Posted: 24 Nov 2010 09:51 PM PST
The Penang state government and 1.6 million people of Penang mourn the passing of the Penang’s 2nd Chief Minister Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu. I have directed that all government departments to fly the Penang state flag at half mast until after his funeral as a sign of deep mourning and sorrow.
All Penang state flags at state government institutions will be flown at half-mast to mourn the passing of Penang’s longest serving Chief Minister and father of Penang’s economic transformation of industrialization and modernisation, Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu.
I have asked the State Secretary Dato Zainal Rahim bin Seman to request all Federal government departments and schools to fly the Penang flag at half-mast until after his burial is carried out as a mark of respect for this giant of a politician who ushered in a new age for Penang. The state government has announced that it will accord Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu a state funeral subject to the wishes of his family. However the state government is willing to give way should the Federal government wishes to conduct a national funeral to honour his immeasurable contributions.
Posted: 24 Nov 2010 09:13 AM PST
I wish to express deep sorrow when I was informed that Penang’s longest-serving Chief Minister Tun Dato Seri Utama Dr Lim Chong Eu passed away at 9.07pm. I am presently on a business networking trip in Hong Kong.
I was informed of Tun’s passing by Tun’s son Lim Chien Cheng at 9.34pm. I had immediately extended the Penang state government’s deepest condolences to Lim Chien Cheng and his family. I was also told by Tun’s personal physician, Dato Seri Dr Lim, that Tun was released from Penang General Hospital earlier in the day when his condition deteriorated and passed away at his home in Tanjung Bungah.
I will be returning home from Hong Kong to Penang the next day and will make an official statement on my return.
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