Saturday, March 22, 2008

Easter Weekend in Ipoh - In Memory of Molly Heah

I found myself in a Catholic Church on Easter Weekend.


A relation from Ipoh, Molly Heah, wife of Choong Ching Liang had passed away and I attended her funeral service. Her husband had passed away ten years earlier with his profile below: 

Datuk' Choong Chin Liang, DPMP,PMP,JP (1919–1998) was a Malaysian Chinese businessman, philanthropist and Justice of the Peace from Ipoh, Perak who was known to Malaysians as the "Heart Man of Ipoh" due to his philanthropy and his long involvement with the Ipoh Lions Club Heart Fund. He was known to Ipoh Residents as one of the most charitable individuals in the city and was involved in numerous non-profit organizations. Choong dedicated his wealth and industry to the many causes that he supported.

Datuk Choong was the only charter member of the Lions Club of Ipoh with the most number of years of service and was also District Governor of District 308 (Malaysia,Singapore,Brunei).

The formation of Multiple District 308 was sent by the late DG Dato' Choong Chin Liang to Lions Club International in the fiscal year of 1982/1983.

Dato' Choong was married to Datin Molly Choong and had 4 children, Choong Moh Guan, Choong Moh Huat, Choong Moh Kheng, and Choong Gaik Li.


Choong was also the Founder of Chye Hin Construction Company, which later renamed itself to Mudajaya Construction. Mudajaya Construction was one of the companies that now form IJM Corporation Berhad, one of the largest public listed companies on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. Mudajaya Group is itself also a noted construction company publicly listed on the KLSE.
(Source : Wikipedia)



Lunch was served after the funeral service :


It was an opportunity to meet with the Choong family clan of Ipoh city whom I had often visited when I was a small child with my parents but never knew how we were related to each other


Thanks to the work of a relation Choong Swee Hock pictured on the right above, who published his family tree in a booklet given to me, I now know the relationship of everyone in the Choong family to our Chong Family. Apparently the first wife of his grandfather was the aunt of my grandmother, Cheah Suan Kee whose position in our family chart is found at http://familylane.info/history/ . The Choong family are very big today as the grandfather Choong Boon Chye had 4 wives and adopted two daughters. They have kept close together due to established family traditions to meet regularly for annual lunches and dinners instead of just on the occasion of a marriage or death of a family member only. I have offered my assistance to Swee Hock's nephew Koon Eu to create web pages as ours so that we could be linked on the web.

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