the text below is extracted from internet, yet to be verified, sorry.
Ling Chu Ming (1898 - 1956)
Born in Kutien County in Fujian Province of China, Ling Chu Ming came to Sibu
to help his elder brother in his shop, Ling Kong Thai. Later, business became
bad as a result of world depression and when his brother died, Ling Chu Ming
moved to Bukit Lan and turned to agriculture. He planted a few hundred acres of
rubber trees and set up Ling Kong Thai Mill, initially for rice milling and
rubber sheets pressing. Later, it was developed into Ling Kong Thai Sawmill to
cater for the timber business which became one of the earliest and most
successful timber businesses, thus laying the foundation for todays' Kong Thai
(1963) Company Limited.
Datuk Amar Ling Beng Siong
He was born in Sibu and is a younger brother of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Ling Beng
Siew. He received his early education in Sibu and tertiary education in
Australia. He managed the business of Ling Kong Thai Sawmill after his father's
death in 1956. He renamed Ling Kong Thai Sawmill as Kong Thai (1963) Company
Limited and modernised its facilities and production. In 1967, as a Councillor
representing Sarawak Chinese Association, he was appointed Minister of Youth
and Culture in the State Cabinet. In 1974, when the Sarawak Chinese Association
was dissolved, he joined Sarawak United People Party (SUPP). In 1978, he left
the party and retired from politics. In recognition of his contributions he was
awarded the Datukship by the Head of State in 1968 and the title Datuk Amar in
there is report that, developer has acquired Ling Beng Siong's house, and the house next door, including the Malay cemetery, for development into commercial buildings.