Many people would have joyfully wished veteran opposition politician Lim Kit Siang on his 82nd birthday on 20 February.
An exemplary politician, Kit, as he is fondly known, has fought the tides and still stands tall in the face of his adversaries.
He is a politician who was not afraid to be imprisoned, as long as he could stand up and fight against corruption and injustice.
He did not believe in chasing after titles and decorations for personal glory. He was always humbly clothed in a simple white shirt.
Whatever his enemies may say about him, he will always be remembered for his battles, his sacrifices and his principled convictions.
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Kit, may you always enjoy blessings and the prayers of many people in Malaysia and around the globe. You have contributed to and continue to struggle for a better Malaysia for all.
Albert Einstein ‘s quote would be appropriate as a birthday tribute: “It is the duty of every citizen according to his best capacities to give validity to his convictions in political affairs.”
In this, you have done extremely well.