Saturday, February 26, 2011

Lim Goh Tong

You know him? How bout Genting Highland? Lim Goh Tong - The founder of Genting Highland!

Born in 1918 in Anxi, Fujian, China. Came over to Malaya in 1937 at the age of 19. He worked for his uncle as a carpenter in the first two years, learning the Malay language in the meantime.

Transforming an unexplored hilltop into one of the world's most successful casino resorts!! WOW!!! Great idea huh?! Maybe crazy one too... Heee...

The idea of building a hilltop resort was first conceived when Lim Goh Tong was having a dinner in the Cameron Highlands. As he was enjoying the soothing cool breeze of the Cameron Highlands, an idea struck him that as the standard of living rose steadily in Malaysia, more and more people would visit mountain resorts for relaxation and recreation, but Cameron Highlands was too far away from the capital city Kuala Lumpur, therefore building a mountain resort nearer to Kuala Lumpur would have great business potential.

After doing some research, Lim found Gunung (mountain in Malay) Ulu Kali at a place called Genting Sempah to be an ideal location for his plan.

During the Genting project, Lim spent all he had without earning any income. He sold an 810-hectare rubber estate to raise RM2.5 million. In addition, he invested all the money he had made from iron mining, sub-contracting and hardware businesses. The project was a heavy drain on Lim's finances. When asked to invest in this project, Lim's friends turned him down and counselled him to drop the entire scheme instead.

He faced a lot! Death?? Bankruptcy??

Genting finally opened its door for business on 8 May 1971.

Image source : wikipedia
Lim Goh Tong died on 23 October 2007. Rest in peace Mr. Lim! You have done a lot! For yourself and for Malaysia's tourism sector!


p/s : I need his strength, patience and determination. *wink*

6 comments:

  1. Hello, just. Semangatnya boleh dijadikan teladan kan.....:)

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  2. waw...ni memang kaya gilaaaaaaaaa....tujuh keturunan pun x abis ni harta dia

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  3. Thanks for the info.. I never knew.. ^_^

    Oh yes.. take the determination.. chayow!

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  4. Hi Just, I was around when they started building the road up. And building the first hotel, casino.
    He was a great man, had the foresight to see years ahead, and it paid off.

    Nice posting.
    Have a pleasant week. best regards.
    Lee.

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  5. one day... i will become success like Goh Tong.. peduli la apa org lain mau ckp pasal bisnes kecil-kecilan yg kami tgh buat skrg ni. Sbb semua komen yg drg bagi tu lebih kepada P.H.D.. :)

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You're 'bout to corner... ;p