Teh Aik Lum: Jit Sin’s Dedicated Chairman

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For 38 years, Datuk Seri Teh Aik Lum has been supporting the education of future generations. The humble school board chairman of Jit Sin High School sits down with Penang Monthly for a chat

I was born in 1935 in Guangdong Province, China. I came to Malaya when I was 11 years old. Before that, I studied in one of the schools in the province. All my school subjects were taught in Hokkien; each province back then learned in a different Chinese dialect.

I attended lower secondary school at Jit Sin in the 1950s and finished my upper secondary at Chung Ling High School. During those years, tertiary education wasn’t necessary. After graduating in 1955, I worked at my father’s hardware store with my brother. From then on, we developed our own businesses. I am now a developer and a construction businessman.


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