Outstanding Science Alumni Awards 2005
LIM Jit Poh
BSc 1963, BSc(Hons) 1964
Chairman/Director, ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited
 
LIM Jit Poh is the Chairman of ComfortDelGro Corporation Limited, the world's second largest land transport group. He is also the Chairman of SBS Transit Ltd and VICOM Ltd as well as a director of The Ascott Group Limited, Inchem Holdings International Limited, International Factors (Singapore) Ltd, SHC Capital Limited, Kim Eng Holdings Limited, China Sun Bio-Chem Technology Group Company Ltd and KS Energy Services Limited. All these are public companies listed on the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited with business interests in land transportation, finance (stockbroking and factoring), insurance, hospitality, energy services provider and manufacturing.
 
In addition, Mr LIM is also a director of Surbana Corporation Limited (formerly known as HDB Corporation Ltd), NCI Golf Ltd, a company wholly-owned by NTUC Club, which is set up to develop and operate the new public golf course at Marina East and several other companies belonging to the Singapore Labour Foundation like the SLF Leisure Enterprises (Pte) Ltd which owns the Orchid Country Club.
 
Mr LIM was a former top civil servant and a Fulbright scholar. He was awarded the Public Administration Medal by the Government of Singapore in 1972 and three awards by the National Trades Union Congress, namely Friend of Labour Award in 1986, Meritorious Service Award in 1990 and Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
 
While in the civil service, he spearheaded the merger of the Adult Education Board and the Industrial Training Board to form the Vocational and Industrial Training Board, the forerunner to the present Institute of Technical Education. He served as its first Chief Executive Officer. He also sat on the boards of National University of Singapore, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Technical College, the Science Council of Singapore, National Productivity Board, Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education, Institute of Education, Skills Development Fund and the National Statistical Commission. He spearheaded two very successful fund raising projects to honour Emeritus Professor LIM Chong Yah and the late Dr ANG Kok Peng.
 
Mr LIM was a Council Member of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commence and Industry and a member of the Singapore British Business Council.
 
Mr LIM also served as a Council Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Football Association of Singapore.
 
Presently, he is a trustee of the Singapore national Employers Federation. He also serves as Vice-President of Orchid Country Club and the Board of Management of Pei Chun Public School.
 
Mr LIM holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Singapore and a Master of Education from the University of Oregon, USA.
 
"Always remember your roots."