Mr. Lim Cheng Kheng
Mr. Lim Cheng Kheng, PBM Honorary Chairman, Tanjong Pagar Community Club Management Committee
An Inspiration to Lead
“I’m a true-blue Aries, a born leader.I’m approachable and make friends easily. When I got married and moved to Spottiswoode Park Estate, I was asked to serve in the Residence Committee. The Spottiswoode Park RC was the first of two formed during 1976/1977. I first met Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, when he visited the estate way back then.
“Mr. Lee Kuan Yew had a very wide, deep, first-hand knowledge of world politics. His perennial concerns were Singapore's survival and the well-being of Singaporeans. His commitment to public service inspired me to serve and contribute to the community in my own small way.”
The Evolution of a Community
“Tanjong Pagar Community Club is a fond focal point for the residents of Tanjong Pagarto enjoy and pursue various activities. It’s also a meeting place where they can bond with one another. From having just basic amenities in the 1960s, the Community Club has evolved to become a centre that attracts various demographics and that caters to a wide variety of interest groups.
“As more residents moved in over the years, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew recognised the need to offer more facilities and services at the CC, to furnish the growing needs of the new residents. The CC’s first major renovation was thus launched on 26 December 1980, with a second one in October 1994.
“Over the years, with more new residents moving in to the iconic Pinnacles at Duxton estate, Tanjong Pagar CC kept up with the times and with its members’ aspirations through yet another major facelift. All the changes and revamps, whether structural, service-oriented, or programmatic required large sums of money, a significant portion of which was donated by Mr. Lee.”
Commitment till the End
“Mr. Lee stayed connected with the residents of Tanjong Pagar throughout his tenure. In the days before Tanjong Pagar became a GRC, he celebrated with the residents twice a year, during the Lunar New Year and at the National Day Celebrations.
“Even after Tanjong Pagar became a GRC, and he was not able to celebrate the Lunar New Year with the TPCC residents, he remained committed to visiting us during the National Day celebrations, never missing a single celebration. Regrettably, his last visit to Tanjong Pagar CC was on September 2013. Despite feeling unwell, he did not break tradition. It was with difficulty that he got on
stage to address the residents in that final year, but he was determined and did deliver his National Day Message.
“His passing on March 2014 was felt by many Singaporeans, the residents of Tanjong Pagar in particular. We felt a personal loss for this public figure, whom we had the privilege to know privately as well. It poured heavily the day of his funeral, yet countless Singaporeans stood in the rain waiting to pay their final respects as his cortege poignantly passed by the TPCC and along Cantonment Road.”
The Legacy of Leadership
“Mr. Lee left behind a dynamic legacy, one that I am determined to carry on. I will ‘follow that rainbow’, as he had been famously known to have said. I will continue to serve as a community leader and to inspire others to serve with dedication and passion as well.
“Singapore is a safe, clean and free country because of Mr. Lee Kuan Yew's foresight. That is how huge an impact he has had in my life.”