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Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Candle For Antares



I don't really know Antares as a person. My first encounter with him was when he was performing in the KL Art Festival sometime in the late 80s, if I am not mistaken. After that I know him as a cartoonist. Later in life, I know him as a fighter for freedom through his blog, Magick River. When I was appearing in the Federal Court with Malik Imtiaz to argue RPK's case, Antares was in Court. Only then did I "meet" him properly.

He loves his country too much. He loves this Earth too much. He loves his family too much. He loves the spiritual too much.

Now he is fighting a debilitating Malaria infection in the hospital.

I know he has got too much fighting spirit then to just fade away to a Malaria infection. He will get through this, that man.

In the meantime, my thoughts are with you dear Antares, protector of the Magick River.

You shall soon come back and walk among us again.

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi wish you a speedier recovery.
Regards

backStreetGluttons said...

Our best wishes for Antares' speedy recovery, tho this has come as a shock indeed ...his original "sock it to them" MagickRiver Blog is one of the very few political/cosmic blogs that we genuinely read. Its good to know he has many caring friends here and there , like yourself

jokersland said...

My best prayers for him for speedy recovery. There a malay proverb that say ' buat baik perdada pada, buat jahat jangan sekali'.

Frank said...

Get well, my friend.

We cannot afford to have you anywhere else except here.

Anonymous said...

sppedy recovery, antares.

god bless.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Antares!! Still a lot yet to accomplish...the battle has just begun. You are sorely needed by right thinking Malaysian.

Gemini said...

Antares, we are praying for your speedy recovery. All the best.

Anonymous said...

Dear Antares via Art,

I did wonder where you have been or what has befallen you as over the last few days I have been visiting Magick River to find that there has been no new post since 21 December. Now I know. Yes, you will be among us again.
I wish you a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

ANTARES,

Hang in there man. God be with you.

Anonymous said...

Antares,

Get well my friend.

Wish you a speedy recovery!

gogetthem said...

Keep fighting man....hang in there and God will be there to care for u. Get well soon and continue socking them.....

Anonymous said...

get your friend Minyak bijiran Hitam or Habatus Sauda combine with pure honey. Only 1 drip will be sufficient. I had suffer similiar fever close to dengue I am using it, it help the body to rcover

masterwordsmith said...

We are praying for a miraculous recovery for dearest Antares. I have been his fan since 'Adoi!' and got reconnected with him last year via blogging.

Antares has been a very dear friend, brother and mentor to me. At a time when I gave up blogging on socio-political posts, he was the one who nudged me gently and that got me started again.

Throughout my friendship with him, he has been a very sincere and dear friend not just to me, but to my son and spouse too!

Sighs...

Very painful even to type this...Thanks for posting, Art. I wanted to do one too but would have been too emo...

Salam

Anonymous said...

Don't die Antares
U r too important to our struggle
Many do not know that you have knowledge of things we r suppose to know. We need u man.

God's blessing be upon u

Zyglos said...

Dear God, we need KL Antares to be with us still.. He is still meaningful here..

Dear Antares, we love you..

Anonymous said...

HOSPITAL BILL$$$$ ?

need help? set up a fund here in art's blog. we'll do the rest.

4RAKYAT

Anonymous said...

Just lit a candle for Antares, the most generous-spirited and loving person I know

mikequah said...

A prayer and a Mass for you dear friend in the spirit.
Maranatha. You are safe. Recover. Keep being!

Anonymous said...

Very few so-called professionals in Malaysia could quite match the level of intellectuality & mastery of words such as you, in describing the "big pix" for our country.

Wishing you a speedy recovery mate and god bless .

Gan said...

Antares thru Art ... please get well soon. Mother Nature will be looking after you ...

P.S. Yes... is he in need of fund? If so - hope somebody can start up one for him

labisman said...

Get well soon bro.

Thanks Art

casper c said...

Dear Art,

Can't pay the man a visit in person but it would be helpful if you could state which hospital ?

Don't think Antares would appreciate flowers but let me put on my thinking cap and come up with some 'choice' selections.

Thanking you in advance.

uncle james said...

Wishing you a speedy recovery Antares.

May the Force be with you.

Peace & Cheers.

EarthPrince said...

Saudara Antares,
I'm one of your admirers since MGG Pillai's SangKancil days.

I hope tomeet you 1day soon.

Get well soon& we will meet for tea.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

OMG!??? I AM ONE OF HIS BLOG READER! I DINT KNOW HE FELL SICK. May he gets well again.

Anonymous said...

Hi Art,

Like one of our friend here suggested, please set up a fund for him if the need arise. At this time, we really, really need him!!

Anonymous said...

on behalf of all your fans and supporters of your courses,we wish you a speedy recovery.magickriver will always flow overcoming whatever on its ways.let us know the acct.no for his fund as an expressions of being part of him.

Anonymous said...

get well soon antares :-)

Moonlake Lee said...

Hi Everyone, this is Moon, I am Antares' daughter. My sister, Belle and I are deeply touched by your concern and love for him.

He is still in critical condition in the ICU but there has been some improvement. The doctors have informed us that he has severe malaria. Some progress has been made but he is not out of the woods yet, so please keep those prayers and healing thoughts going.

We will post updates on his status on his Facebook wall.

Please do not visit him in hospital at the moment as he is under sedation and unable to respond. The doctors have also said that he is in a weakened state and susceptible to infection, so visitors are limited to protect him.

he would prefer to be able to interact with his friends once he is up and about, and able to have a good chat.

thanks also for offers to start a fund for him. He would be so touched!! there is no need to do so at the moment.

thanks again for your well wishes. God Bless

martin jalleh said...

