|Ong Peng Hock|
Other than being a Director of United Sawmills, Ltd, he has held many notable portfolios such as being the Vice-President of the Straits Chinese Football Association, Merrilads Musical Association, United Chinese Musical Association and Honory Secretary of the Chinese Weekly Entertainment Club (1918)
In 1963, Ong Peng Hock was decorated with the title of Dato (Datuk) by the Sultan of Pahang.
|Ong Peng Hock (left) with mother, Mrs Ong Sam Leong|
and Ong Boon Tat(right)
Ong Peng Hock made numerous contributions and was a patriot in helping both China and the British Colonial masters. He contributed to the China Red Cross Fund, China Relief Fund, War Fund, Malaya Patriotic Fund, Halifax Relief Fund, Silver Jubilee Fund. The New World saw many charity and fund raising performances with Ong Peng Hock, Ong Boon Tat and Shaw brothers gracing or providing free usage of their venues.
Ong Peng Hock entertained Dr Wu Lien Teh, Director of Plague Prevention, Harbin (also known as Dr Gnoh Lean Tuck) in March 29,1922. There were many merry parties mentioned in the papers where Ong Peng Hock entertained in New World prominent guest of the chinese community such as Mrs Lee Choon Guan, Hon. Mr. Tan Cheng Lock, Dr. Lim Boon Keng, Mr. Lee Chim Tuan, Mr. Gaw Khek Khiam, Mr S.Q. Wong and Mr. Aw Boon Par making him one of the most networked person of that time.
Orchid, horse and dog lover
Ong Peng Hock was a lover of orchids, having submitted numerous unique and valuable orchids for Singapore Flower Shows competition and Agri-horticultural shows comparable to the collection of Mr John Laycock. He was also an avid horse race together with his business partners, Rumme and Run Run Shaw.
|Orchids for sale|
|Ong Peng Hock and his great dane (1937)|
Established in 1923, The New World was the pioneer amusement park in Malaya. Gate admission was 10 cents in 1932 and it boast a merry go round, ghost train, crazy house and a "talkie shows" (movie theatre with sound) among others. When its air-con cabaret was open in May 21, 1938 by the President of Municipal Commissioners, Mr W. Bartley, it was largest of it kind east of Suez and the $290,00 air-conditioned 4,400 sq ft dance floor was the talk of the town. It however did not survive the war and was bombed and destroyed by Japanese planes.
|Opening of the air-conditioned cabaret|
|Christmas Island Villa|
Ong Peng Hock passed away on May 7, 1968. He is buried in the sprawling compound of his father, Mr Ong Sam Leong together with his wife and his brother Ong Boon Tat. On his simple modern tomb is the named of the person that erected the tomb, Felicity Ong, his grand daughter.
|Ong Peng Hock|
Madam Lim Yeok Quan is the daughter of Mr Lim Soon Liang and Madam Tan Teck Ghee Neo.
Madam Lim Yeok Quan (Mrs. Ong Peng Hock) passed away peacefully at 5:00am, Friday on December 18, 1959 at the age of 71 at her residence in "Christmas Island Villa", 47 Marine Parade Road.
|Madam Lim Yeok Quan|
Son: Ong Tiang Seng
In an advertisement notice in 1936, Ong Peng Hock announced that he refused to take up any debt or obligation by his son, Ong Tiang Seng. What happen to cause the estrangement and what more happen to Ong Tiang Seng is a mystery to me at the moment.
|Notice on his son, Ong Tiang Seng|
Miss Ong Hong Neo alias Besar (eldest daughter) married Mr Lim Bock Chye (brother of Lim Bock Kee, J.P. The wedding took place at "Christmas Island Villa", 47 Marine Parade Road.
Untitled. (1922, March 30). The Straits Times, page 8
Other local pictures. (1932, Malayan Saturday Post, page 20
Untitled. (1933, November 3). The Singapore Free Press, page 7
Advertisement.(1936, June 23).The Straits Times, page 2
New World air-conditioned cabaret opened last night. (1938, May 22). The Straits Times, page 7
Director acquitted of gaming charge. (1941, February 6). The Straits Times, page 11
New Hotel Opens. (1946, December 7). The Straits Times, page 6
New cabaret to open soon. (1947, December 17). The Straits Times, page 7
Deaths. (1959, December 19). The Straits Times, page 10
3 more Datos in Spore. (1963, August 14). The Straits Times, page 6