28 January 2018
Cancer diagnosis was like a bolt of lightning, says Kit Siang
“DO you want change? Do you?” Lim Kit Siang bellowed as he held a microphone for the first time since returning from a kidney operation.
Despite his 76 years and having just recovered from an operation to remove a malignant tumor from his left kidney last month, the Batu Pahat native showed no signs that he had ever left the stage.
But just three hours earlier in an interview with The Malaysian Insight, the Johorean gave brief glimpses into a side rarely seen.
“Well, it’s a challenge to come back after the cancer operation, the recuperation and the break. But you feel at the end of it all, after 60 years, this is the only chance for the country and the people for real change, and you got to get back to it ,” said Lim as he sipped on his kopi-O yesterday.
Lim said he thought of quitting politics momentarily before the operation but banished the idea after his surgery.
“The thought (of quitting) came to me. What if at the end of the operation I don’t come out and that’s that. But…,” said Lim, as he trailed off in laughter.
“But this is the only occasion that we are going to change and if I miss it this time, then the future elections will be much more difficult”.
“It came as a bolt of lightning. Of course, you then see what’s in store for you. I just had to take it in my stride although if you don’t come out of the op and that’s it,” he said stoically.
Lim said the tumor was discovered accidentally during a regular prostate check-up.
“At first, they said it may be a small tumour, 2.5cm and could be benign. One possibility was to check again four months later but elections seem to be then also.
“And further echocardiogram and MRI checks showed that it was probably malignant. So, taking into account the time factor of four months or 100 days, and how I could be caught in the thick of elections, I said okay-lah and had the operation to remove it.
“It was later diagnosed as early stage (cancer) and had not spread to the other parts but they still had 30% of the left kidney removed.
“Of course, 10 years ago, the whole kidney would have gone as you can survive on one kidney.”
Lim said he would quit politics only when the country is headed in the right direction.
“Until then, it is the commitment and responsibility of every Malaysian, regardless of race, gender and age, to put their shoulder to the wheel to bring about this change. Then the country can go on its own. But this critical change must take place first.” – January 28, 2018.
1:20PM Jun 17, 2014
‘Kit Siang rumours sick, but BN suffers, too’
MCA and Gerakan has urged action against those who spread rumours on DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang’s death.
“Aghast” by the “sick” rumours, MCA publicity chairperson Chai Kim Sen, however, said that BN leaders, too, suffered from “malicious” rumour-mongering.
“I am aghast at this rumour and I can understand how DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng feels, because it is awful and terrible to be cursed or defamed…
“At the same time, I also urge Guan Eng to remember the proverb ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ before he condemns anyone,” he said in a statement.
“BN leaders too suffered, especially during the 2013 general election whereby pro-Pakatan websites had defamed and even cursed MCA and BN leaders to die,” he said.
1:20PM Jun 17, 2014
Gerakan condemns ‘evil’ rumours on Kit Siang
Penang Gerakan has condemned the “irresponsible” Facebook messages circulated by unknown quarters that Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang passed away.
The party’s state secretary Oh Tong Keong described such acts as “uncultured and evil.”
He urged the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), police and netizens to work together to “curb and prevent this bad culture from poisoning our society”.
Oh was responding to facebook messages by unknown persons who posted that Lim had died following his visit to the Institute Jantung Negara last week for a medical check-up.
Friday, 13 June 2014 20:50
Kit Siang’s heart OK, no blockage but has to rest: DAP leader admitted to hospital