Born into a humble family in 1920, Mr Ong Lock Mui, popularly known as L.M. Ong, worked as a teacher and then at the age of 18 as a Hospital Assistant for 3 years during which time, he sat and passed his health inspector’s exams. He served as a Health Inspector in Johor Bahru until 1955 when he left to read law at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London.
He crammed his 3-year course into 18 months and passed his Bar Finals and was admitted as a Barrister to the Bar of England & Wales in 1957.
After his admission to the Singapore Bar, he practised first under the late Leslie Rayner, Esq. and later on his own under the English “Chamber” system with Mr Lim Kean Chye, Mr Tann Wee Tiong and Mr T.T. Rajah at No. 1A, Prince Street Singapore.
In 1959, the late Mr Ong was admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. Thereafter, he commenced his own practice in Johor Bahru, initially as sole proprietor under the name and style of L.M. Ong and subsequently as L.M. Ong & Co when he was joined by his daughter and son who now continue to practise in the firm. Mr L.M. Ong practised in 2 jurisdictions (Malaya & Singapore), working 7 days a week until the mid 1990’s. He continued to practise in Malaya until his death on 1 February 2001.
Mr Ong enjoyed considerable success in practice and in business. He was a self-made man.
He leaves behind a wife and 5 children.