It was the heyday of the mighty British Empire. In the colony of Singapore, a rapidly growing settlement in Southeast Asia, a young man from a prominent local family rose to become a successful businessman, Teochew community leader, and member of the Legislative Council of the Straits Settlements. Straddling both East and West, he lived an exciting life marked by public service, profit and parties. And when he passed away in 1925, he left behind many prominent descendants, a massive fortune… and an unusual will.
This remarkable man was leader and legislator, Seah Liang Seah.
Written by the author of Seah Eu Chin: His Life & Times, this book tells the incredible story of the man behind Liang Seah Street and Bendemeer, as well as the stories of his Straits Chinese contemporaries, such as Tan Jiak Kim, Dr Lim Boon Keng and Sir Song Ong Siang, and the larger social and economic history of Singapore in the 19th and 20th centuries.