Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lim Cheng Law (L. C. L.), death 31 August 1964, Penang

20,000 letters up—LCL dies at 81. By Khor Cheang Kee. PENANG, Mon. --- Mr. Lim Cheng Law --- better known as plain L.C.L., champion writer of "letters to the editor" --- died in his Logan Road home here yesterday. He was 81. He died at 6.45 p.m. after complaining to his wife that he was not feeling well. The funeral has been fixed provisionally for Thursday. Mr. Lim, a Justice of the Peace, was a member of one of the oldest Chinese families in the country. He liked to regard himself as a spare time journalist and wrote his first letter to the Press in 1907. 'FORGOTTEN.' "I have forgotten what it was about," he once told me, "but I could never forget the thrill of seeing my initials in print for the first time." That was only a start. In the next halff century, L.C.L. was to see 20,000 of his letters published. He had a prodigious memory and a sure grasp of facts and figutes. His knowledge of men and affairs extended beyond Penang, or Malaysia. AUTHORITY. He was an acknowledged authorrity on Ceylon and was probably the only Malaysian with a complete set of the Ceylon Hansard. For over half a century, L.C.L. collected books, pamphlets, articles and press cuttings. He had a roomful of files of his letters to newspapers. His last letter which appeared in the local Press a few days before his own death, was in praise of the late Mrs. Saw Choo Theng, wife of the Penang banker and rubber magnate. Today, L.C.L.'s pen is still --- and Malaysian journalism has lost one of its oldest and best known characters. [The Straits Times, 1 September 1964, Page 7]

L.C.L's funeral. Penang, Thurs. --- Many old residents of Penang were among a large gathering at the funeral today of Mr. Lim Cheng Law, better known through his "Letters to the Editor" as LCL. [The Straits Times, 4 September 1964, Page 8]

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