Saturday, December 22, 2012

RIP: An Illustrious Michaelian

The Michaelian fraternity extends our deepest condolence to Tun's family. May his soul rest in peace.
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The late Tun Lim Keng Yaik
Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, former Gerakan chief, and former Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, passed away today at the age of 73. Tun was born on April 8, 1939. He was an Ipoh Michaelian, having attended St. Michael's Institution for his primary and secondary education from 1947 until completing his Form 6 in 1957.
Lim during his student days in Belfast. Pix: The Nutgraph/Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik's Personal Collection
Lim during his student days in Belfast. Pix: The Nutgraph/Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik's Personal Collection
He then attended The Queens University of Belfast in Northern Ireland and graduated with a degree in medicine in 1964.
Lim came from a big family of 15 siblings. His parents hailed from Fujian Province in China although his father was born in Tapah.
His foray into politics from medical practitioner began in 1968 when he joined the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). Later on, he became the chairman of Perak's MCA in 1974. However a dispute with then president, Tun Tan Siew Sin resulted in Lim having to leave MCA. That was when he joined Gerakan.
Lim became Gerakan's President in 1980.
His last cabinet post was as the Minister of Energy, Water and Communications. He retired as Gerakan chief in 2007 and stepped down from his cabinet post the very next year, before the 12th general election.
In 2011, Wawasan Open University invited Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik to succeed the Late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu as its second Chancellor.
Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik was married to Toh Puan Wong Yoon Chuan and they had three children together, Datuk Lim Si Pin, Dr Lim Poi Giok and Lim Poi Jing.
Lim, with his wife, Toh Puan Wong Yoon Chuan in a 1972 photo. Pix: The Nutgraph/Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik's Personal Collection
Lim, with his wife, Toh Puan Wong Yoon Chuan in a 1972 photo. Pix: The Nutgraph/Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik's Personal Collection
In 2011, Lim lost his older brother, philanthropist, businessman and an Ipoh icon, Datuk KK Lim who passed away due to old age.
Lim is best remembered by Malaysian journalists as a politician who was always ready with his candid opinions and sharp wit.
Acknowledgment: Malaysian Digest

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