Distinguished researcher and Gerakan stalwart is Pro-Chancellor
Retired medical researcher and veteran politician Dato’ Dr Lim Thuang Seng has assumed the mantle of Pro-Chancellor of WOU. He takes over from Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, a former Chief Minister of Penang.
A central committee member of Gerakan party since 1987, Dr Lim served as Selangor State Executive Councillor for Health, Tourism and Consumer Affairs from 2004 to 2008, and as Selangor state assemblyman for Bukit Gasing from 1999 to 2008. Prior to that he was appointed as Petaling Jaya Municipal Council (MPPJ) councillor from 1998 to 2004 and Petaling District councillor from 1988 to 1992. He was appointed Justice of Peace (JP) in 2000 and has served in the JP Council since 2014.
Dr Lim, an immunologist, was born in George Town, Penang. Upon completing his secondary education at Chung Ling High School, he pursued his tertiary studies in the US, culminating in a doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma. He then worked for two years at Mission Hill Memorial Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma before joining the teaching staff at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana where he taught and did research in nutritional immunology.
Subsequently, he joined the US Army Medical Research Unit as a research officer and was stationed in Kuala Lumpur at the Institute of Medical Research until 1989. After he resigned from the Unit, he became active in Malaysian politics, joining Gerakan in 1983.
Dr Lim is active in many NGOs; he is the Charter President of the Rotary Club of Cheras (Charted in 1996), the first bilingual Mandarin speaking Rotary Club in Malaysia.
Dr Lim has over 30 scientific papers published in various renowned international medical journals. He was a member of the following academic professional bodies: Sigma XI (International Scientific Research Society); University of Oklahoma Omega Chapter Phi Sigma; American Society for Microbiology; Medical Mycological Society of Americas; Oklahoma Academy of Science; New York Academy of Science; and Malaysian Society of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine.
He is currently the managing director of a holdings company. His hobbies include golf, reading, travelling and IT.