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This Place is on Brewster Road, now its called Jalan Sultan Idris Shah., same row at the other end is Eastern Hotel and Cimb Bank. The ground floor used to be OCBC bank until the late 80′s early 90′s., when most of the banks start using AUTO TELLER MACHINES. Next to it, use to be a Malay Restaurant named Restaurant Semanjung. In the 60′s & 70′s era, this was a In place for good Malay food.
Chua Cheng Bok building
If I am not mistaken, Yoon Lian Realty Sdn. Bhd. was founded by the late Mr. Ho Mok Heng, who was my good friend. Mok Heng was an interesting character, who was a graduate. He was trilingual, being excellent in Chinese, English and subsequently, Malay. His knowledge of Malay was so good that he could quote pantuns. He started as a teacher, subsequently joined OCBC, Taiko Plantations, co-founded Yik Foong Development (Yik Foong Complex) and their associate companies, joined with Tan Sri Lee Shin Ching and acquired Industrial Oxygen (IOI), left and subsequently formed Hwa Yang Sdn. Bhd. Someone should do an article on the late Mr. Ho. Coreen, Eastern Hotel is now known as D’Eastern Hotel, another company with an interesting history. Chua Cheng Bok Building also has an interesting history.
Hi SY. if you could tell us MORE about Mr Ho Mok Heng (and provide some pictures too?) we don’t mind putting his story up on our database. we welcome such stories since it helps us build IpohWorld’s website
Just wanted to add on to your piece about Mok Heng – he was truly a good teacher and mentor for me when I started my working life. Low-key profile but high-impact results. These are the silent “heroes” that Ipoh produced.
If IpohWorld is interested in this story, you might want to check out and seek permission from the existing BOD of Hua Yang Berhad.
Sorry Felicia, cannot offer more about Mr. Ho Mok Heng. The rest may be too personal and I lost touch with him after he went to KL except for the CNY cards which we used to send to send each other. Maybe Cindy will be in a better position to offer some insight since whe worked with him.