Leong Fee

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Leong Fee

Leong Fee (simplified Chinese: 梁辉; traditional Chinese: 梁輝; pinyin: Liáng Huī) is the Hakka name for Liang Pi Joo (1857–1912), a worker from Guangdong Province in China who emigrated to Malaya in 1876. He arrived in Penang and, half a year later, moved to Perak where he began to make his fortune in tin. He was a tin miner, businessman, a visiting Justice for Kinta (1892), the first Chinese Member of the Federal Legislative Council (1909)[1] a Penang state senator, a member of the Perak State Council, a Chinese Vice-Consul to Penang (1902 to 1908) and a philanthropist.[2] He married the daughter of millionaire-philanthropist Hsieh Yung-kuan, the Chinese Vice-Consul to Penang before him.[3] He was a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.[4]

In 1902 he opened a mine in Tambun. Renowned Malaysian businessman Leong Sin Nam once worked in his tin mine.[5] One year later Tambun held the world record for tin production.[6]

Leong Fee Mansion[edit]

Built on Leith Street around the 1900s as a personal residence, it now belongs to the Christian Brothers and has been leased to an art school, Akademi Seni Equator.[7]

Hakka Chinese Tin Miners Club[edit]

Leong Fee founded the club in Ipoh in 1893. His son, Leong Yin Khean alias Liang En-Chuen, continued to sponsor the lodge after his father's death in 1912 and eventually sold the house cheaply to the club.[3] He was a member of the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Generations: The Story of Batu Gajah By Tak Ming Ho, Perak Academy Published by HO TAK MING, 2005; ISBN 983-40556-5-X, ISBN 978-983-40556-5-3; pp. 105, 113, 117, 119, 120, 132
  2. ^ Days Gone By: Growing Up in Penang By Christine Wu Ramsay, South Yarra: Macmillan, 2004
  3. ^ a b The Official Website of Tourism Penang by The Penang Tourism Action Council
  4. ^ a b Virtual Malaysia, The official ePortal of Tourism Malaysia
  5. ^ Everitt, W.E. History of Mining in Perak. 1952. Vols. 14, Page 60
  6. ^ Ipoh Echo, July 2007
  7. ^ John Glines