Sunday, December 23, 2012

Goodbye Dr Lim Keng Yaik

We don't know him as a Tun, a title bestowed upon him after he retired from active political life, but as the Minister of Primary Industries he had graced several official functions of the rubber glove conferences and meetings with leaders of the glove industry and rubber export promotion council and his style of interaction and off the cuff remarks often leave the audience in stitches. Of those meetings I attended Dr Lim had always been the source of humor and enlightenment although his jokes could sometimes be saucy but were all shared in good spirit without malice. Dr Lim always challenged the glove manufacturers to be the best in the world and always ask this question, tell me what do you want me to do to help you achieve this? As the minister in charge he is keenly interested in the development of the industry. It was under his watch that the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC) was formed to help the industry combat negative perceptions and crusades by synthetic glove producers against latex gloves because of protein allergy issues (now negligible). Dr Lim fighting spirit and firm loyalty and confidence towards Malaysian made gloves made us the no. 1 world leader today garnering over 60% of global consumption.

I understand Dr Lim had been ill for over a year before he passed away yesterday afternoon in his home surrounded by family members. His dedicated service to Malaysian politics will always be fondly remembered and I pray that his family will overcome this moment of bereavement and loss through the grace of God. May Dr Lim's soul rest in peace in the bosom of his Lord Jesus Christ.

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