Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lim Keong Lay, death 29 August 1947, Penang

Death Of Mr. Lim Keong Lay. PENANG Thursday. One of the most prominent leaders of the Chinese community, Mr. Lim Keong Lay, J.P., M.C.H., died at the Penang Sanatorium early this morning. The late Mr. Lim, who was 65, had been in failing health for some time. He had been living in semi-retirement at Paya Terbong, Ayer Itam, since the Japanese Occupation. A veteran community leader Mr. Lim re-entered public life in December, last year, when he accepted the chairmanship of the Penang Chinese Constitutional Consultative Committee. Mr. Lim had the distinction of being the only non-European to be elected president of the Straits Settlements (Penang) Association. He had served in practically every important public post ever held by a Penang Chinese leader. President of S.C.B.A. He was president of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce for two years and of the Straits Chinese British Association for three years. He was a trustee of both bodies as well as of the Chinese Town Hall. Made a justice of the peace in 1929, and awarded certificate of Honour in 1935, Mr. Lim served in 1934 oon the Governor's Staits Chinese Consultative Committee. He also sat on the Straits Settlements Trade Commission (1933-34) and on the Chinese Advisory Committee. He was vice-president of the S. S. (Penang) Association for four years before being elected its first Asiatic president in 1939. He visited Europe in 1923 and a world tour in 1930. [The Straits Times, 29 August 1947, Page 6]

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