I have always thought Sam Leong Road was named after Sam Leong of Alfresco forum. The reason for that assumption was the close proximity of Desker Road and the vices that used to go on around there and the content of the infamous forum. However, I recently came across an article that the road was actually named after Ong Sam Leong, a rich businessman from the 19th century. The tomb of the late Ong (1857 - 1918) is 10x the size of a 3 room HDB located at Bukit Brown cemetery. What is more interesting is that the tomb has only been recently uncovered/re-discovered in 2006.
Ong Sam Leong | Infopedia
Ong Sam Leong, A Grand Repose : a.t.Bukit Brown. Heritage. Habitat. History.
Now for someone in 1918 who can acquire and build such a big tomb, that family must be very well off. According to the article, Sam Leong has 2 sons - Ong Boon Tat and Ong Peng Hock. Boon Tat street is named after the elder son. A search on Boon Tat street reveals that Ong Boon Tat (1888-1941) probably did not survive the war.
Boon Tat Street - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
I am curious why the tomb had been neglected for so many years that it is forgotten. Did the Ong family not be survived by any descendants whom would have know of the location?
The next question is more related to photography which is why this is being brought up here. Is it taboo to visit cemeteries and take photo of tombs? And how to capture the essence of tombs?