Friday, June 08, 2012

Pang Cheng Yean (Bukit Brown)

Pang Cheng Yean (1889-1951) was a director of United Chinese Bank Ltd and Batu Pahat Bank Ltd, Vice-President of the  Merrilads Musical Association, President of the Ngo Loo Club.

United Chinese Bank open its doors at Bonham Building, Chulia Street, with an authorised capital of 4 million on Oct 1, 1935 with its chairman Mr  Wee Keng Chian, deputy chairman Khoo Beng Cheang. With its opening, it brings the number of banks to 4. The others are Sze Hai Tong, Lee Wah and Overseas Chinese Bank.

The Merrilads Musical Association are a group of talented amateur Chinese that provide entertainment such as acting in "bangsawang" and "kronchong" singing, in aid of causes such as performances for the Anti-Opium Society of Singapore and China Relief Fund. Pang Cheang Yean even entertained the Sultan of Kelantan and The Crown Prince at at a tea dance event held at No 7 Buckley Road, the house of Mr Soh Beng Lim. Other prominent chinese present in this event  include Lee Kong Chian, Tan Ean Kiam, Ong Kia Peng, etc.
(source: NewspaperSG)

Feb 27, 1937 Straits Times (13th Anniversary of Merrilads Musical Association)
(source: NewspaperSG)

503 kg of opium seized
There was an incident that happened in 1949, where customs officer after an 8 hour stake out, arrested a group of opium smugglers and confiscated 1,109 lb (503 kg) of opium from Pang Cheang Yean's outhouse bungalow at Tanjong Rhu. The outhouse was occupied by one of the smugglers family (Kong Ah Fatt) just after the end of World War II and although Mr Pang did ask them to leave, the smuggler delayed moving out by giving excuses it was difficult to find a new place. It was a case of a kind act of Mr Pang being abused.

Contributions 
Tanjong Rhu Yong Guan School Fund (1926), Jubilee Fund (1935), China Relief Fund(1937) , The War Fund (1940)
Pang Cheang Yean
Death
Pang Cheng Yean passed away at the age of 62 on January 8, 1951 at No1 Balmoral Road. He left behind his mother, Madam Koh Teo Neo, his wife, Pang Cheng Tee (elder brother), Pang Cheng Eng, Pang Cheng Siew (younger brothers), Madam Pang Poh Neo, Mrs Ho Cheow Hin (younger sisters), 3 sons, Leong Chwee, Leong San and Leong Sian, 1 daughter, Pang Gek Kim. His wife, Madam Choo Peck Lian died on September 21,1967, age 77.

Pang Cheng Yean's family
The eldest son, Pang Leong Chwee married Miss Tan Poey Quee (eldest daughter of Mr & Mrs Tan Chong Teck). The wedding took place on June 23, 1940 in his father's home at 1 Balmoral Road and officiated by the famous Dr Lim Boon Keng himself. After the wedding, they donated $2,00 to the War Fund..
(source: NewspaperSG)

Pang Leong Chwee and Tan Poey Quee
(source: NewspaperSG) 
 Mr.Tan Chong Teck is one of the son's of Mr Tan Kheam Hock.


Miss Pang Gek Kim married Mr Lim Kim San, a Raffles College graduate and son of Mr and Mrs Lim Choon Huat of 11, St Michael's Road. The wedding took place on Feb 24, 1940 at 1 Balmoral Road and again officiated by Dr Lim Boon Keng. The bridesmaid was Miss Tan Poey Quee (future sister-in law) and Ang Kim Lee while the best man was Mr Goh Keng Swee. (The bestman is Singapore's former Deputy Prime Minister that passed away at the age of 91 in 2010. Mr Goh Keng Swee was a Raffles College graduate in 1939 and was college mates with Lim Kim San).

Mr Lim Kim San went on to become the first Chairman of Housing Development Board and held many more Ministerial portfolios throughout is illustrious career. He was the first person to also be awarded the highest State honour- " The Order of Temasek".
Pang Gek Kim and Lim Kim San
(source: NewspaperSG)
Madam Pang Gek Kim passed away on August 31, 1994. Mr Lim Kim San passed away on July 20, 2006.



Parents of Mr and Mrs Pang Cheang Yean
Pang Cheang Yean's father is Mr Pang Teck Teng. His mother is Madam Koh Toh Neo. His mother who died on May 30, 1964 is buried on the right of his tomb. His brothers include Pang Cheng Tee, Pang Cheng Eng and Pang Cheng Siew. His sister's include Pang Poh Neo and Pang Chit Neo.

The tomb on the left belongs to Mrs Choo Chwee Hock (Madam Kang Cheong Neo). Mrs Choo Chwee Hock who died at the age of 78 on April 28, 1941 is the mother of Choo Peck Lian (wife of Pang Cheang Yean).



Reference
Untitled. (1929, August 19). The Singapore Free Press, page 8
Around the clubs. (1934, February 25). The Strait Times, page 4
Chinese Bank opened today.(1935, October 1). The Straits Times, page 12
Sultan of Kelantan. (1936, October, 20). The Strait Times, page 13
Untitled. (1937, February, 26). The Strait Times, page 13
Advertisements. (1937, October 20). The Straits Times, page 5
Yesterday's wedding.(1940, February 25). The Straits Times, page 3
Gifts after wedding.(1940, June 24). The Straits Times, page 8
Advertisements. (1941, July 7). The Singapore Free Press, page 9
Custom's 8-hour watch on bungalow. (1949, May,4). The Strait Times, page 4
Deaths. (1951, January, 9). The Strait Times, page 6
Lim Kim San.[website]. from Infopedia
Untitled.(2000, August 31). The Straits Times, page 64
Untitled.(2006, July 22).The Straits Times, page 27

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