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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (1919-2010): Man who transformed Penang into modern state

GEORGE TOWN: Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu, the man behind Penang’s growth from a little-known island state to a model of economic success, has died. He was 91.

The charismatic politician was widely regarded as a father figure who transcended ethnic boundaries and religious or cultural differences.

Dr Lim’s eldest son, Chien Aun, said his father was brought home to the

family house from Penang Hospital at 6pm and died at 9pm.

Dr Lim had been hospitalised since Oct 26 after suffering a stroke and had

been in a coma since.

His death closes an important chapter in Penang’s history as Dr Lim was instrumental in Penang’s economic development when he was chief minister.


Although he retired from politics 20 years ago, his name still echoes in Penang,
a state he gave a major makeover during his many years as chief minister.

He transformed Penang from an economy that depended solely on its free-port
status to an urbanised and industrialised state good enough to be known as the

Silicon Valley of Malaysia.



Read more: Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (1919-2010):
Man who transformed Penang into modern state
http://www.nst.com.my/nst/articles/9trn/Article/#ixzz16JANrXTQ



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