Sdr Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu (President from 1971 - 1980)

Dr. Lim Chong Eu was born in 1919 in Penang. He completed his primary education at Hutchings School, Penang and continued his secondary education at the Penang Free School. In 1937, he obtained the Queens Scholarship and continued his education in the UK. He obtained a degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 1944.



ln the March 1958 party election, he challenged Tan Cheng Lock and won the MCA presidency with a majority of 22 votes. During the one-year period when MCA was under Dr. Lim, the party was under tremendous pressure from within and outside. In December 1960, Dr. Lim left MCA and formed the United Democratic Party (UDP) in 1962. Together with academicians, unionists and professionals, Dr. Lim founded Gerakan in 1968. He also co-founded Barisan Nasional with the second Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak and other leaders in 1974.



First given the mandate in 1969, Dr. Lim served for five terms as Chief Minister of Penang from 1969 to 1990 for 21 years. The iconic projects that emerged during Dr. Lims administration included the 13.5km Penang Bridge and the 65-storey KOMTAR administrative tower and commercial complex. Dr. Lim is best known for overseeing the emergence of Penangs Free Trade Zone (FTZ) later renamedFree Industrial Zone (FIZ) which evolved into one of Asias most robust electronics hubs. Dr. Lim is fondly remembered as the Architect of Modern Penang.



Dr. Lim retired from politics after a narrow electoral defeat in the 1990 General Election. Dr. Lim Chong Eu had been declining any title in his 40 years being active in politics. After retiring from the political arena, Dr. Lim was conferred the highest title of Dato Seri Utama (DUPN) by the Governor of Penang. He was also conferred the Tun title by Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to acknowledge his contributions to the nation and people of Malaysia. Dr, Lim was conferred the Honorary Doctorate of Law by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 1976 and served as its pro-chancellor from 1994 to 1999. ln 2007, Dr. Lim was named founding Chancellor of Wawasan Open University (WOU), a distance-learning peoples’ university in Malaysia setup by the Wawasan Education (WEF), a Foundation set-up through Gerakan’s efforts.



In late October 2010, Dr. Lim was admitted to the Penang Hospital after suffering from a stroke. He died on Wednesday, 24th November 2010, at his home in Hillside,Tanjung Bungah. He was the first Penang leader to be honoured with a state funeral by the Federal Government in Malaysias history. The 17.84 km Jelutong Expressway and Bayan Lepas Coastal Highway were renamed as the Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Expressway on 7th December 2010. The Penang Development Corporation (PDC) building in Bayan Baru, Penang, was also renamed as the Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Building on 20th December 2010.



To commemorate Tun Dr. Lim, Gerakan & WOU organised The Life & Legacy of Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu - A Tribute by Malaysians on 23rd January 2011. The WOU library was also renamed as the Tun Dr. Lim Chong Eu Digital Libray.







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