Yang Berhormat Timbalan Menteri, Dato’ Donald Lim, YBhg Dr Robert Lim, President of the Federation of Lim Associations, YBhg Tan Sri Tan Sri, Datuk Datuk, Members of the Lim Federation, Ladies and gentlemen,
I must thank the Honourable Deputy Minister and Robert for their very, very kind words. I am touched by the generosity of their encouragement, and shall do my best to measure up to their expectations.
I do see this as one of the most meaningful awards I have received, one that will give me a lot of pride.
Being the first Lim to have built a university in the world – I was not aware of that at all until Robert came to give me that information.
I may have founded this university, but it is now a part of this country.
In the spirit of 1Malaysia, I do hope this sense of accomplishment will also be shared by our brothers and sisters in other communities.
As well, it is my hope that this achievement will be officially recognized by the government, as it will further strengthen Malaysia’s competitiveness in our effort to be a world destination for education.
It is heart-warming to know that there is such a strong sense of ownership and pride amongst the people of the Chinese community, especially the Lim community.
I would like to dedicate this recognition to the entire Lim community in this country. And I would like to thank them for the support they have given me all this while, in particular Mr Robert Lim and other leaders of the Lim Federation.
I certainly did not plan to be the first Lim in the world to establish a university. But it is good to know we are ahead of the millions of Lims in China and across the world.
The journey of a life-time is very short, but let’s hope this journey that I have started 20 years ago and that has now reached quite a few countries across the continents, will continue to move forward to become one of the most important education endeavours ever seen.
Obviously I have not been on this journey alone. I would not have been able to do all that has been done all by myself. I must thank my loyal and dedicated staff who have stuck to me through thick and thin.
May I take this opportunity to propose that we work together to further build this university, here and overseas.
Next week in Beijing, we will launch a new digital creativity centre. It is my hope that from Beijing, it will be spread to other cities in China, and from China, we will promote it to the global market.
I have earlier announced the establishment of a RM10 million scholarship fund, under the Limkokwing Foundation for Creative Excellence, and promoted through the Lim Federation.
This fund is to sponsor Chinese students in the acquisition of smart skills that will place them in high-tech, high value jobs. This is very much envisioned in the Prime Minister’s economic transformation programme.
On that note, may I thank the leadership of the Lim Federation once again for this very inspiring recognition.
May I thank the Honourable Deputy Minister once again for putting aside time to be with us.
To you, Ladies and gentlemen, a million thanks and endless good wishes.
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