yield the fruit and flower of social progress. He was born to a Penang Hokkien family in Taiping and started out as a postal assistant on the Perak frontier.
He was then recruited by his cousin Foo Choo Choon, the ‘Tin King’ of Tronoh Mines fame, who bankrolled Wu Lien-Teh’s anti-opium movement. Cheah himself became an owner of tin mines and rubber plantations. He endowed the Perak Maternity Hospital and provided leadership to the Hokkien community in Cantonese-speaking Ipoh.
A federal councillor for two terms (1927–33), he lobbied for the restoration of the Queen’s Scholarship, calling upon the British Empire to live up to its promises.
Khoo Salma is co-founder of Areca Books as well as co-author of the books Raja Bilah and the Mandailings in Perak: 1875 – 1911, plus Kinta Valley: Pioneering Malaysia’s Modern Development. She is also vice-president of Penang Heritage Trust and custodian of the Sun Yat Sen Museum.
Date: 30th June 2020 (Tuesday)
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