Fortitude: The life and times of Heah Joo Seang

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Pamela Ong
Fortitude: The life and times of Heah Joo Seang
2014. Straits Times Press
Hardcover. 23.5cm x 16cm, 182 pages
Illustrated black and white photographs
ISBN: 9789814342704

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Product Description

The Straits-born rubber tycoon Heah Joo Seng (1899–1962) spent most of his life in Penang, where he was also a politician and a philanthropist. In recognition of his contribution, a road in Penang is named after him. Despite this, due recognition still eluded him. With Fortitude, Ong hopes to redress the paucity of written material on Heah, his life and his contributions. As with Ong’s previous autobiographies, Ong trains her keen sense of observation and research on events that are known to have happened and its consequences, and extrapolating these into her writings. Rather than opting for the safe (and often cut-and dried) route, Ong disclosed that she was fully aware that her analyses could sometimes be controversial, and her projections even more so.

This is the third biography Ong has written. The first was of her father Dr Ong Chong Keng, entitled Blood and Soil, published in 1995. Four years later, she paid tribute-of-sorts to Datuk Onn Ja’afar with One Man’s Will.

Editorial Reviews

Fortitude: The Life and Times of Heah Joo Seang is the first biography of one of Penang’s more prominent businessmen in the first half of the twentieth century. As was often the case, it was a rags to riches story, but rather than concentrate on that aspect, the author highlights the reforms that he brought to the rubber industry, his philanthropy and his politics during the independence period. As a Straits Born Chinese he was opposed to an independent Malaya with special rights for the Malays, a cause he ultimately lost. penangbookshelf

Table of Contents

Author’s Note
Chapter 1: The expectations of life…
Chapter 2: Be strict with yourself…
Chapter 3: Fortune favours the brave…
Chapter 4: Liberty means responsibility…
Chapter 5: The man who moves a mountain…
Chapter 6: It is the dead that teaches…
Chapter 7: The duke inquires…
Chapter 8: Can I see another’s woe…
Chapter 9: The noble-minded are calm and steady…
Chapter 10: Men are wise in proportion…
Chapter 11: To be wealthy and honest in an unjust society…
Chapter 12: Sweet when the morn is grey…
Afterword
Acknowledgements
Index

Additional Information

Weight 600 g