Chop Jing Chew founder dies at 94

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HAN King Juan, founder of Brunei’s popular eatery Chop Jing Chew, passed away Sunday morning at his residence. He was 94.

A member of family said that Han passed away at 5.20am.

He is survived by two sons, three daughters and 12 grandchildren.

At the age of 17, Han left his birthplace in Hainan, China, to search for opportunities.

Together with his cousins, they set sail to Brunei in 1940 after discovering the place was a land of abundant opportunities.

Han was only 18 years old when he supported his cousins to start-up a small coffee shop.

Following the Japanese occupation, Han and his cousins decided to open another shop in 1946. They named it Chop Jing Chew.

Two years later, his cousins decided to leave Brunei. But Han stayed and continued to run the coffee shop and became the sole owner of Chop Jing Chiew.

He became a Brunei citizen in 1964. Ten years later, Han who was known as the forefather of the famous “Roti Kuning” (yellow-coloured bread), diversified his business by opening a bakery shop called King Liang.

Chop Jing Chew has been around for a long time and is located in Gadong, including its bakery shop.

Han also actively contributed to the community. It was his will to donate a sum to charity groups in the Sultanate upon his passing. The groups include Pusat Ehsan, the Crown Prince Orphans Fund, Yaska, the Kiarong Child Development Centre and the Spinal Cord Injury Support Group, said the family member.

The deceased was also one of the founders of the Hainan Association in Brunei.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, President of Hainan Association in Bandar Seri Begawan Han Pau Ting described the late Han as a very friendly, helpful and low-profile person. “He will be missed so dearly, especially by the Hainan Association,” said the president.

During the mourning period, Chop Jing Chew is temporarily closed and will resume normal business hours on July 23.

The Brunei Times