Lim Kit Siang (In Honour Of His 75th Birthday)

by Allan Goh Chay Foo
Class of ’59

When you answer the country’s urgent call
To help build a nation for one and all,
You dedicate your whole life for the quest
Of making Malaysia the very best!
You have never flinched from this steadfastness
In your tireless crusade for righteousness.
Though threatened endlessly with dark prisons,
And bedeviled with crude verbal poisons,
You soldier on for the best Malaysia,
Full of real fairness and sweet ambrosia,
With none standing as a diminished son,
Under Malaysia’s benevolent sun.

You dream of a country in harmony,
Where justice is in great testimony,
Where all folks are equal before the law,
None sacrificed to senseless legal flaw;
Where people pull in the same direction,
Making Malaysia the greatest nation:
Free of the vile, destructive racism,
And those dastardly communalism;
A nation without hints of corruption,
Never fettered by discrimination;
A country of one nation, one people,
With high principles writ on the steeple.

Since you first appeared in public notice,
Working selflessly in people’s service,
You have shown political dignity,
Truthful of values and integrity.
Labouring, never for personal gain,
You fight on despite many failures’ pain.
Yours has remained the most principled name,
With full personal honour as your mane.
Today you celebrate your big birthday.
May God bless you always, fulfill your days
With love from your family and friends dear;
Grant you the best health in the coming years.

Class of ‘59

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