Lim Ah Lek

Tan Sri Lim Ah Lek (Chinese: 林亚礼) is Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) politician in Malaysia and was the Member of Parliament for Bentong constituency in Pahang and MCA deputy president. Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad appointed him as the Minister of Human Resources Malaysia.

Lim Ah Lek
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Lim Ah Lek
Political partyMalaysian Chinese Association (MCA)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)


In the 1995 Malaysian General Election, he defeated Democratic Action Party (Malaysia) (DAP) candidate, Syed Ali Mohsin at P83 Bentong, Pahang. Subsequently, the Bentong area was represented by Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai (BN). In 1999, his name was dropped from the election candidate and was replaced by Liow Tiong Lai.

He was elected as MCA Deputy President in 1986 replacing Dato Lee Kim Sai, while Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik became acting president and subsequently president. At that time MCA President Tan Koon Swan was imprisoned in Singapore following the Pan El Scandal. At the MCA 2000 General Meeting, Dr Ling had a tongue with Lim Ah Lek. [1]

In 2001, he was labelled as Team B opposing the political party to control the independence of Malaysia A Team Press team led by Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik. The Ah Lek and Liong Sik militants began after the 1999 elections where Ah Lek wanted Datuk Chan Kong Choy to be full minister. [2]

Actually MCA has a strong influence on The Star and UMNO's influence on Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian. Geng 8 in the MCA, namely Dato' Chua Jui Meng and Dato' Chan Kong Choy, led by Deputy President Dato' Lim Ah Lek, supported the establishment of the Chinese community in order for journalists to be given a vast space for freedom and criticism. Some people are trying to buy and control Nanyang Publication. MCA's investment company, Huaren Management Sdn. Bhd. buy Nanyang Press Holdings for RM230 million. Other leaders who oppose this sale and purchase agreement are, Youth Chief Datuk Ong Tee Keat and MCA Women's Deputy Chief Datin Paduka Dr. Tan Yee Kew. [3] After Geng 8, Geng 10 was formed comprising Johor MCA Youth chief Hoo Seong Chan; Datuk Chong Toh Eng (Selangor), Lau Chek Tuan (Penang), Senator Yew Teong Look (Federal Territory), Datuk Soon Tian Szu (Melaka), Yip Chee Kiong (Negeri Sembilan), Tan Ken Ten (Kelantan), Toh Chin Yau (Terengganu) and Chew Kok Who (Sabah). [4]

At the 2002 MCA General Meeting, Liong Sik and Ah Lek remained one-year retirement until 2005 (2002-2005) for no election. [5] All this is due to the intervention / peace plan proposed by PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad in order to have no MCA election in 2002. [6]

In 2004, Lim Ah Lek[1] and Ling Liong Sik voluntarily retreated from MCA politics and were replaced by Ong Ka Ting and Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy. [7] [8]

Retired from politics

After his retirement from politics, Lim was appointed the Chairman of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) from 2007 to 2009.[2]

Lim was the previous the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).[3]

He was also appointed as a member of the Commission for Investigation and Improvement of Police. The Commission is accompanied by Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah (Chairman); Tun Mohammed Hanif Omar (Deputy Chairman); Tun Salleh Abas; Tun Azizan Zainul Abidin; Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim; Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye; Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim; Tun Zaki Tun Azmi; Datuk Abdul Kadir Jasin, Datuk Michael Yeoh; Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari; Datuk Dr Muhammad Rais Abdul Karim; Denison Jayasooria; Ivy Josiah and Datin Paduka Zaleha Zahari.[4]

In 2004, as MCA's former deputy president, he was annoyed with MCA president Datuk Chua Soi Lek who still wanted to politics and contest despite clear video CDs[5] spread. As MCA veteran, many wanted him to resolve the crisis between Chua Soi Lek and Ong Tee Keat.


Honour of Malaysia


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