Khoo Tiong Poh

Khoo Tiong Poh tomb in Penang


1881 Singapore and Straits Directory

No 8 Malacca Street

Owners of Steamers "Chiang Hock Kiam", Carrisbrooke," "Pearl," and "Petrel"

Sole Partner : Khoo Tiong Poh
Assistant : Quah Beng Hong
(sign per pro)
Cashier : Kkoo Phee Tiat
Clerk: Tan Thian Quan
Lim Hin
Chong Beng Poh
Yeo Chin Seang
Tan Sim Pooy

Quah Beng Hong is son-in-law of Khoo Tiong Poh


 One Hundred Years History of the Chinese in Singapore 

The firm of Bun Hin & Co. was very well known at this time and for many years after. 
The founder and sole proprietor was Khoo Tiong Poh, who was also interested in the shipchandlery business of Ann Bee & Co. His own business was that of steamship owners, with branches at Hongkong, Penang, Amoy and Swatow.   In 1879 Bun Hin & Co. in Malacca Street were the owners of the steamers Cheang Hock Kian, Carisbrooke, Pearl and Petrel. 

In 1880 Quah Beng Hong, a relative of Mr. Khoo Tiong Poh, and a young man of great ability and promise, came here from Penang as assistant with authority to sign per pro. His death as the result of an accident in 1885 is narrated on a later page. The Daily Times for 1880 reproduced lengthy accounts
from the Hongkong papers of the arbitrary treatment of the s.s. Cheang Hock Kian by Mr. H. A. Giles, the British Consul at Amoy, against whom proceedings were taken by the shipowners before the Supreme Court at Shanghai for the return of £5,000 claimed to have been wrongfully levied by way of fine and for £10,000 damages for detention of the ship. 

In 1888 Mr. Lee Pek Hoon was appointed to act as agent at Hongkong, Amoy and Swatow of Bun Hin & Co.'s line of steamers, and for ten years he was in residence in China holding that responsible position.

Khoo Tiong Poh died on the 1st March 1892 at the age of 62. He was born in China and came to the Straits when he was about 22 years old. For many years he was a prominent figure in shipping and commercial circles, and one of the leaders among the Hokien community. His remains were sent to Penang for burial.