his fatheras death in 1888, since when he has carried on the business of the firm alone, and lias extended it in all directions. In 1891, shortly after the annexation of Upper Burma, he became local agent for the Burma Oil Company, Ltd., for the sale of the refined oil and other products of the company. The operations were originally confined to Rangoon, but Mr. Lim Chin Tsong soon established local depots in the other principal towns of the province. At that time American oil was very much in demand and the introduction of the local manufacture to the favourable notice of the consumer was a
encouraged. His steamers now ply regularly between Rangoon, Penang, Singapore, Hongkong, Swatow, and Amoy, effecting an exchange of commodities between the Chinese Empire and Burma, whilst a fortnightly direct service is also maintained between Rangoon and Amoy. Owing to this enterprise Burma is now placed within easy reach of Fokien, whence labourers are imported in large and increasing numbers. Each trip the steamers bring about 2,000 coolies of all kinds from Swatow and Amoy, who find ready employment in agricultural and industrial pursuits, and in order to extend the service in this
called ground-nut oil, the exploration for gold, cooper, tin, and other natural products of the country are among his ventures. He has been prominent in charity, and is a liberal donor in aid of public institutions. As a member of the Dufferin Fund he has been instrumental in inducing the Chinese communities to patronise the Maternity Hospital, and at a time when the funds of the institution were at a low ebb, he and his countrymen gave very considerable sums of money towards its upkeep. Mr. Lim Chin Tsong is an honorary magistrate, and in this capacity has earned the esteem and confidence of the public and
heavy task. Gradually, however, the prejudices against its use were overcome, and it now finds favour in almost every household throughout Burma. Mr. Lim Chin Tsong also devoted his attention to the sea-borne trade with Burma oil, and in order that he might develop it he purchased his own steamers. Finding this enterprise successful, he chartered a steamer for trade between Penang and Rangoon, and subsequently purchased a steamer for the passenger trade, by which emigration from the congested districts of Southern China to Burma was
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direction, Mr. Lim Chin Tsong has recently purchased two steamers of large tonnage from the Bibby Line. He has also embarked in the rubber industry and has a plantation which gives promise of a successful future. He is managing agent for the Burma Sugar Refinery Company, Ltd., and for the Kanoung Mills Company, Ltd., and now it is expected that a match factory will shortly be started in which he will have a substantial share. Mr. Lim Chin Tsong has also fostered various other industries; the ginning of cotton, the extraction of pea-nut, or as it is commonly
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of the Government. He is a member of the Educational Syndicate, a trustee and administrator of the Victoria Memorial Gardens, and a member of the Rangoon Municipal Committee. He takes a keen interest in sport.
MR. CHAN MA PHEE is probably the largest property owner in the Chinese community, and his benefactions are very numerous. He has always been willing to contribute freely to local charities, and he was a generous donor to the fund for relieving the distress caused in China by floods
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