Leader & Legislator—Seah Liang Seah by Shawn Seah
Leader & Legislator—Seah Liang Seah by Shawn Seah

Leader & Legislator—Seah Liang Seah

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by Shawn Seah


It was the heyday of the mighty British Empire. In the colony of Singapore, a rapidly growing settlement in Southeast Asia, a young man from a prominent local family rose to become a successful businessman, Teochew community leader, and member of the Legislative Council of the Straits Settlements. Straddling both East and West, he lived an exciting life marked by public service, profit and parties. And when he passed away in 1925, he left behind many prominent descendants, a massive fortune… and an unusual will.

This remarkable man was leader and legislator, Seah Liang Seah.

Written by the author of Seah Eu Chin: His Life & Times, this book tells the incredible story of the man behind Liang Seah Street and Bendemeer, as well as the stories of his Straits Chinese contemporaries, such as Tan Jiak Kim, Dr Lim Boon Keng and Sir Song Ong Siang, and the larger social and economic history of Singapore in the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Read Chapter 2 here

About the Author

Shawn Seah is the author of Singapore’s first book on his ancestor Seah Eu Chin. The book (and the author) has been described to be “inspiring”, “passionate”, and “engaging”.

Behind his academic awards and qualifications, which include a Master’s degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a minor in History from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Shawn is driven by a love for history. At the LSE, Shawn became deeply interested in private order institutions in early colonial Singapore (1819–1867), and researched into Peranakan middleman traders and Chinese secret societies.

With experience in education, policy development, communications and engagement, Shawn’s aim as an author is to bring history into the lives of other Singaporeans like himself.

(He enjoys watching Marvel movies and eating pulled-pork burritos.)


Well-researched and detailed, this book on Seah Liang Seah helps future generations understand this prominent Singapore pioneer and his achievements and contributions, not just to the Teochew community but also the wider Singapore community.
Jeffrey Seah Kah Hock, PPA(G), Descendant of Seah Liang Seah

The little-known story of the gentleman behind Liang Seah Street and Bendemeer comes to life in Shawn’s book. It may inspire others to understand Singapore’s history better.
Nabilah Said, Playwright, editor and poet

Leader & Legislator—Seah Liang Seah weaves together historical events, figures, and disruption around the biography of one of Singapore’s finest entrepreneurs, Seah Liang Seah. This ambitious book opens a work into the zeitgeist of the 1900s to uncover the agency of pioneers in building new networks of connectivity from Singapore to the World.
Joshua Sim, Writer and editor

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ISBN: 978-981-11-9875-5
Published: 2019
Dimension: 130mm x 200mm 
Extent: 280
Finish: Paperback
Published and Distributed by: Pagesetters Services