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。”
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.