而林敬益的领袖风格，敢怒敢言，也常常在适当的时候以其独特的幽默笑话，四两拨千金把对手打得毫无还手之力。 在他的领导下， 民政党达到政治的最高峰，当时，林吉祥发起“丹绒三役”，却兵败如山倒的在升旗山国会选区败在谢宽泰手下，並在植物园州选区输给丁福南，以至林吉祥过后辞卸行动党秘书长职，改任党主席。
PETALING JAYA: Former Gerakan president Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik passed away at his home in Tropicana here at 4.45pm on Saturday. He was 73.
He leaves behind his wife, Toh Puan Wong Yoon Chuan and three children.
After news of his demise was broadcast, media representatives began to fill up the area outside Lim’s residence to seek more information from members of his family.
His son, Gerakan Youth chief Datuk Lim Si Pin, when approached by reporters, declined to be interviewed.
Gerakan Youth secretary-general Dominic Lau, who was also present beside Si Pin, pleaded with the journalists to return to their offices.
“We will inform you tomorrow,” Lau said.
Dr Lim, a medical doctor-turned-politician, became the Gerakan president in 1980.
Born on April 8, 1939, Dr Lim began his political career in 1968 by joining the MCA. He subsequently contested in the Pekan Baru state seat in Perak in 1969 on an Alliance ticket, but lost.
In 1971, he became the chairman of Perak MCA but was expelled in 1973. In the same year, he joined Gerakan.
Dr Lim became the Ulu Kinta Gerakan division head the next year and moved up to become Perak Gerakan chief in 1974. In 1976, he became the party’s deputy president. In July 1978, Lim resigned as senator and contested in the general elections and won the Jalong state seat in Perak.
Dr Lim he contested and won the Beruas Parliament seat in 1986 with a handsome margin and had held the seat until the 2004 elections when he retired from politics.
Dr Lim first joined the Cabinet when he was made Minister with Special Functions dealing with New Villages and Emergency work in 1972.
He held many ministerial positions with the last being the Energy, Water and Communications portfolio in 2004.
On Sept 2, 2005, at the Gerakan annual national delegates conference dinner, Dr Lim announced that he would be retiring as party leader on April 8, 2007, which was also his 68th birthday.
Lim retired from his Cabinet post shortly before the 2008 general election.
敦林敬益 至情至性 为国为民
林敬益与中国总理朱镕基（右） 会谈。他多次访华， 成功开拓中国市场， 为我国种植原产业领域蓬勃发展奠定重要基础。