WOU holds tribute ceremony for Chong EuTweet
GEORGE TOWN: The late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu had been in the public eye for decades to the point where some forgot that he had a private life.
His youngest son, Lim Chien Cheng, said at a tribute to his father ,yesterday:
“At his funeral, a blogger wrote that it was quite surreal to see my father surrounded by his family.
“(The fact) that he indeed had a family life was quite a surprise to some. He was a man of great intellect and I miss the discourses we had.”
The ceremony was attended, among others, by Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, members of the top Gerakan and state Barisan Nasional leadership. Lim died on Nov 24 following a stroke.
Wawasan Open University (WOU) vice-chancellor Prof Dr Wong Tat Meng, former Penang Development Corporation general manager Datuk Seri Chet Singh as well as Gerakan veteran members Ooi Ah Bee, Lim Soo Mun and Datuk Tan Poh Wah were among Lim’s colleagues and friends who spoke at the tribute.
They also renamed the WOU’s digital library to “Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Digital Library” in Lim’s honour.
Dr Wong recalled how the late leader excelled in Penang Free School and later at Edinburgh University in Scotland.
“Dr Lim’s voracious appetite for reading is legendary. “Not only had he read all the books in the Penang Free School library as a school boy, he had also read all the books in the Penang state library during his term of office as Chief Minister.
“And according to some friends, he read them twice!” Dr Wong said. In his speech, Chet said Lim was a humble leader who had an aversion to being called “sir” or “boss”, preferring for subordinates to call him “chief” instead.
He added that Lim had empowered those who worked for him to act on their own initiative to fulfil his vision.
“There was no such thing as micro-managing. The only thing he wanted to know when he meets you every week are the results,” said Chet, who is also WOU Council deputy chairman. Dr Koh Tsu Koon, meanwhile, urged party members to be “recharged” by Lim’s contributions.