CHEONG YOKE CHOY
Originated from China, Xin Hui, Born 1873 lunar month June 22nd and died 1958 May 26th at the age of 85 years.
He moved to Guang Zhou at the age of 14 years and two 2) years later travelled to Malaya. He arrived in Rawang and worked for a local council as an office boy. Six months later he moved to Kuala Lumpur and worked for Dong Xing Long Company. After he had saved some money he and Chan Zhen Wing started Hoong Fatt Tin Mining company and later co-founded Kwong Yik Bank.
In 1918 He single-handedly founded “Pak Peng Free School” and admitted students from very poor family and gave them free education. Later he and Mr. Liao Rong Zhi joined partnership to run the Pak Weng All Girls School at Sultan Lane to specially offer chances to help girls learn some basic education.
In 1926 he and three(3) others namely Xin Bai Hui, Liao Rong Zhi , Au Yang Xue Feng assisted in forming Kwong Siew Free School; Confucian Private Secondary School; Kuen Cheng Girls Secondary School and also Wah Kiew Primary School property trustee. He contributed immensely to Chinese schools and associations in Kuala Lumpur.
1916-1933 Treasurer, Kwong Tong Cemetery Kuala Lumpur
1935-1942 1st President of the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.
1939-1953 Treasurer Kwong Tong Association Kuala Lumpur.
1952 He donated a large sum of money to form the Selangor Kwong Chow Association and held the post of President. He held the post of Treasurer Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commerce; President of Chinese Maternity Hospital Kuala Lumpur; Treasurer of Tung Shin Hospital Kuala Lumpur and also property trustees for many organizations namely Kwong Siew Association Selangor & Kuala Lumpur, Sin Sei See Yeh Temple, Chik Sin Tong Funeral parlor and Selangor Chin Woo Athletics Association.
Because of his generous and willing attitude to help many welfare and Chinese organizations he was aptly called an elderly philanthropist. The local British government appointed him as the Chinese counselor and also bestowed him the title of JP ( Justice of Peace) and OBE ( Oder of the British Empire).