I have much respect for Lim Hock Chee

I do not know Mr Lim Hock Chee, the boss of Sheng Siong Group (SSG) but I have much respect for that man. Let me explain.

SSG has just announced that it will reward its staff with one extra month of salary in view of its very outstanding Q1 profits.

Despite achieving astounding profits, SSG could have just kept quiet and continue business as usual and keep the profits for its directors and shareholders or it could announce something like if business continues to be buoyant, all staff could get a bonus at the end of the year. It could also give its staff a one off $500/ or $1000/ token of appreciation and I am sure that many of them would kiss and hug their boss with thanks and gratitude. But Mr Lim didn’t do that

Lim Hock Chee wasn’t born with a silver spoon. He isn’t any impeccably educated general or scholar either. I understand that at one time, he and his wife rented a market stall in Ang Mo Kio to sell pork. He came from the school of hard knocks. He understands the struggles of the working men. He understands at first hand what life is about at the bottom.

Singapore and Singaporeans have lost big time and will continue to lose out big time if we as a people are blinded by clever talking and big educational certificates flaunting generals and scholars and discount people like Mr Lim Hock Chee who doesn’t have big certificates to flaunt. Our country and our people will continue to lose out big time if we do not appreciate enough decent, battle toughened and street-smart men such as Lim Hock Chee to be in politics and serving our people and our country at the national level.

For decades, the pap were only able to recruit their electoral candidates mostly from the SAF, the unions, the public sector and the academia but life smar decent and/or business people whose feet are planted firmly on the ground among our everyday heartlanders? Hardly.

By now, if we still don’t realise that it is very unwise to assume that only book-smart people are suitable for politics and attune to the everyday struggles and plights of the common people, we only have ourselves to blame for our own deep-rooted naivety and hard-core prejudice and shallowness.

I bet that lhl has never written or send out a single job application letter in his lifetime. I doubt if big generals such as Chan Chun Sing or Tan Chuan Jin or Ng Chee Meng ever used $10,000/ of their own money to start a business.

I would rather respect someone who has the courage, faith and tenacity to try and even if he/she fails, it is still far better than people who never have the courage to ever try at all. All the setbacks, heartaches, disappointments and mistakes teach one more valuable life lessons that books and classrooms can never hope to match. Think.

 

Simon Lim

 

 

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12 Responses to “I have much respect for Lim Hock Chee”

  • Another Toady?:

    Err…can anyone throw some light whether is he related to the Familee in some way? If true, then I don’t have any respect for cronies. Many billionaires have the money to get good write-outs about themselves like the football owner daughter and many others.

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  • Simple Stupid Simon:

    Good example CCS also from humble background. Appear normal and honest but call Singaporeans “Xia-Suay” behind their backs in front of those rich towkays. Wonder all in the same boat? If not why CCS dare to say that???

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  • Survey recently:

    One minister teaches old men how to do businesses ? You think he know how to use a abacus ? Go and ask those businessmen from boat quay ,this minister is still a small boy lah playing marbles ball.

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  • Covid with Benefits:

    Simon, did he became so rich before his children marital relationship with someone?

    Jia Buay liao leh .
    Also, some businesses boomed during covid. Deliveries and supermarkets.

    There is nothing impressive to give one month bonus. It should be 5.

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  • Empathy for others:

    When you go through hardship yourself..you will have empathy for others…
    LHC is one example…
    You will learn to be grateful and treat other people well…
    Anyway naked we come and naked we will go…

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  • Perennial themes modern times:

    “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand…”

    “Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water($$$) and fire (power), but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.”

    - Confucius, 5th cent. B.C.

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  • trublu:

    i have even more respect for that OLD BENDED LADY COLLECTING CARDBOARD industriously,come rain or shine, as she wanted to uphold her human dignity even if younger rich man sons and daughters scorned at her n pass snide remarks.

    lim may be a success story but did he receive HELP from some powerful PAPple along the way?

    if so,i would not accord him the respect Simon gives to him.

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  • Money from OUR Reserve:

    Do you know that PAP is raiding our reserve and giving money to very profitable companies, such as this one?

    It was announced that this gov will pay 80% of wages up to $2,500 per month.

    Based on this, even after “giving” the low pay employees an extra month salary, the company is getting obscene subsidy from our reserve. Over 3 months, the company gets 240% but “gives” the low pay employees only 100%.

    By the way, it is now very common in other countries to pay extra to supermarket cashiers and other staff. They are the frontline people facing virus threat every time a customer goes by.

    Think!

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  • Over masturbator:

    I think too much being locked at home has made Simon Lim stupid. His first ever stupid article.

    I masturbate twice a day and going mad too.

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  • @ mad masturbator:

    Methinks you’ve mixed up your one head for your other head …. and trying to think too hard in small spaces.

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  • Thanks bro, so well said:

    Simple Stupid Simon:
    Good example CCS also from humble background. Appear normal and honest but call Singaporeans “Xia-Suay” behind their backs in front of those rich towkays. Wonder all in the same boat? If not why CCS dare to say that???

    so true.

    pap chan chun sing is a 100% sia suay as a human being.

    of course pap likes such since no different from pap clown.

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  • Thanks bro, so well said:

    Money from OUR Reserve:
    Do you know that PAP is raiding our reserve and giving money to very profitable companies, such as this one?

    It was announced that this gov will pay 80% of wages up to $2,500 per month.

    Based on this, even after “giving” the low pay employees an extra month salary, the company is getting obscene subsidy from our reserve. Over 3 months, the company gets 240% but “gives” the low pay employees only 100%.

    By the way, it is now very common in other countries to pay extra to supermarket cashiers and other staff. They are the frontline people facing virus threat every time a customer goes by.

    Think!

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