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June 10, 2012

Obituary, Liem Sioe Liong passed away

Heartfelt and profound condolences to the bereft family of 林绍良Liem Sioe Liong (Indonesia)

R.I.P Om Liem 

Our prayers go out to the bereft families, Albert, Andre Halim, Anthony Salim, and Mira., extended families .

Chairman of Salim Group, Former Economic Advisor to The Indonesian Government
and First Pacific Company  Limited
 Passed away on June 10 at 15 50 at the Raffles Hospital, Singapore

On Monday 18 June 2012 , Om Liem's remains  will be laid to rest in peace at Chua Chu Kang Cemetery Complex, Singapore
In the meantime , the big family is having the funeral arrangements prepared with the white nuance .

                                       June 18th. 2012  Om Liem's burial today,    
 Mount Vernon Funeral Parlour, has been filled with the mourners since this morning. Meanwhile, some relatives have left for  the location of the cemetery, Choa Chu Kang Cemetery.
Here is a list of funeral agenda of Liem Sioe Liong or Sudono Salim (also known as Om Liem) obtained from the family.

At 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. local time

The show was started by the monks from Watyannawa who will sing the poetry of prayer.
At 10:50-11-30
The welcome speech from master of ceremony representing families and event organizers.
11:30 a.m.
All the guests stand up and pay respect to Om Liem, and bow three times. After that, all the family and guests go to Choa Chu Kang cemetery site.
12:00 to 13:00 am
        Go and arrives at Choa Chu Kang Cemetery
At 01:00 p.m. to 01:30 p.m.
Families and relatives burn the offerings (joss stick) and pray to the earth. Meanwhile, the Monk of Watyannawa sing songs of  offerings.
01:35 to 01:55 a.m.
    Pre-final burial.
02:00 pm
Family and relatives laying flowers to the tomb, then burn paper houses, paper money, and other symbols of prosperity in paper form at the same time.
As the burial process continues, monks continue to sing prayer poems. Guests are welcome to lay flowers at the cemetery area and the officer put the coffin into the ground.
03:00 to 04:00 a.m.
The funeral over, the family, relatives, and guests are welcome to ride the same bus to the Mandarin Hotel to attend the dinner.

Chua Chu Kang Cemetery Complex (or Choa Chu Kang Cemetery) (Chinese: 蔡厝港坟场) is the biggest cemetery in Singapore. Located in the west of the island in close proximity to the Tengah Air Base and at the confluence of the Old Choa Chu Kang Road, Lim Chu Kang Road and Jalan Bahar. it comprises the Chinese, Christian, Ahmadiyya Jama'at, Muslim, Parsi, Bahá'í, Jewish, Hindu and Lawn cemeteries. It is currently the only burial cemetery to remain in operation.

Also within its grounds, are several columbariums, including the state-run Choa Chu Kang Columbarium, and two private facilities, namely The Garden of Remembrance, a Christian columbarium and Ji Le Memorial Park, a Buddhist facility.

It is the only part of Chua Chu Kang that is still spelt as such with the 'u' in Chua, the other parts of the area have been renamed Choa Chu Kang with the 'o', including Choa Chu Kang New Town and Old Choa Chu Kang Road.

Liem Sioe Liong (Sudono Salim)'s remains  is scheduled to be buried on Monday  18 June 2012), currently his remains is being rested for a week for those wishing to pay homage to him at Mount Vernon Funeral Parlours Singapore, a haven of hope and remembrance,
 at Upper Serangoon, an upscale neighborhood that is famous amongst the expatriates and local  Singaporeans

Since Monday at his wake at Mount Vernon, thousands of wreaths have lined the driveway leading to the funeral parlor as family, friends and employees trickled in to pay their respects.

His son-in-law Franciscus Welirang said: “Everyone is feeling quite sad about losing Mr. Liem. They loved him very much, and his children were close to him. So far, they are holding up well.”

Prominent visitors included former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri, whose grandfather had been a business partner of Liem.

She said: “We used to meet at my mum's house when I was a child. He was quiet, lived in the business world, and business was his life.”

