Dol who loved football
Jaya for whom blindness became a blessing
Zul when he discovered the joy of wind in his face
A man looking for love and asam pedas
Habibah who celebrated her wedding in the pouring rain
Joo Nee, daughter or daughter-in-law?
Glamorous Black Cat and her secret identity
Si Badang whose back was crooked but whose heart was straight and true
These are stories of a time when the air was fresh and life flowed gently.
Stories of old-time Johor Bahru when it was a small country town graced by a tree-lined esplanade running along the sea.
Stories of people who have been challenged by fate but who challenged their disabilities.
Like the boy who played football with one leg, the blind girl who could make rempah with the batu giling, the paraplegic who found mobility with a motorbike, a woman who found happiness despite a lame leg, and the hunchback whose heart was straight and true.
These are stories dedicated to the memory of Dato’ Dr. Lim Kee Jin
who was deeply involved in the welfare of disabled people. Inserted in between these stories are photographs of his art works, sculptures that represent decades of artistic explorations into wood.
‘The grit and inner sanctum, an undefeated mind and joie de vivre of disabled people living in abject poverty are the pervasive themes of these short stories. Written with scintillating clarity, the pathos never drifts into sentimentality. Through the empathetic eyes of the author, the stories capture the poignancy of an era when life was unhurried and time flowed languidly in the southern Malaysian town of Johor Bahru.’
– Professor Kua Ee Heok, Tan Geok Yin Professor of Psychiatry & Neuroscience,
National University of Singapore, Mind Care Clinic, Farrer Park Medical Centre
‘A joyous and compassionate celebration of the struggles, hopes and loves of people with special abilities. The adornment of the book with photographs of the beautiful, meaningful wood sculptures by Dr. Lim Kee Jin are a real treat.’
– Dato’ Dr. Anwar Fazal, Chairperson, Think City, Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award, popularly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”
‘A must-read book for everyone to reflect their own life
and the life of the differently abled people.’
– Dato’ Dr. M. Singaraveloo, Consultant Physician, KPJ Johor Specialist Hospital
About the Author
Datin Patricia Lim Pui Huen, after retiring from a career in librarianship and research, is discovering the joys of creative writing. She finds continuing inspiration in the varying impulses in people’s lives and is greatly moved by the challenges that people with disabilities face every day. These stories grew out of her involvement with JARO which in turn grew out of her husband’s active role in that organisation.
One-Legged Football and Other Stories by P. Lim Pui Huen
Areca Books, 2020
Hardcover, 6.25 in x 8.25 in, 104 pages