|Ong Sam Leong|
Even up to 1967, an Straits Time article dated March 27, 1967, Ong Sam Leong's wealth existed with a government announcement of urban renewal in Rochor area in which Sam Leong's estate was affected. I wonder if any of his estate and wealth still exist today among his grand or great grand children?
|Strait Times, Mar 27, 1967|
|Death notice on Straits Times|
|Ong Peng Hock, Mrs Ong Sam Leong, Ong Boon Tat|
|Mourners and hearse in front of Bukit Rose|
|Funeral Procession of Mrs. Ong Sam Leong|
His sons, Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peng Hock were also the proprietors of the New World Amusement Park. When they eventually passed away, they were buried near their parents. His daughter, Ong Boey Neo who married Khoo Peck Lock (son of rice merchant and shipowner, Khoo Phee Soon), is also buried nearby.
The Sam Leong tomb is touted to be largest in Bukit Brown and at the time of his death, the burial place was exclusively for the Seh Ong's only before it eventually became a municipal cemetery subject to size restrictions. Located up a hill, it's security is provided by two lions and two sikh guards. Other than its sheer size, what makes it unique is the huge earth diety it has (the size of a normal tomb), a huge moat that was according to stories used by the local village children and cemetery workers as their "swimming pool".
What is also beautiful is the complete 24 stories of filial piety, that graced their tomb. If you are keen to find out what this stories are, you can get them from Raymond Wong's Bukit Brown's website. (no point repeating this since it was comprehensively written at that site).
|Mr and Mrs Ong Sam Leong|
Mrs Ong Sam Leong. (1935, May 27). The Singapore Free Press, page 7