同安父子兵—第39届主席林树南与副主席林建和
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同安父子兵—第39届主席林树南与副主席林建和

会馆的一个目标是弘扬传统,而传统要获得传承,就必须靠超过一代人。同安会馆就有超过一对父子兵为会馆献力。在第一期的人物专访中,我们要介绍的是主席林树南和总务林建和父子俩。他们在07年第36届理事会选举中,以最高票数当选。

林树南和林建和俩父子,对许多会员来说,一点也不陌生。林树南在1991年当选会馆理事。先后出任财政、副总务、副主席,并在2005年出任主席至今。林建和则是在1997年,成为会馆副青年股长、副总务及总务。

最为人津津乐道的是,两人在2000年与会馆审计师共磋商,为会馆向税务局讨回106万元的税款。两人为会馆尽力,在生意上也携手合作。他们在牛车水一带开设簿记事务所。对数字和帐目计算特别敏锐,也难怪成功为会馆追讨回一笔款项。

林树南坦言,自己学历不高,但却累积了一定的社团经验,愿意运用这些经验,搞好社团工作,并和后辈分享。儿子林建和则了解到,自己话不多,是默默耕耘型,心细如丝的他,和理事们的互动,往往是先了解对方,以朋友的基础出发,再同对方合作,合作起来往往事半功倍。 

为 会馆服务这些年,林树南认为,最顾虑是怕乡亲们质疑身负主席、总务重任的父子兵,对会馆会有负面之影响吗?而他最大的挑战莫过于集合不同背景和目标的人, 让大家一起为会馆出力。其实,别说集合众人不易,就算是亲如父子,一起工作也常有意见相左的时候。林建和坦承,“担心为了会馆,搞到父子关系闹僵。”

无论如何,血浓于水,父子俩心知肚明,无论工作有多艰辛,维系他们的是一个共同信念,就是在任期间,确保会务蒸蒸日上,为会员谋取更多福利。

-林丽平撰

Like Father Like Son

The Guild is launching a new series known as the Personality Features. We have the head start by introducing the President and Honorary Secretary of Tung Ann District Guild. Not to mention that they are father and son, both of them were selected with the highest votes in the 36th Council Election in 2007.

Mr Lim Soo Nan (74) and Mr Lim Kian Ho (50) are familiar faces to many of our TADG members. The senior Lim has been active in clan activities since 1991 when he first became a council member. Two years later, he was appointed as an auditor. He eventually rose through rank and file and became the Vice-President in 1997. In 2005, he was nominated as the President. As for junior Lim, he followed his father’s footpath in 1999. He was first nominated as the Deputy Head of the Youth Section, followed by the Deputy Secretary and later Honorary Secretary.

A major contribution by the father and son’s team occurred in 2000 where they successfully account for a refund of $1,060,000 from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore or IRAS with the help from our TADG’s auditor. This is not surprising as one knows the professional of the dual. Besides the precious time they contributed to TADG, both of them spend most of their time in their business situated in Chinatown. Their book-keeping business requires maths acumen and meticulous handling of dollars and cents.

According to Mr Lim Soo Nan, he is not well-educated. However, he has vast social experience to share with the younger generation to better proper clan activities. Whereas for Mr Lim Kian Ho, he is known as a man of few words. The observancy man prefers to know his council members as friends before working together and tapping into their strength.

Having served TADG for 16 years, Mr Lim Soo Nan finds that to gather people with different objectives and backgrounds to work together as one family is most challenging. His son, too, has the same point of view. However, he admitted that his point of views do vary from his dad from time to time. He also emphasized that the relationship between him and his dad might impair due to TADG matters.

Despite of the forthcoming difficulties, nevertheless, the father and son’s team has only one common aim, that is : to make TADG a stronger organisation to serve the members better.