Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Khoo Kim Lian

Khoo Kim Lian, MBE, JP

Khoo Kim Lian was an English educated Straits Chinese. He was born on 11 July 1892 in Malacca. He joined the Malacca Volunteer Corps under the Chinese Company, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Khoo Kim Lian was a manager at the Lee Kong Liat & Sons, at Muar (1910 – 1912), he later became the manager for Tambalak Estate (1915 – 1950) and retired in 1952. He co-founded the Malacca Chinese Literary Association (1912) and the Malacca Volunteer Rifles (1915). He was also a member of the Eng Choon Association of Malacca. In 1951, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), for public services in the Federation of Malaya. He married Cheong Kon Neo. Khoo Kim Lian died in 1962.


Source:

  1. Supplement to the London Gazette, June, 1951, p. 3085 
  2. Lim, H.C. & Jorge, F. (2005). Malacca: Voices from the Street. Melaka: Lim Huck Chin (p. 140) 
  3. Morais, J.V. (1967). The Who’s Who in Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur (p. 138)
  4. Chua, B.C. (2006). Our Story: Malacca High School, 1826-2006. Kuala Lumpur: MHS Anniversary (p. 145)

13 comments:

  1. Thats my grand uncle. Thanks for the write up on some forgotten history.

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  2. Hello, I just joined blogger today. This blog is very informative. My grandfather was Tan San Tee and great grandfather Tan Hoon Hin. I was born and live in Australia. My father Tan Kwan Chye migrated to Australia in the 1950s. Do you have any info on Tan Hoon Hin or related history. Thanks Robyn Tan

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      Kindly elaborate on how can I assist you in your family research?

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  4. Just dug up a framed color photograph of the late KKL previously owned by my dad and now in my possession. Its carefully stored among other inherited family stuff. The framed picture hung prominently in my parents home for decades.

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    1. Hi Lee,

      The portrait here is taken from the Malacca High School.

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  5. My dad's mother (grandma passed on in 1942, grave at Cheng) is KKL's elder sister. I'm related through the maternal line. KKL is wholly responsible for my dad's support, education, and welfare till he achieved high government post Merdeka. My dad is greatly indebted to him. I recall meeting KKL when very young in the mid 60's at the house in Limbongan, unsure who lives there now and never been back since. My dad greatly resembled KKL during his final years. My dad passed in 1983.

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    1. Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the sharing. I would love to know more about KKL's personal life, such as his children. The article here is taken mainly from The Who’s Who in Malaysia.

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  6. Hi Eugene,
    I know very little about him except of his reputation from my dad. His wife, grand-aunty Molly migrated with some family members to Australia after his demise, I honestly don't know what become of them thereon. I was too young to anything further. My cousin in Malacca bought over GAunty's Toyota car and used it for the next amazing 40 years. I was recently told that his grandson now lives or own the house in Limbongan which still stand as a legacy to KKL. Perhaps you meet with the current occupant of the house may reveal a lot more information.
    All I have is his picture portrait and some very old pictures of him and his wife present at my parents wedding in Johor Bahru in 1956.

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    1. Yes! I am Edwin Khoo his grandson from his 3rd son Khoo Peck Kiat & now living in his Liansville house at 2495C, Limbongan, Klebang Kecil, 75200 Melaka. We can meet for teh tarik if you are in Melaka. my contact is h/p:019-6568168, e-mail: edkhookhm@yahoo.com

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  7. Hi Edwin,
    Hope to meet you sometime when I visit Melaka again. Gotcha number and teh tarik anytime.. Gong Xi Fa Cai 2014 to you all and family. God bless.

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  8. Thanks Eugene for the great work. Very surprised to Google and found a wiki about my great grandpa.

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  9. Hi

    My grandma was Seow Geok Bee. Her youngest sister Seow Geok Lee married Tan Hong Tee, son of Tan Hoon Hin. They had 2 sons, George and Sunny. Are we on the same page?

    I'm also looking for connections, so if we are talking of the same family, do email me at mok.caroline@gmailcom. Would love t hear from you.

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