Movie critic and former Malay Mail production editor Lim Chang Moh, 61, has died, apparently from complications after successfully undergoing gall-bladder surgery two weeks ago.
He is survived by his wife, son and two daughters.
Chang Moh was educated at Penang Free School (1964-1970) and graduated from the University of Malaya in 1974.
He joined The Star in Penang, and later went to the New Straits Times and the Malay Mail, where he wrote a long-running weekly column on movies in addition to his other editing duties.
He was production editor of the Malay Mail until he retired in 2006, and continued writing about movies in a blog using the same title as his column, At the Movies with Lim Chang Moh.
In 2008, Chang Moh and former Malay Mail editor Maurice Khoo worked together on a biography of Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid, former chief secretary to the government.
Before his surgery he had posted in his blog on June 22:
I shall be taking an unavoidable break from blogging over the next week or so as I have to be warded for a surgery. I hope to get back to updating the blog when I am able to.
On July 2, he said:
I am very happy to report that the surgery I had was a success, thanks to God and a very able and experienced surgeon. It was a grueling nine-hour op but the worst is over and I am now recuperating.
On Friday, he suffered bleeding and was taken to hospital, according to a family friend. He died at 9pm last night.
Former colleagues and schoolmates expressed their shock and dismay on hearing the news.
A classmate, former Utusan Malaysia ad sales chief Adi Satria Ahmad, said: “We have lost a very dear friend. Chang Moh was such a down to earth and unassuming bloke. We are just shocked and saddened by the news.
“A few months ago at a small gathering at Straits Quay with classmates (among them Jin Teik, Hock Eng and Sze Meng) he joked about being probably the longest running movie reviewer in the world and we had to agree. He probably saw more movies than any one of us in our lifetime. The Malay Mail was not complete without his weekly column.”
A former Penang Free School teacher, music and drama society adviser Cheng Hin, said: “It is indeed saddening to learn of the exit of Lim Chang Moh. He took part in the 1968 production of The Government Inspector as the district judge and gave a good account of himself. I am sure other former members of PFS Music and Drama Society would want to join me in sending his wife and children our deep condolence.”