Also present was Spring Singapore chairman Philip Yeo, who worked with Liem's son Anthony on the Batam Industrial Park in 1990, when Yeo was with the Economic Development Board.

Yeo said: “He was lucky that his father lived a long life. Mr. Liem was a very nice man.

 Welirang recalled: “He was a loving father who spent a lot of time with the family even though he was very busy with his businesses. He would often gather his sons and daughters to chat and interact.”
“ he also extended this to his employees – he treated them like a family,” added a close family friend who wished to be known only as Handoko.
Welirang: further said  “He was the kind of person who could remember people even after having not met  them for 20 years.”
He said he had learned about the importance of persistence and hard work, as well as keeping an open mind to possibilities and having a low profile, from his father-in-law.
While Axton Salim, 33, son of Liem's youngest son, Anthony Salim,  commented that his grandfather was always “kind” to him.
“His philosophy of being hard-working and humble are two big takeaways and I'll keep with me throughout my life,” he said.
“What we learn from him, and actually we've already put it into our business, like his ethos of being hard-working, which is embedded in his current businesses.”
He was speaking on behalf of the 14 grandchildren who survive om Liem. He is also survived by four children and six great-grandchildren.
At the wake, wreaths from friends and business comrades keep pouring in on Wednesday.
Over the last seven days, nearly 2,200 wreaths have arrived at Mount Vernon, lining the driveway and tentage of the funeral parlor.
Om Liem's body will depart from Mount Vernon funeral parlor at 12:30 p.m. Singapore time ) on Monday June 18th. 2012  for Choa Chu Kang Cemetery at 2 p.m.
There will be a Buddhist ceremony prior to the burial.
Mount Vernon Sanctuary, a 6-star funeral parlour with modern facilities set amidst lush fauna and flora, is an ideal space for holding private funerals and wakes. With a grand setting and maximum of 600 capacity when all halls are combined, families can look to hold wakes in comfort and peace


Sudono Salim (born 16 July 1916), also known as Liem Sioe Liong, is a Chinese Indonesian businessman of Hokchia origin. He was once considered the richest individual in Indonesia. He was the head of the conglomerate Salim Group before turning over its management to his youngest son Anthony in 1992. 

 BORN: July 16, 1916, Haikou, Fujian province, China 
EDUCATION: Junior high school, Fujian
FAMILY: Married, 4 children, 
 He married Lie Las Nio (Lilani) and has got four children , namely Albert, Andre Halim, Anthony Salim, and Mira.

A number of
successful businesses were pioneered and founded by om Liem . He was the founder and owner of Bank Central Asia NV in 1957 which later became Bank Central Asia (BCA) .

Bank Central Asia in Singapore as  Bank Representative. The company operates in Singapore. Its registered address is 360 Orchard Rd #06-06A International Bldg Singapore 238869.

He was also the founder and owner of Salim Group, PT Bogasari Flour Mill, PT Mega, Bank Windu Kencana, PT Hanurata, PT Indocement, and PT Waringin Kencana.

R.I.P Om Liem

Agent of development

                                           Sudono Salim
                                           Born 16 July 1916
                                          Died 10 June 2012
                                                  Residence Indonesia
                                               Ethnicity Han Chinese
                                                  Citizenship Indonesian

Indonesian Chinese Billionaire , Liem Sioe Liong, whose wealth rivals American tycoons like Du Pont and Rockefeller, has been crowned one of the world’s six richest. His close ties to President Suharto date to the early days of the republic, and he  established Indonesia's largest corporate group (Indocement, Indofood) Bank Central Asia, as well as huge businesses in the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong and China. Singapore, Netherlands and the USA.

The Chairman of APINDO, Sofyan Wanandi ,who used to be quite close to Om Liem said , Om Liem passed away due to age- related illnesses  and Om Liem during his life was hard working,  led a simple life and never showed off his wealth .

