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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow

We thank Lennie Brooks for these pictures. Her father once served in the 15/19 Hussars as their Company Sergeant Major Instructor. Back in 1955, they lived at No. 20, Chung Thye Phin Road – yes, at Chung Thye Phin’s mansion nonetheless. These pictures show a mosaic of Chung Thye Phin and also an interesting marble statue, which were once part of the mansion’s deco.

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  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear felicia

    Thanks for a most interesting post!

    I looked in the database but did not see much information about this house. I did find several wonderful photographs (including those shown above), donated by Lennie Brookes — for which thanks!

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    About the house: It was built by Chung Thye Phin circa 1920, around the time of his (ceremonial) installation as (the last) “Kapitan China” of Perak. At the time, it was located on Chamberlain Road[1]. In the mid-’50s, it was sold to Foo Yet Kai, who soon, and very charitably, turned it into a hospital to be run by the daughter of Leong Yew Koh.

    Not only were several of Chung Thye Phin’s children born in the house in the early ’20s, so was the British Chinese Association of Malaya.[2]

    As for the neighbours: one of them was Chua Cheng Bok.

    All in all, it was an auspicious location!

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    *1: About the name of the road: In the old days, Chamberlain Road ran south from Jalan Masjid, turned east at an intersection with Kampar Road, then ran north back up to Hugh Low Street. It was only that last portion running up to Hugh Low Street that was re-named after Chung Thye Phin a few years before he died.

    *2: About the British Chinese Association of Malaya: It was a sort of “political club” founded in Ipoh in 1923 to represent (wealthy) people of Chinese descent who asserted that British Malaya, not China, was their true home. In Singapore a similar association had been set up earlier by and for the “Straits-born Chinese.”

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