Limkokwing University of Creative Technology founder and president Lim Kok Wing has died.
Rumours of the 75-year-old’s death were circulating in social media earlier today and were finally confirmed through a press statement by the university.
“With deep sadness, we convey the passing of Lim Kok Wing, our founder president.
“A visionary, his career has been synonymous with creativity, and he assisted in developing innovative education globally, empowering especially the developing world.
“We are humbled by the loving condolences and support extended by so many, and ask for privacy as we mourn a man we are very proud of,” the university said.
A spokesperson for the university said the staff are also waiting for news on Lim’s status.
According to other news reports, Lim died this morning while receiving treatment at the Pantai Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
On May 25, the university issued a statement saying that Lim was hospitalised after suffering a fall in his house.
He was reported to be in a stable condition and was recuperating.
His children Lim Kok Wing Jr and Datuk Tiffanee Marie Lim confirmed his death in a statement on Tuesday (June 1).
Lim began his career as an illustrator and was the pen behind Malaysia and Singapore’s first locally produced serialised comic strip, ABU, which ran in the now-defunct Eastern Sun newspaper.
He then moved into advertising where, after five years with McCann-Erickson, he started his own company, Wings Creative Consultants, the first professional Malaysian agency, in 1975.
In less than three years, the company became one of the top agencies in the country and, in 1988, it partnered with global giant BBDO, one of the largest multinational creative agencies in the world.
In 1991, Lim turned his attention to education, founding the Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology which, in 2002, became the first private college to be recognised as a university college. It was later renamed the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.
Over the years, the university has attained global recognition, with the Limkokwing name spreading its wings to other parts of the world. In addition to its flagship campus in Cyberjaya, there are campuses in Sarawak, Cambodia, Botswana, Sierra Leone, and the United Kingdom.
According to its website, tens of thousands of students from over 165 countries have passed through the doors of its various campuses.
Lim was honoured with 700 awards and recognitions from various parties over his contributions to the creative and educational industry.
He was also an instrumental figure in the culmination of the Private Higher Educational Institutions Act 1996.
Lim had a stint as a public campaign coordinator for the then prime minister Najib Abdul Razak in 2015, reportedly to help shore up his dwindling support.
However, he reportedly resigned in July that year, less than two months after.
Earlier report: May 25, Lim Kok Wing in stable condition after fall at home