Sofyan Wanandi as being interviewed on MetroTv  further said, the family in Singapore is still discussing Om Liem's  funeral arrangements 

Om Liem served as First Pacific's Chairman from 1981 until February 1999 when he assumed his titles. He serves as chairman of the Salim Group.
With his position at the advisor of First Pacific, Om Liem was one of Indonesia's businessmen who could maintain his business at the hot spot. First Pacific's assets are more attractive than other conglomerations in Indonesia.
First Pacific has main investments in telecommunications, infrastructure, consumer food products, and natural resources. Their main businesses are the most lucrative sectors in Indonesia. In the past 8 years to 2011, First Pacific has seen its gross asset value rise with a compound annual growth rate of 27% to US$7.88 billion at the end of 2011 from US$1.28 billion in 2003.
First Pacific controlled 25.8% stake in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT).
PLDT is the leading telecommunications service provider in the Philippines. Its shares are listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange and its American Depositary Receipts are listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
First Pacific controls 59.1% stake in Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC). Metro Pacific is a Philippine-based, publicly-listed, investment management and holding company focused on infrastructure development.
In PT Indofood Sukses Makmur Tbk (INDF), an Indonesia listed company, First Pacific owns 50.1% stake.
Indofood is a maker of instant noodle, CPO, and fluor mills. Its consumer branded products subsidiary PT Indofood CBP Sukses Makmur Tbk (ICBP) and agribusiness subsidiaries PT Salim Ivomas Pramata Tbk (SIMP) and PT PP London Sumatra Indonesia Tbk (LSIP) are also listed in Indonesia Stock Exchange. In LSIP, Salim family has partnership with Sariaatmadja family, who owns and runs television stations such as Surya Citra Media, Indosiar, and O Channel.

First Pacific also owns 31.3% stake in Philex Mining Corporation (Philex). Philek is a Philippine-listed company engaged in exploration, development and management of mineral and energy resources in the Philippines.  

Menteri Pariwisata dan Industri Kreatif Marir Eka Pangestu : Om Liem Pengusaha Pelopor Indonesia

Liem Sioe Liong atau Om Liem dinilai Mari Elka Pangestu, Menteri Pariwisata dan Industri Kreatif, sebagai pengusaha pelopor Indonesia.
Dia mengatakan Om Liem masuk ke Indonesia sewaktu negara ini baru memulai proses pembangunan dengan berbisnis penyediaan bahan-bahan paling dasar, seperti semen dan komoditas pertanian yang belum disentuh pengusaha lain.
"Om Liem adalah pioner, beliau mengembangkan bisnis, mulai dari produk yang paling dasar," paparnya sewaktu melayat Sodono Salim di lokasi persemayaman Mount Vernon Funeral Parlour, Rabu malam .
Dia menilai Om Liem adalah tokoh yang sangat menginspirasi wirausaha. Pendiri Grup Salim itu, paparnya, juga sangat sederhana dalam kesehariannya.
Dari sisi regenerasi, tambah mantan Menteri Perdagangan itu, Om Liem berhasil mengalihkan bisnisnya ke generasi kedua dengan baik.
Selain Marie Elka Pangestu, pelayat dari Indonesia lain yang datang ke Mount Vernon Funeral Parlour antara lain Tata, mantan istri Tommy Soeharto, pengacara Todung Mulya Lubis, Prayoga Pangestu, Ponco Sutowo, dan Samsul Nursyalim.
Ponco Sutowo mengatakan jiwa wirausaha Om Liem sangat kuat. Selain hubungan kekerabatan, dia mengaku belum pernah menjadi rekan bisnis pria yang tutup usia 97 tahun itu.
 Mari Elka Pangestu, Menteri Pariwisata dan Ekonomi Kreatif Indonesia, serta Pendiri Sahid Group Sukamdani Sahid mengirimkan karangan bunga kepada keluarga Om Liem agar diberikan ketabahan.

Karangan bunga itu diletakkan bersama dengan ratusan rangkaian bunga dari kerabat Liem Sioe Liong dan keluarganya di lokasi persemayaman Mount Vernon Funeral Parlour Singapura pada hari ini.

