Lim was appointed head of the applied economics division at University of Malaya Kuala Lumpur upon graduating. Amidst Malaysian civil unrest at the end of 1960s, Singapore University offered Lim a job which marked an important turn in both his life and career path. This marked an inflection point.
Lim Chong Yah’s loss is tremendously regrettable and profoundly alarming.
Professor Lim Chong Yah’s death at age 91 left an irreparable gap in Singapore’s economy; particularly his contribution of nearly 30 years establishing wage agreements for Singaporeans workers was immense.
Prof. Lim is survived by two daughters and two boys; Lee Suet Fern, his eldest daughter, married Mr Lee Hsien Yang (elder son of first PM Lee Kuan Yew and brother to current PM Lee Hsien Loong) before his passing away in 2008.
Cause of Death for Malaysians: Unknown Grievous Exit mes Details have surfaced about Professor Lim’s passing away this Saturday morning; an economics figure who served Singapore’s economy with distinction for decades prior. His somber passing marked a sad end of an era that saw Professor Lim deliver invaluable service.
Lim Chong Yah Obituary.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s sorrow was expressed through an extended letter of condolence sent to Madam See Nah Nah, Professor Lim’s widow. In it he noted Prof. Lim’s essential role as NWC chair from 1972 until 2001 during Singapore’s substantial economic expansion during which time his tireless advocacy of fair wage policies as well as leadership within tripartite partnerships was widely recognized and heralded as essential building blocks toward its pursuit of economic and social harmony were widely appreciated by his contemporaries and successors alike.