As a penang born Malaysian ,I feel very about the departure of Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu the former chief minister of Penang.Tun Dr.Lim Chong Eu meritoriud deed will be remembered by us forever.
Tun is indeed one of the outstanding political leaders in Malaysia , who did not talk very much but worked very hard and farsighted.He had contributed a lot towards the industrialisation of our country.
Tun had shown his unparalleled farsightness as political party leader in the country , when the Gerakan Party wrested the power in Penang State from the Alliance Coalition in 1969.Work wihout complain he went all the way to overseas to invite foreign investor to set up electronic factories in Penang
The st up of Electronic factoies in Penang has brough a new life to Penang who lost the Free port status at that time.Beside providing ample of job opportunies to the penangies , the setup of these factories in penang has contributed to the growth of downstream industries in the country.Apart from that we also benefited in term of transfer of Technologies.
I am one of the people who has benifited from the Industrialisation programe initiated by Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu.In the year of 1980 the chance for the young people to further their study in tertiary education was very scarce, however for us who worked in the multinational electronic factory in Penang , ample of Skill upgrading training and educational opportunities were available for those of us with initiative. In the course of working in National Semiconductor , I took out a City and Guild Diploma in Electronic Engineering courses conducted by the National semiconductor, Penang and after graduation
was given an opportunity to went to Japan for special technical skill training under the scholarship of AOTS(Association for Technical Overseas Scholarship).
I will always remember Tun Dr.Lim Chong Eu , not only as Father of Industrialisation of Penang , but also as the person who has played an important role in fostering the early OPEN UNIVERSITY programe in Malaysia.
I had only met Dr.Lim ChonG Eu once in Penang and was very impressed by his words .According to Tun Dr.Lim Chong Eu , Industrialisation is very important to our country because of its multiplying effect , for instance when a factory of 1000 workers is set up , it will create another 6000 additional job opportunities , because the creation of new job in a factory will also simulate the demand dor food , housing , clothing ,education and entertainment.
One important thing that we that we shall learn from Tun Dr.Lim Chong Eu is that courage is a dominating factors in initiating positive change.Tun Dr.Lim Chong Eu had also displayed his wisdom as political leader by joining the Barisan National Party because he knows the importance of unity and stability in fostering the economic of our country.
Though Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu has deprated , his meritorious deed will be rememberd by us forever. Just like the Malay Proverb says , The Tiger left his skin ,and a man leave his name, the positive multiplication effect due to the industrialisation programe initiated by Dr. Lim Chong Eu will be recognised by the people and the country forever.