Pewter mug that belonged to the late Mr Lim Kim San

This is a pewter mug that belonged to the late Mr Lim Kim San. Engraved on it are the words “Pyramid Golf Tournament 1989”, hinting at Mr Lim’s membership in the highly exclusive Pyramid Club. Established in 1965 by former deputy prime minister Dr Goh Keng Swee, the exclusive club derived its name from the concept of the “pyramid of excellence”, and draws its members from the top end of society—the likes of Cabinet ministers, prominent military officers, businessmen and academics. Mr Lim was an energetic Singaporean statesman and public servant, who cemented his reputation as “Mr. HDB” for his contributions in housing the population of Singapore as the first Chairman of the Housing and Development Board. In recognition of his accomplishment, he became the first person to be awarded the nation's highest honour, the Order of Temasek (Darjah Utama Temasek), in 1962. During his distinguished public service career, Mr Lim held ministerial positions in various ministries from finance, education, defence to environment. He was Chairman of the Council of Presidential Advisors and had also chaired various boards such as Port of Singapore Authority, Singapore Press Holdings and Monetary Authority of Singapore.