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Lunch with Sumiko: Lim Guan Eng never expected in 'his wildest dreams' to be Malaysia's Finance Minister

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng served 10 years as chief minister of Penang and is credited for rebuilding the state's finances and making it one of the largest contributors to the country's economy. He is also only the third ethnic Chinese to helm Mal
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng served 10 years as chief minister of Penang and is credited for rebuilding the state's finances and making it one of the largest contributors to the country's economy. He is also only the third ethnic Chinese to helm Malaysia's finance portfolio.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Lim Guan Eng never thought he'd be Penang chief minister, let alone Malaysia's Finance Minister

Dinner with Malaysian Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng is set for 8pm, but he is running late.

He has Cabinet papers to clear, explains Rahmah, his friendly press officer, who is waiting with us at a Japanese restaurant in Kuala Lumpur's Central Business District last Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 08, 2018, with the headline ''Never in my wildest dreams''. Print Edition | Subscribe