Prof Lim Kwong Cheung, was a mentor who did not just teach but has shaped the live of his students. His dedication and passion in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery was second to none. Any of us who was his student will agree that he was a great man and a visionary educator.
His legacy in Malaysia will be continued by many of his students who are now oral and maxillofacial surgeons serving at the Ministry of Health Malaysia, the Malaysian Armed Forces, local universities and private practices all over the country. We will remember his operating theatre sessions every Wednesday that will always involve some complicated cases finishing late in the evening. After the long surgery, he will treat all of us to his favourite Thai Restaurants. His Friday general ward round session was also legendary, with very in depths questions that would make even the best of his students petrified. He never raises his voice, speaks calmly but firmly, and insist on us to be the best that we can be.
Many of us who were blessed to obtain our orthognathic surgical skills from him will recall how he never compromised quality no matter how tired or how late at night it was. Showing him our model surgery was always filled with nervousness and a silent prayer in our heart as we entered his room with hope that it will go through with a sign that said ‘approved’ by him. An eye of hawk he had that even the slightest 0.5mm of deviations will end with the word ‘redo’. It was considered a miracle and even a reason to celebrate if we all got through this below a minimum of three attempts. His no compromise and strive for excellence was evident in everything he did. The word tired never existed in him. Academic and surgery was his passion, and it was second to none.
Aside of those who have been trained by him at The University of Hong Kong, there are also surgeons here who have operated with him as visiting consultant in many surgeries conducted in Malaysia as well as those who have been taught by him during his workshops, seminars and as a visiting professor at various local universities.
He was an adventurous man who also loved scuba diving and durian, the things that he loved to do when he visited Malaysia.
His passing will not take him away from all of us as he will always remain alive in our heart and in every surgery that we do.
For those who have had the opportunity to learn from him, he was a dedicated teacher, a passionate mentor, a skilful surgeon, an outstanding researcher and most importantly a loving father. Prof Lim Kwong Cheung has indeed lived a remarkable life and his legacy will continue.