In this continuing account of Lim Kit Siang’s life and 56-year political career, dramatist-journalist Kee Thuan Chye picks up from the cliffhanger at the end of Volume One to present a story full of intrigue, heart-tugging moments, dramatic twists and turns – and even some laughter and joy.
What comes through unmistakably is Kit Siang’s resilience in fighting for his Malaysian Dream – his lifelong vision for a united, democratic, and prosperous nation in which all citizens will have the opportunity to achieve success and find fulfillment.
We see in this story how he is able to set aside deep-seated political differences and forgive the political enemies who had unfairly inflicted pain and suffering on him – and his son – for the sake of realizing that Dream.
We also see the important role played by Kit Siang’s devoted wife and children in giving him the support he needs as he battles the forces set on dividing the nation, stealing from the people, and destroying the rule of law.
Malaysia would not be what it is without the political struggles and sacrifices of Lim Kit Siang and his fight for his Malaysian Dream. As this biography shows, he has proven unfailingly throughout his long career that he is not only someone who truly cares for his country and its people but is also a visionary ahead of his time.
Kee Thuan Chye
Kee Thuan Chye has been an actor, playwright, stage director, journalist, and author of bestselling books. He retired from full-time journalism in 2009 and wrote 10 political books in the next 10 years.
It’s finally done – my massive project of telling the Lim Kit Siang story.
Begun in 2019, I’ve managed to complete it after four years. The first part was published as Volume One in 2021, this second part continues from where it ended.
Volume Two took about 14 months to write – on a daily basis. It is bigger in scope because it covers a longer period of Kit Siang’s life and career as well as some of the political history of Malaysia from the 1980s onwards.
The work of producing both volumes has been a labor of respect. Kit Siang is a public icon whose contribution to the nation for nearly six decades is legendary. I strongly felt that it was imperative to make it known widely and for posterity, so I set myself to the task. I hope I have conveyed with truth the complexities of the man and his struggle, and done justice to his legacy.
I must thank Mr. Lim for his forbearance and generosity in giving me so much time to interact with him and to assail him with questions that must at times have been too probing and demanding. A few times, he remarked jokingly, even to his colleagues, that he was being “terrorized” and “tortured” by me!
I’m also deeply appreciative that as this biography project is an independent one initiated by me, he has never asked about what I was going to write or give any input on how it should be written. That, in any case, is what I had wanted it to be.
In fact, he had absolutely no idea of what Volume One would turn out to be until I handed him one of the first copies of the published book. The same applies to Volume Two.
I say this to emphasize that all the work I have undertaken for the project has been totally free of influence or interference from anyone or any political party.
Lastly, I wish to attest that having seen Mr. Lim up close and personal throughout the duration of this project, I find him to be an endearing person. We shared plenty of laughter together and, occasionally, food and alcohol as well. I cherish those moments with delight.
Most of all, I cherish the fact that I have found myself a friend.
Kee Thuan Chye
【Table of Contents】
CHAPTER 1 — Alone, Again 1
CHAPTER 2 — Collateral Damage 4
CHAPTER 3 — The 6o Days of Terror 13
CHAPTER 4 — We Are Not Alone 22
CHAPTER 5 — Mahathir vs Monkeys 32
CHAPTER 6 — Every Week, Without Fail 42
CHAPTER 7 — Hang ‘Em High 51
CHAPTER 8 — Last Men Standing 58
CHAPTER 9 — Big Brother Big 65
CHAPTER 10 — Lam Thye Sings the Blues 75
CHAPTER 11— Shoot the Two-thirds 83
CHAPTER 12 — The Hat Trick 92
CHAPTER 13 — Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? 103
CHAPTER 14 — Kung Kung and Carlsberg 111
CHAPTER 15 — The Good, The Bad and The Greedy 118
CHAPTER 16 — Portentous Preludes 126
CHAPTER 17 — Sex and the Underaged Girl 132
CHAPTER 18 — Try or Die Five Years? 141
CHAPTER 19 — RoboFlop 148
CHAPTER 20 — As the Pot Boils 152
CHAPTER 21 — Missions Accomplishable 161
CHAPTER 22 — Tough Men Don’t 170
CHAPTER 23 — Fallout Over Bailouts 176
CHAPTER 24 — The Long and Short of KOKS 181
CHAPTER 25 — Handcuffs of Pride 195
CHAPTER 26 — Guess Who’s Coming to the Hunger Fast 199
CHAPTER 27 — ‘The Worst Period of My Life’ 2o5
CHAPTER 28 — Malaysian Spring 212
CHAPTER 29 — The Chinese Whisper Folly 220
CHAPTER 30 — The Darkest Hour Before Dawn 229
CHAPTER 31 — You Can’t Keep a Shrewd Man Down 238
CHAPTER 32 — Breaking Up Is Hard to Do 246
CHAPTER 33 — Secular, Islamic or Hybrid? 252
CHAPTER 34 — Surprise, Surprise! 257
CHAPTER 35 — ‘Big Fish’ and `Mr Nice Guy’ 262
CHAPTER 36 — New Territory to Conquer 270
CHAPTER 37 — Comeback Kit 277
CHAPTER 38 — Turning Points 284
CHAPTER 39 — Murder, Lies and Video Clip 292
CHAPTER 40 — Tsunami Alert 299
CHAPTER 41— Fight One on One 303
CHAPTER 42 — Even a Cow Could Have Won 310
CHAPTER 43 — Long Day’s Journey Into Light 320
CHAPTER 44 — Who’s Afraid of a PAS MB? 324
CHAPTER 45 — Sodomy Déja Vu 329
CHAPTER 46 — Cash is King 333
CHAPTER 47 — Rising Hate 342
CHAPTER 48 — ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ Copycat 347
CHAPTER 49 — Malaysian First 350
CHAPTER 50 — Big Showdown in Little Sibu 353
CHAPTER 51 — Darkness at Morn 360
CHAPTER 52 — Yellow, Yellow, Dirty Fellow 364
CHAPTER 53 — Sex Bites 372
CHAPTER 54 — If No Rocket, Then Eye or Moon 377
CHAPTER 55 — Once More Unto the Breach 383
CHAPTER 56 — Ah Jib Claus is Coming to Town 395
CHAPTER 57 — Chinese Scapegoats 401
CHAPTER 58 — Black Challenge 405
CHAPTER 59 — And Leave Us Nought But Grief and Pain 409
CHAPTER 6o — A Time to Weep 414
CHAPTER 61 — A Good Fight 418
CHAPTER 62 — The Death of Hope 422
CHAPTER 63 — PM with Plenty2Hide 426
CHAPTER 64 — Malaysia First 437
CHAPTER 65 — Together Again, for the First Time 477
CHAPTER 66 — A Deal with the Devil 461
CHAPTER 67 — How Not to Win? 470
CHAPTER 68 — Long Night’s Journey Into History 478
CHAPTER 69 — Old Tricks in ‘New Malaysia’ 488
CHAPTER 70 — They Come Not Single Spies 500
CHAPTER 71 — Oh, and While the King was Looking Down 514
CHAPTER 72 — The Last Battle 529
CHAPTER 73 — `How Can You Retire from Politics?” 540