Yang Berhormat Menteri, Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Lim Gait Thong, Permanent Advisor, Dr Robert Lim, President of the Federation of Lim Associations, Members of the Lim Federation, Ladies and gentlemen,
I must thank the Honourable Minister and Robert for those very, very kind words they have spoken about me. I am deeply touched and shall try my best to measure up.
This honour has come very much as a surprise – a recognition by the Lim community in this country. I simply did not expect it.
But I do see this as one of the meaningful awards I have received, one that will give me a lot of pride. My parents would be very proud if they were here today.
I may have founded this university, but it is now a part of this country. It is intrinsically linked to this country.
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 shall receive this award on behalf of all the people with the surname Lim in the country. It will occupy a very special place in my heart.
In the spirit of 1Malaysia, I do hope this sense of accomplishment will also be shared by all in all other communities.
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 the world has 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 announce the establishment of a 10 million ringgit scholarship fund under the Limkokwing Foundation. This fund will be to sponsor Chinese students in the acquisition of smart skills that will place them in high-tech and high-income careers. I shall work closely with the Lim Federation on its implementation.
On that note, may I thank the leadership of the Lim Federation once again for this very inspiring recognition. This day I shall always remember.
May I thank the Honourable Minister once again for putting aside time to grace this occasion.
To you, Ladies and gentlemen, a million thanks and endless good wishes.
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