Tun Lim Chong Eu: The Past is Not Passé

By Ooi Kee Beng

November 2019 PROFILE
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This article first appeared in our December 2009 issue.In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we put together for you in this issue some of our most memorable articles.Ooi Kee Beng takes advice from Tun Lim Chong Eu about the powerful relevance of the past on the future. However, he realises that Tun Lim’s own life does tell us that we are not always prisoners of days gone by.One easy way of approaching the history of a country is to study...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com