stories in Mian-Yu-Ting Cemetery, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

I had the pleasant opportunity to attend a tour to Mian-Yu-Ting Cemetery (绵裕亭) across the causeway in Johor Bahru, a Malaysian border city to Singapore. Mian-Yu-Ting spans approximately 60 acres and encompasses burial grounds, which is closed for burial by now, a casket company, a crematorium and two columbaria, among other facilities.

Led by Mr Bak Jia How and Mr Pek Wee-Chuen, alumni of Foon Yew High School in Johor Bahru, the tour was mainly dedicated to two of the four founders of Foon Yew School who were laid to rest in Mian-Yu-Ting, and to commemorate the 100th founding anniversary of Foon Yew.

The four founders were Cantonese Loke Jee Sang (骆雨生 hanyu pinyin: Luo Yu-Sheng. Other possible English names: Loke Chong Lim / Loke Moh Chong) and Wong Hee Choo (黄羲初 hanyu pinyin: Huang Xi-Chu) as well as Teochew Chen Ying-Xiang (陈迎祥) and Zheng Ya-Ji (郑亚吉). Wong Hee Choo’s and Chen Ying-Xiang’s tombs can be found in Mian-Yu-Ting.

tomb of Wong Hee Choo, a co-founder of Foon Yew School

tomb of Wong Hee Choo, a co-founder of Foon Yew School

We also visited the graves of other contributors to Foon Yew and stories about them were shared. At the same time, other interesting facts and tales about graves as well as their residents, designs, inscriptions and decorations were a bonus to the well-guided tour.

My two-part journal of the tour held on August 18th, 2013, a Sunday morning, was published on a.t.Bukit Brown. Heritage. Habitat. History. Read part 1 here and part 2 here. Don’t forget to check out other articles on Bukit Brown and related features. Do join a free public tour and visit the place too!

Mian-Yu-Ting Cemetery

Mian-Yu-Ting Cemetery

 

secret Chinese character of “氵月” that means ‘Qing (Dynasty) without a leader’ (清无主), to symbolise the movement to overthrow the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and to revive the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

secret Chinese character of “氵月” that means ‘Qing (Dynasty) without a leader’ (清无主), to symbolise the movement to overthrow the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and to revive the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

 

a Johorean whose status as a graduate of a Singaporean school was inscribed on his tombstone, would you indicate your alma mater on yours?

a Johorean whose status as a graduate of a Singaporean school was inscribed on his tombstone, would you indicate your alma mater on yours?

 

a mythical creature named Ao-Yu (鳌鱼) as an auspicious tomb decoration

a mythical creature named Ao-Yu (鳌鱼) as an auspicious tomb decoration

 

 

 

 

 

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