Fam­ily plan­ning to open a pri­vate hos­pi­tal

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THE fam­ily of the late Lim Tang Too, a rub­ber tap­per, can very well en­ter the Guin­ness Book of World Records for hav­ing the most num­ber of doc­tors. There are 45 of them spread over Lim’s chil­dren, grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

Lim, who is sur­vived by his wife, Loo Siew Chin, had al­ways stressed the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion to their 11 chil­dren, and eight of them are doc­tors.

Loo, 95, a for­mer rub­ber tap­per along with her late hus­band, had a tough time rais­ing their large fam­ily with their mea­gre earn­ings, but had al­ways wanted their chil­dren to have a com­fort­able life.

To­day, the fam­ily, in­clud­ing the ex­tended fam­ily, can boast of 45 doc­tors, 20 of them be­ing spe­cial­ists, and one is an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Univer­siti Malaya.

Among Loo’s nine sons and two daugh­ters, her el­dest son, Datuk Dr Lim Boon Sho, runs Klinik Lim in Ni­bong Te­bal.

He said his fa­ther was the one who in­spired them to be­come doc­tors to help other fam­ily mem­bers who of­ten fell sick.

Dr Boon Sho, the first in the fam­ily to grad­u­ate as a doc­tor, said he be­gan study­ing medicine in In­dia in 1964.

“When we were kids, we of­ten fell sick and my fa­ther used to send us to the gen­eral hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

“Due to fi­nan­cial con­straints, my fa­ther came out with an idea of hav­ing a doc­tor in the fam­ily so that the rest would be well taken care of.

“After I grad­u­ated, my broth­ers, one by one, went on the same path,” he said dur­ing a fam­ily gath­er­ing here on Satur­day night.

Dr Boon Sho, who was Sun­gai Bakap assem­bly­man from 1986 to 1990, said after the death of his fa­ther nine years ago, the fam­ily con­tin­ued to be pas­sion­ate about medicine.

“My broth­ers and I al­ways talked about medicine, but we never forced our chil­dren to be­come doc­tors.

“We merely wanted them to have a good ed­u­ca­tion,” he said.

Of Dr Boon Sho’s 10 other sib­lings, seven of them are doc­tors Dr Lim Boon Sin, 68, Dr Lim Boon Ben, 66, Dr Lim Boon Seng, 64, Dr Lim Boon Hock, 59, Dr Lim Boon Han, 55, Dr Lim Boon Kiong, 52, and Dr Lim Boon Aik, 50.

Dr Boon Sho’s el­dest sis­ter, Lim Ai Hwa, 76, is a house­wife; his younger brother Lim Boon Tai, 62 is a busi­ness­man, while his youngest sis­ter, Lim Ai Ching, is a lawyer.

Dr Boon Han, who is also Ni­bong Te­bal Ger­akan divi­sion chair­man, said with more than 45 doc­tors and spe­cial­ists in the fam­ily, there was also a plan to set up a pri­vate hos­pi­tal run by the Lim fam­ily.

“Maybe one day, we can in­tro­duce a Lim fam­ily hos­pi­tal, but every­thing is still pre­ma­ture. We are in the plan­ning stage,” he said.

He added that the fam­ily, which has about 100 mem­bers from four gen­er­a­tions, made it a point to get to­gether ev­ery Chi­nese New Year and medicine would al­ways be the main topic of dis­cus­sion. Ber­nama


The Lim fam­ily dur­ing a gath­er­ing in Kuala Lumpur on Satur­day. Eight of late rub­ber tap­per Lim Tang Too’s sons are doc­tors while 35 of his grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren are doc­tors, too.

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