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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Benny Lim ( Free Beer) 1948~2009

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It is with the deepest and most profound sadness that I have to pen this few lines for my dear departed friend Benny Lim whom we affectionately call Free Beer, who passed away on the morning of 20th August, 2009, after succumbing to a heart attack.
I know Benny through the Hash. This short and congenial fellow, who is always accompanied by his faithful wife Christina, is a regular on our Wednesday runs; although he will come for a stroll he always enjoyed the good fellowship and the socialising in the Hash. Benny hailed from Segamat and has many friends there; he even brought a few of his old-town chums to be guests in our Hash on many occasions. He is a man of few words but when he spoke and interjected it was always with witticism and with a good sense of humour.
Benny was a scion of an illustrious Hailam family from Segamat and I have always teasingly called him ‘Hailam-Kia’ which he will accept with a broad toothy grin. We will miss his low sultry baritone voice and the times when we ‘accused’ him and Christina for partaking of more they can chew at the post-run finger food fest. Every time I bellowed at him, in jest, about his gluttony, he will reply to me in Hokkien, ‘Nerng-teh Niar!’ (Two pieces only!), and we all ended up laughing at one another and no one was hurt. I seldom or in fact have never seen or heard him shouting any expletives to anyone in anger. If at all this quiet fellow ever was angry, he never displayed it nor ever showed any ugly behavior and no one ever tasted the wrong end of his wrath.
On a personal note, I have, as a lawyer, represented him on some legal matters and I found him to be reasonable, honest and sincere in all his business dealings; he was never the fastidious or what our local parlance termed the ‘ngiow’ type.
To Christina we offer our heartfelt condolence; as Benny will want you to, garner strength from you grief and life goes on, for ultimately all must pass this way one day; for life is given to none freehold, but it is a lease-hold for all.


Johor Bahru Hash Chapters

JB HHH - Wednesday – Mixed ; 6.00pm (Founded : January 1967) by A. Lammers.Beer : CARLSBERG GUEST FEE: RM10-00 Contacts: Ice Cream Tel : 019-7711556.

TANJUNG PETRI HHH – Monday – Men ; 6.00pm (Founded : 9-11-1979)Beer : TIGER GUEST FEE: RM20-00 Contacts: Jaya Botak Tel : 019-7705007.

GUNUNG PULAI HHH – Tuesday – Men ; 6.00pm (Founded : 8-12-1998) by Koh Teng Chu.Beer : CARLSBERG GUEST FEE: RM20-00 Contacts: OKC GM Tel : 016-7120355.

JB HASH HOUSE HAZARDS – Thursday – Men; 6.00pm (Founded : 11-4-1996) by Simon Chan.Beer : TIGER GUEST FEE: RM20-00 Contacts: Lim Seng Bok Tel : 019-778 5577

KULAI HHH – Friday – Mixed ; 6.00pm (Founded : 2-3-1978) by Lam Chon Fa.Beer : CARLSBERG GUEST FEE: RM10-00 Contact: Ikan Bilis +6019 778 9925.

KOJAK HASH - Run every 2nd Friday of the month Mixed :5.30pm (Founded : 14th Aug 2009)By Moh Man Tai . RM 20.Contact : Moh Man Tai Tel : 012-7103306

JCSC HHH - Run every last Friday of the month – Mixed ; 6.00pm (Founded : 28-12-2007) .Beer : Tiger. GUEST FEE: RM20-00 Contacts: Bernard Tel : 016-7233330.

JB BICYCLE HASH - Friday -Mixed .5.30pm.Founded GM Lee Fook Heng ,Contact : Mongol Yap Tel : +6016 723 1331.

JB CITY HASH – Saturday – Mixed ; 5.30pm (Founded : 1-1-1994)by K.Y. Teh.Beer : CARLSBERG GUEST FEE: RM15-00 Contacts:Disco Singh Tel : 012-700 2868

KOTA TINGGI HHH – Sunday - Mixed ; 5.30pm (Founded on 31-12-1990) by James Ooi.Beer : CARLSBERG GUEST FEE: RM10-00 Contacts: KCB Tel : 019-770 4676.

SKUDAI HHH - Sunday- Mixed : 5:45pm. Guest Free : RM 10 .Contact : Double V 013-7754382.



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