Chancellor of Wawasan Open University, Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, conferred honorary degrees on three remarkable individuals during a Special Convocation ceremony at Menara PGRM, Kuala Lumpur.
CIMB Group CEO/Managing Director Datoâ€™ Sri Nazir Razak received the Honorary Doctor of Business; Chairman of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore Emeritus Prof Wang Gungwu the Honorary Doctor of Laws; and WOU founding Registrar Mr. R. Padmanathan the Honorary Master of Administration
In his convocation address, Tun Lim described Datoâ€™ Sri Nazir as a â€śregionally acknowledged successful bankerâ€ť, Prof Wang â€śa globally recognised and celebrated scholar of the Chinese Diasporaâ€ť and Padmanathan to be â€śa faithful university administrator of long standingâ€ť.
Tun Lim interrupted his own formal reading to offer some personal insights of the graduates. He mentioned knowing Nazir since he was 7-years-old following his appointment as Minister in the Cabinet of the then Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. â€śI went to the house, and saw this young boy running about without knowing heâ€™s going to be a successful banker from whom I may have to borrow some money one day, â€ť he said in jest, to the laughter of the crowd.