Berbagai ungkapan simpati dan turut berbelasungkawa disampaikan melalui karangan bunga itu.

"Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences on the demise of your beloved father, the late Mr Liem Sioe Liong," tulis sebuah karangan bunga dari BS Ong, kerabat Anthony Salim, putra bungsu Om Liem.

Selain Grup Sahid dan Marie Elka Pangestu dan keluarga, tampak pula kiriman karangan bunga dari Peter Sondakh, Management and Staff PT Rajawali Corporation, serta Credit Suisse, Kantor Jakarta dan Singapura.

Cinke dan Ceem Norihisa Tairan dari Tokyo, Jepang. Chairman, Management and Staff of Bintan Resort Ferries Pte Ltd.

Helman dan Ria Sihotang, Management dan Staff Nirwana Pte Ltd, Low Sin Leng, Executif Chairman Sembcorp Development Sembcorp Parks Management.

Mak Lye Mun dan manajemen CIMB Bank Singapore, HSBC Global Banking Singapura dan Indonesia, serta ratusan perusahaan dan individu lain

Apindo: RI Butuh Banyak Om Liem untuk Pembangunan

Jakarta Meninggalnya pendiri Indofood dan Salim Group, Liem Sioe Liong atau Sudono Salim rupanya membawa duka mendalam dalam dunia perindustrian tanah air.
Meskipun berbeda generasi, Wakil Sekretaris Umum Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia (Apindo) Franky Sibarani mengakui begitu besar kontribusi lelaki yang akrab dipanggil Om Liem ini bagi pembangunan Indonesia.
“Apa yang dilakukan beliau, memberikan kontribusi pembangunan Indonesia,” ujar Franky kepada detikFinance, Minggu (10/6/2012).
Menurut Franky, pada saat ini, Indonesia masih membutuhkan sosok seperti Liem Soei Liong mengingat negara ini masih dalam tahap berkembang.
“Kita perlu membutuhkan banyak Om Liem saat ini karena negara kita masih negara berkembang,” ujarnya.
Pasalnya, lanjut Franky, sebagai pengusaha yang bisa mencapai status konglomerat masih sangat terbatas di Indonesia. Namun, Sudono Salim mampu memberikan kesempatan kerja yang besar bagi rakyat Indonesia.
“Banyak usahanya dan cukup memberikan kesempatan kerja yang cukup besar dan untuk profesional. Jadi untuk perusahaan yang diawali keluarga, saat ini banyak profesional yang terlibat. Pak Anthony, anaknya pun pakai profesional, agar efektif dan efisien dalam mengelola perusahaan,” tandasnya.
Om Liem meninggal di Raffles Hospital Singapura pada Minggu (10/6) sekitar 15.50  WITA. Pria bernama lahir Liem Sioe Liong ini lahir di Tiongkok, 16 July 1916. Anthony Salim yang merupakan anak dari Sudono beserta menantunya Franciscus Welirang kini meneruskan seluruh usaha yang dirintisnya.

 Biography of Om Liem Sioe Liong (Sudono Salim)
From Zero to Hero 
  He was an avid
learner with a stunning memory, and was enrolled in his village’s private
school at age of 7.  Unfortunately, poverty put a stop to his schooling days and
at 15, his family rented a shophouse for him in the village to run a stall selling
noodle-soup.  After the 918 Incident, his stall was forced to shut down
amidst the pandemonium of war.  In 1935, Liem’s father passed away, and
the family burden fell upon the shoulders of his mother.  At this time, the
village was rife with rumors of the Kuomintang seizing able-bodied young
men for conscription.  His mother eventually told him to strike it out in
Southeast Asia (Nanyang), partly to take his chances, but mostly to avoid
The young Liem migrated from Fujian province in the 1920s, arriving in
Indonesia with hardly a penny to his name.  He was barely 20 when he
reached Indonesia, and spent his initial days staying with an uncle, helping
out at his uncle’s provision shop.  However, the provision shop’s business
was very thin, and finally, Liem decided to start his own hawker business
selling coffee powder.
The days of peddling coffee powder were grueling.  He had to wake up
everyday at midnight to grind the coffee beans into coffee powder, and wrap
the powder in newspaper, into packets of 50g or 100g.  Rain or shine, he rode
his bicycle to places as far as 70 km away to peddle his wares.  But hardship
only served to strengthen his will, and through his contacts with his
customers, he got to know many people.
Indonesia was originally a colony of the Netherlands. On 7th December 1941,
the Japanese waged the Pacific War, and invaded Indonesia.  In August 1945,
the Japanese were finally defeated, and Indonesia became a republic. 
However, the Dutch returned to reclaim its lost colony, and war broke out
yet again.

