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Lim Kok Wing’s historical past and achievements in schooling, enterprise, and humanities


Lim Kok Wing (Lim), founder and president of Limkokwing College of Inventive Know-how has handed away at age 75.

A assertion was printed by the college about his passing, however no additional particulars have been supplied. Previous to this, it was reported that Lim was in a steady situation after being in a hospitalised on account of a fall.

In gentle of Lim’s passing, we’d like to supply our condolences to his family members and in addition have fun his achievements all through his life as a inventive, entrepreneur, artist, and educator.

1. An educator and entrepreneur since younger

He was as soon as requested by his college to be a substitute for his artwork trainer who was absent. (How many people can say we’ve been requested to do that?) Having this early publicity to instructing college students led Lim to begin a small enterprise tutoring his classmates. 

2. Illustrated the primary serialised cartoon for Malaysia and Singapore

Picture Credit score: Lim Kok Wing

Lim’s first foray into the working world as an grownup was as an illustrator the place he’d design covers for books. Finally, he approached the Jap Solar newspaper with comedian strips he’d labored on, with hopes of serialising them.

When the publication agreed, Lim’s cartoon, ABU grew to become Malaysia and Singapore’s first native serialised cartoon for two years, till the newspaper model closed down.

3. Arrange Malaysia’s first native promoting company

Shortly after leaving his comedian illustration job, Lim joined McCann-Erickson, a multinational promoting company in 1970. He shortly grew to become the regional inventive director all through the years.

By 1975, Lim, aged 29, began Malaysia’s first native promoting company, Wings Inventive Consultants (Wings) with a crew of simply 4. Collectively, they might make their place in an trade that was nonetheless managed by multinationals and expatriates on the time.

Inside 3 years of launching, Wings grew to become one of many prime 10 main businesses within the nation.

4. Helped Mandela with South Africa’s first democratic election

Picture Credit score: Limkokwing College

In 1994, when South Africa was holding its first ever democratic election, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had advisable to Mandela to rent Lim for the huge train. This was as a result of out of 20 million eligible voters, 9 million have been illiterate.

Lim got here up with the election poster of Mandela surrounded by smiling youngsters of varied backgrounds, together with whites, with solely 5 phrases on it, “A Higher Life For All.” That proved to be the clincher for the African Nationwide Congress’ (ANC) election victory. 

Following this, he obtained South Africa’s highest nationwide honour, the Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo in recognition of his contribution to ending apartheid.

5. Coined a few of the nation’s most memorable slogans

Picture Credit score: Lim Kok Wing

The inventive was additionally the one who coined and ran Putrajaya’s “Tak Nak” anti-smoking marketing campaign and promoted the “Rakan Muda” and “One Coronary heart, One Nation” programmes. 

Lim was behind Dr Mahathir’s Imaginative and prescient 2020 marketing campaign, conceptualising the “Malaysia Boleh” mantra too.

6. Joined fingers with BBDO to drive gross sales

13 years after the founding of Wings, BBDO, a well-known world promoting company approached Wings to associate them in 1988. Billings from Wings/BBDO reached RM26 million (US$8.6 million) in 1989, and by 1992, gross sales rose to almost RM40 million (US$13.3 million).

The partnership led to 1992, as Lim at the moment was additionally shifting focus to arrange his inventive college.

7. Shifted focus to foster younger minds

Picture Credit score: Limkokwing College

See, Lim all the time had the imaginative and prescient to teach younger expertise in an atmosphere stuffed with creativity and innovation. Thus, he launched the Limkokwing Institute of Inventive Know-how (LUCT) in 1991, earlier than it grew to become a non-public college in 2000. 

In 2002, LUCT was the primary non-public faculty in Malaysia to be recognised as a university-college, then turning into a full-fledged college by 2007.

At this time, with its principal campus in Malaysia, the college has 11 different campuses in Botswana, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Swaziland and the UK. It affords programs in each inventive, expertise and enterprise fields together with animation, structure, entrepreneurship, trend design, cellular computing, amongst others. Undoubtedly, additionally it is what Lim has come to be greatest recognized for.

8. Introduced his imaginative and prescient to Africa too

Due to his ties from serving to out Mandela, it gave him the chance to ascertain universities in Africa, beginning with Botswana in 2007.

When Lim needed to open up a campus in Sierra Leone, the nation was hit by Ebola in 2014. Therefore, the launch of the campus was delayed whereas the establishment assisted the nation’s authorities in eradicating the virus.

The Sierra Leone campus ultimately opened in 2017 after the nation was declared freed from Ebola by the World Well being Organisation on March 17, 2016.

9. Was an writer with 4 books

Picture Credit score: Limkokwing College

Lim has printed a complete of 4 books below his identify, showcasing his vary in illustration by means of comedian strips, together with political and social commentary. 

They’re, Guli-guli: Pearls of Knowledge; Pearls of Laughter (1983), Hidden Agenda (1998), Innovation Enabling Transformation, and Najib: Nation on His Thoughts, Folks in His Coronary heart (2012).

10. Made it to Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy checklist

At age 62, Lim was named as 1 of the 4 Malaysians to make it onto Forbes Asia’s Heroes of Philanthropy checklist in 2009. This was in recognition of his contributions and fundraising in combating AIDS and apartheid in South Africa.

He additionally supplied scholarships, disabled scholar providers, and gave RM80,000 to the “Plight of Palestinians: From Grim to Bleak” fund in 2008.

  • You possibly can be taught extra about Lim Kok Wing right here.
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Featured Picture Credit score: Lim Kok Wing, founder and president of Limkokwing College of Inventive Know-how





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