Lim Keng Lian
Lim Keng Lian was born in Luoyan Township in Anxi County, Fujian Province. He had a traditional Chinese education before moving on to study at the Foochow Provincial Industrial School and then at Peking University. After graduating around 1921, Lim spent the next four years with the North Chiang-Chew Peace Maintenance Corps (later reorganized into an Independent Regiment of the Kiangsi Army). A tea merchant, Lim moved to Singapore in 1927 to set up a branch of his family firm "Lim Kim Thye".