Liem’s big break came when he acquainted the young nationalist commander
Suharto during the war of independence. He saw which way the wind was
blowing and started using his trading network to help the independence
movement, smuggling supplies and, according to some, arms to the rebels.
While Liem was a military supplier during the war of independence, he spotted
an opportunity in cloves.  Cloves are a vital ingredient in Indonesian-style
cigarettes or kreteks. By exploiting maritime connections in the Fujian
overseas community, Liem was able to get more cloves to more kretek
factories faster and cheaper than his competitors. He quickly became a

Post-Independence Days

Liem, unlike Riady who was arrested and deported for pro-independence 
activities, was careful not to attract the notice of the authorities. Following
independence, Liem assessed the situation and decided to employ the
strategy of first pursuing businesses to meet the people’s basic need for
clothing, food, lodging and transportation (衣食住行), and then diversify later
into other businesses.
His first venture was in textiles, followed by rubber (for manufacturing tyres),
nails (which were in short supply), bicycle parts and soap.  His business
formula was an instant hit, and wealth came pouring in.  Under Mr Suharto,
the route to success for Chinese Indonesians lay in finding a patron. And
patrons did not come bigger than the president himself. With Suharto’s
patronage, Liem received monopolies in flour, clove importation and cement.
In 1969, Liem made a proposal to the Government to set up an flour mill in
Indonesia to cope with the critical shortage of flour the post-independence
days. His proposal was swiftly approved, and he was granted 2/3 monopoly
rights to the national flour production output.  By the 80s, Liem’s flour mills
were able to meet 80percent of the nation’s demand for flour, and was the largest
flour mill in Asia.
While this was going on, Liem never gave up his clove business.  In 1986,
Liem received sole importer right from the government to import cloves into
Indonesia, and he started two companies to handle clove imports.  The
amount of imports handled by these companies is approximately 90percent of the
clove output in Africa’s largest clove-producing countries.
In 1975, Liem built his cement factory (狄斯水泥).  Annual production capacity
rocketed from 500,000 tonnes to 1 million tones, reaching 2 million tones by
1978 with the construction of a larger facility, and becoming the largest
cement conglomerate in Indonesia.

A Formula of Diversification

After Mr Suharto began implementing his new economic policy, Liem began
moving into banking and other businesses, including textiles, chemicals and
property. Rich beyond the dreams of avarice, Liem is involved in everything.
In 1957, Liem started his own bank with help from Bangkok Bank.  In the 70s,
he diversified into properties, construction and tourism.  In the late 70s, Liem
moved into the auto industry.  Now, Liem’s empire covers textiles, cement,
chemicals, electronics, forestry, fishery, freight and transportation, insurance,
finance, property, gold and precious stones, hotels, medical equipment,
communications, metals etc.  The Salim Group’s headquarter is based in
Jakarta, with some 60 subsidiaries across four continent, including countries
such as Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Netherlands and the USA.
Business for Liem is a virtuous circle. Salim Group banks manage his trading
empire, which in turn transports his raw materials to his factories, which
produce goods sold in shops rented from his property interests.
Liem has passed the baton to a new generation. Anthony Salim now takes
care of day-to-day operations of the Salim empire.

Chinese Overseas Data bank and research 
the Jakarta post
Bisnis Indonesia 
The Strait times 
Asia Power50 1996
Compiled and translated by Willie Hsu
Edited and posted by Jamesrudy