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Tuesday April 10, 2007

Lim Kok Wing pays wife RM11m


KUALA LUMPUR: Prominent educationist Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing and wife Puan Sri Tessie Lim ended their 21-year marriage amicably yesterday with a divorce settlement that included an RM11.65mil cash payment. 

Happier times: Lim and Tessie in a file picture taken in the year 2003.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Aziah Ali granted the order for divorce in chambers with decree nisi – a decree issued on a first petition for divorce that becomes absolute at a later date, in this case in three months’ time.  

If no issues crop up in the meantime, the divorce will automatically be affirmed. 

According to the joint petition for divorce filed on Dec 11, 2006, Lim and Tessie had been living separately since March last year. 

Lim, 61, and Tessie Louise Weller, 44, were married on Nov 18, 1986 in Petaling Jaya. 

The couple has a 20-year-old daughter Tiffanee Marie Lim.  

Lim also has a 25-year-old son, Lim Kok Wing Jr, from a previous marriage. 

According to the petition, Lim had agreed to hand over RM11,650,000 in cash to Tessie as a one-off alimony payment, and as part of the divorce settlement.  

Other terms of the settlement were not made available.  

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