Founded in 1885 by Yong Koon in his little shop called Ngeok Foh (Jade Peace), he handcrafted pewter objects mainly for ceremonial use, such as joss stick holders, incense burners and candle holders for altars of Chinese homes and temples. The pewter objects sold by Yong were polished with "stone leaf" (tetracera scandens), a wild tropical leaf of a fine, abrasive nature. With the arrival of British colonials, the offering expanded to include tankards, ashtrays and tea services. The brand was then known as Selangor Pewter. In the 1970s, the company started exporting, first to Singapore and Hong Kong and then to Australia. Towards the 1980s, the market had expanded into Europe and Japan. In 1992, the company rebranded as Royal Selangor to reflect the royal endorsement of Sultan Salahuddin, the Sultan of Selangor. It dropped the word 'pewter' from its name as its product range had since expanded to include items made from other materials.
This Learning Experience explores the importance of significant families in history and how their legacy affected the world. It is suitable for learners in Secondary 4 and above.