KUALA LUMPUR: Property tycoon Datuk Tan Chin Nam, 92, who passed away on Oct 21, was laid to rest at Xiao En Memorial Park in Nilai, Negri Sembilan, on Oct 25.
En route to his final resting place, the cortege passed by The Gardens at Mid Valley City where more than a thousand employees of the IGB Berhad Group of Companies turned out to pay their last respects to the patriarch.
As co-founder of IGB Corp Bhd, one of the pioneering property groups in Malaysia, Tan's legacy is his track record in the property development sector.
Starting out from humble beginnings, Tan together with his brother the late Kim Yeow set up a trading company Wah Seong, before venturing into property.
The Tan brothers built many of Malaysia’s firsts: from the first high-end condominium Desa Kudalari in (1979), first hotel apartments Micasa All Suites Hotel (1988), first gated community Sierramas (1993), to its jewel in the crown, the first fully-integrated mixed used development Mid Valley City (1999).
Today, IGB Bhd’s expertise lies in the building, owning and managing of different types of developments ranging from residential, hospitality, mixed-use to commercial. IGB Group is one of the largest property corporations in Malaysia and is listed on Bursa malaysia.
Tan's humility is a testament to the man he was, despite his success. His two great passions outside of work were horse-racing (winning a record four Melbourne Cups) and chess, which enabled him to forge lifelong friendships that bridged generational gaps.
Tan was a philanthropist who believed in giving people a chance to achieve their full potential. His generosity saw the establishment of the Datuk Tan Chin Nam Foundation which over the years provided scholarship to bright under-privileged children.