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Title: 林秉祥: 二十世纪初新加坡华商领袖研究 = LIM PENG SIANG (LIN BINGXIANG): A STUDY OF A SINGAPORE CHINESE BUSINESS LEADER
Authors: 黄义霖
NG GEE LING
Issue Date: 2017
Citation: 黄义霖, NG GEE LING (2017). 林秉祥: 二十世纪初新加坡华商领袖研究 = LIM PENG SIANG (LIN BINGXIANG): A STUDY OF A SINGAPORE CHINESE BUSINESS LEADER. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Lim Peng Siang Lin Bingxiang,1872 - 1944) was a Chinese th community leader in Singapore during the first half of the 20 century who had contributed significantly to Singapore's progression. He held various leadership positions in organizations such as the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), Leong Khay Huay Kuan and the Ho Hong Bank. His involvement in community and social activities also brought positive impacts to the Singapore Chinese community. However, till date, he has not been studied in-depth by the academia. Hence, by adopting a historical research approach, this thesis seeks to illustrate the significance of Lim's leadership in pre-war Singapore by highlighting his contributions within the Chinese community. This thesis is divided into three sections. The first section introduces Lim Peng Siang's life, his Ho Hong career and his contributions towards education. Lim was born in 1872 in Xiamen City, Fujian province. He arrived in Singapore and worked at a shipping company with his father. He then went on to set up his own company, Ho Hong Company and gained considerable wealth. In 1908, he became a representative of the Hokkien community in the SCCC. He then rose to become Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Chamber from 1913 to 1915. He founded Leong Khay Huay Kuan, a clan association in 1939. Apart from participating in the organizations' activities, Lim also contributed greatly to the schools as a member of various board committees by donating and promoting their developments. The second section discusses Lim's significance in the Singapore Chinese community from two perspectives: as the Chairman of the SCCC and as a Hokkien prominent figure. During his leadership period in the SCCC, Lim played an important role in maintaining the peace and stability of the Chinese community. As a Hokkien prominent figure, he was actively engaged in the affairs of the Hokkien clan, developing Leong Khay Huay Kuan in various areas while helping the Hokkien community to solve disputes. Lastly, the third section seeks to explore Lim's political tendency towards the Chinese Nationalist government and the British colonial government. Lim seemed to be more inclined towards China and identified himself strongly as an Overseas Chinese who is obliged to devote himself to his homeland. This can be seen from his continuous support to the Chinese Nationalist government and its related affairs as well as his involvement in donation drives, contributing and raising funds for disaster victims. On the other hand, Lim's relationship with the colonial government can be reflected from his participation as a member in the Singapore Chinese Advisory Board for 30 years, one of the longest as compared to other Chinese leaders. He also rendered help to the colonial government in World War I. However, this amicable relationship with the colonial government seems to be merely a responsibility as a Chinese community leader as his efforts did not go beyond the organizational level to a personal level of commitment. Hence, his relationship with the government was deemed as an effort to seek mutual benefits.Lim Peng Siang Lin Bingxiang,1872 - 1944) was a Chinese th community leader in Singapore during the first half of the 20 century who had contributed significantly to Singapore's progression. He held various leadership positions in organizations such as the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC), Leong Khay Huay Kuan and the Ho Hong Bank. His involvement in community and social activities also brought positive impacts to the Singapore Chinese community. However, till date, he has not been studied in-depth by the academia. Hence, by adopting a historical research approach, this thesis seeks to illustrate the significance of Lim's leadership in pre-war Singapore by highlighting his contributions within the Chinese community. This thesis is divided into three sections. The first section introduces Lim Peng Siang's life, his Ho Hong career and his contributions towards education. Lim was born in 1872 in Xiamen City, Fujian province. He arrived in Singapore and worked at a shipping company with his father. He then went on to set up his own company, Ho Hong Company and gained considerable wealth. In 1908, he became a representative of the Hokkien community in the SCCC. He then rose to become Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Chamber from 1913 to 1915. He founded Leong Khay Huay Kuan, a clan association in 1939. Apart from participating in the organizations' activities, Lim also contributed greatly to the schools as a member of various board committees by donating and promoting their developments. The second section discusses Lim's significance in the Singapore Chinese community from two perspectives: as the Chairman of the SCCC and as a Hokkien prominent figure. During his leadership period in the SCCC, Lim played an important role in maintaining the peace and stability of the Chinese community. As a Hokkien prominent figure, he was actively engaged in the affairs of the Hokkien clan, developing Leong Khay Huay Kuan in various areas while helping the Hokkien community to solve disputes. Lastly, the third section seeks to explore Lim's political tendency towards the Chinese Nationalist government and the British colonial government. Lim seemed to be more inclined towards China and identified himself strongly as an Overseas Chinese who is obliged to devote himself to his homeland. This can be seen from his continuous support to the Chinese Nationalist government and its related affairs as well as his involvement in donation drives, contributing and raising funds for disaster victims. On the other hand, Lim's relationship with the colonial government can be reflected from his participation as a member in the Singapore Chinese Advisory Board for 30 years, one of the longest as compared to other Chinese leaders. He also rendered help to the colonial government in World War I. However, this amicable relationship with the colonial government seems to be merely a responsibility as a Chinese community leader as his efforts did not go beyond the organizational level to a personal level of commitment. Hence, his relationship with the government was deemed as an effort to seek mutual benefits.
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