Penang’s frontline survivor

loading

Kim Gooi could be mistaken for a retiree with a penchant for the blues. However, underneath that jovial exterior resides a harder – and more fulfilling – reality.

One can glean that Kim Gooi has lived an amazing life just by looking at him: donning a slanting beret, his whole persona exudes the sense that he’s flirted with disaster for the best part of his life. He tells first-person accounts of SouthEast Asia’s most crucial historical events that I only had the luxury of reading about in books.

To spice things up, Kim is a bohemian old hand, someone who’s able to recount his oneyear stint in Keng Tung jail of 1970s Burma for illegal border trespassing with the same spontaneity he uses to recall the long-gone, smoky opium dens of Penang and their population of human cocoons.


To read the rest of the article and to access our e-Archive, subscribe to us for RM150 a year.



Related Articles

PENANG PROFILE
Feb 2010

Stormy weather in Penang

Penang's musical talents face a tough audience.

PENANG PROFILE
Sep 2015

A designer wise to the streets of Pulau Tikus

From his humble beginnings, Richard Rivalee describes how he became a bonafide fashion designer.

PENANG PROFILE
Aug 2010

Building the Penang Bridge

Engineer Liaw Yew Ping has lived a long and storied life, culminating in the Penang Bridge, his most iconic project.