Lim Goh Tong occurred some near- death experiences when the Japanese invaded Malaya in 1942. During the early Japanese occupation, he had some jobs to earn a living. For example, he worked as a vegetable farmer and further on switched his job to become a petty trader for a higher income. Then, he ventured into scrap-metal and hardware trading’s.
When the Japanese Occupation ended, the demands of heavy machineries are high in mine working and rubber plantations. Lim Goh Tong quickly took a chance and started a second-hand machinery trading business which made his first fortune.
After machinery trading, Lim Goh Tong joined as a partner in an iron mining company which had an outstanding payment of 2 bulldozers which proved to be a successful venture. Later, he formed the first Chinese tin companies to utilize dredges.
Lim Goh Tong gathered many recondition machineries as well as a generous amount of money to move into construction related industries. His family construction company− Kien Huat Private Limited, took several contracting jobs for building the Ayer Itam Dam and the Kemubu Irrigation Scheme.
This is the Ayer Itam Dam constructed by Lim Goh Tong’s family construction family.