“PG Lim is a great Malaysian: bold, brilliant, principled and utterly human. Her story is an integral part of our national narrative. Read it.”
The Star Newspaper
Tan Sri Dato’ Lim Phaik Gan, better known as P.G. Lim, is a beloved, legendary figure in Malayan history. Rising to fame in 1953 due to her phenomenal lawyering skills in saving a woman from a death sentence, Lim’s life has been defined by her passion for her what she believes in, for her community and her country. She has set a precedent as a diplomat and public figure of presence and pose, paving the way for all Malaysian women. Over the course of the last half-century, Lim has served as a lawyer, diplomat, ambassador and activist. Now with the recent publication of Kaleidoscope, Lim can add ‘memoirist’ to her ever-growing list of accomplishments.
Born in the early 20th century, Lim witnessed the gruesome nature of the Second World War, the Malayan Emergency, the eventual independence of the country as well as the brutal events of May 13th, acts that brought what she calls ‘the end of an era’ in history. Given her prominent role in the public eye, many of Lim’s memories are impossible to remove from the historical context in which they took place. Spanning over 300 pages and illustrated with over 75 rare pictures from Lim’s album, Kaleidoscope acts as both memoir and history book, as Lim weaves the story of her life together with the story of her country.