Dear Antares
Very shocked to read about your illness. Bolehland still needs you so please recover real fast -- we are all praying for you that you may recover fully and continue to shine like the super-star that you have named yourself after -- Antares! God bless!!!!
Martin Jalleh

Anonymous said...

Hey Moon,
Ask your family members to recite Yaasin and pray for his recovery. The prophet pbuh said sickness is only 4 2 reasons. 2 clear up your sin or to upgrade your darjat in the eye of Allah swt. He got nothing 2 loose, just make sure he accept the fate.

Salam. Brother in islam

art harun said...

Thank you Moon for updating all of us of Antares' progress. I was there yesterday and took the opportunity to just stand by his bed watching him breathe quite well. I know he will be alright, God willing.
I am sorry if the family took exception to my presence.

kind regards.

Moonlake Lee said...

Hi Art

thanks for your concern.

our family does not take exception to your presence because we know many people care for him and are trying to express their love for him in different ways.

As mentioned earlier, the doctors have recommended to limit visitors to him to reduce the risk of infection to him as his immune system is down.

Antares is a feisty person and the last thing he wants is for his friends to see him in the ICU hooked up to machines and with tubes in his body. He also cannot respond to people at the moment.

thus, what we are asking is for people to wait until he is stronger before they visit him - then at least he can have a chance to chat with his friends... and perhaps enjoy a cup of tea together.

thanks and happy new year

joshua wong said...

Here's to his speedy recovery, one of the bravest man in this land.

As a reader of his excellent MagickRiver blog, i'm missing his writing already.

Just get well soon and start writing immediately ya :)

Belle said...

Hi Art, today i read some of the comments on your blog to my Dad (I'm sure some part of him was listening!). This is the latest update after we saw him this evening:
more good news: my Dad is gradually becoming less reliant on the drugs and machines to help his lungs and kidneys function. Definitely showing more progress each time we see him. He's still under sedation although I did read him some of the positive comments people having been leaving on blogs - so much love and suppor...t for him, no wonder he's recovering each day. Pls keep this love flowing towards him, I truly believe it's working :)

Cheers
Belle (Antares' No. 2 daughter)

A true Malaysian said...

So sorry to learn that Antares is sick. I sincerely hope to see him well again. Deep in my heart, I know he will recover soon.

Anonymous said...

I understand there is otc (in the USA) medication for Malaria call Artemisinin. If anyone has the means to get it for Antares ..........

Moonlake Lee said...

Hi Anonymous,

thanks for your suggestion. Antares is already on artesunate, which is part of the artemisinin group of drugs that treat malaria.

roxy said...

God bless those who are righteous.

Docomo said...

Antares, I pray for your early recovery.

art harun said...

Thanks Belle for the update. Your Dad is a fighter. He will get out of this stronger than ever.

Belle said...

I just saw my dad and he managed to open his eyes and even smile!!!! Words can't describe how happy and relieved we are. He's got most of the tubes out and hopefully when we see him again later he won't need any tubes at all. The parasites have been wiped out and they're expecting him to be out of ICU within the next day or two. I told him that everyone is praying for him and sending him love. Thanks so much for all your healing and support. His 60th birthday on Jan 7th will be a day of celebrating his "re-birth" :)

art harun said...

Oh my God Belle, you wouldn't know how happy I am. I am so glad. Thank God.
Despite what the Doctor said the first day, when I saw him the next day I knew he would be okay. He looked so serene and his breathing was effortless.
He is a warrior. That is why he is so strong.
God bless him.

A true Malaysian said...

Bravo, Antares. Belle, this is the best piece of news for me today. Thank you for updating.

Anonymous said...

ANTARES,

YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE THAT BREATHE LIFE INTO ME WHEN I WAS ILL THEN. NOW, LET ME BREATHE LIFE BACK INTO YOU. GODSPEED!

OETTINGER

BrightEyes said...

Here's to a fast recovery to Antares.

Lets not bother him with visits until he's much better. There's lots of time for that once he's discharged...

Anonymous said...

Antares,
You are a good human being and you are strong. You will recover to continue to do good and be an inspiration to us all.
p/s: Thanks Art for being his friend.A friend of Antares is our friend too.

Belle said...

Hi Art,

My dad's completely off the ventilator and all other support machines/drugs and even trying to speak although he's still rather weak. So nice to see him without all those tubes which I'm sure were really uncomfortable. Nurses say he's making major progress. He's not up for visitors yet as he still needs to regain his strength and energy but oh boy, is he feeling your love and I'm sure he's very grateful. My Dad will be back on his feet in no time jumping from rock to rock :)
Yup Antares is Back and more importantly so is my Daddy-ums :)

Anonymous said...

Belle, Moon and blogosphere superstars Art and Zorro,

So very,very relieved and happy about Antares. Did Light a Candle.

Thank you so much for keeping those of us who love Ant informed of his wonderful progress.

We will celebrate this miracle of a man on his 60th rebirth on Jan 7th.

Salam
Nur

art harun said...

Belle, thanks very much. I am so happy to learn that your Dad is almost out of this thing. Yes, soon he will be jumping from rock to rock again. The evil spirits must be trembling in their whatever now. :)

A true Malaysian said...

Well done, Antares. :)

Anonymous said...

It is so touching to see LOVE is shown regardless of of Race and Religion'

Anonymous said...

So glad to note you are improving ... prayer answered. Happy New Year.

Belle said...

My Dad is off the drip and was able to speak softly today. Best of all he was moved out of ICU into a ward. He's requested for some time to recover before having any visitors as he's still tired and regaining his energy. I'm sure with your continuous love and energy transmissions his "batteries" will be fully recharged in no time.... thanks once again to everyone for your prayers, blessings, positive intentions and thoughts.

art harun said...

Happy new year to you and family Antares. Be good. :)

Frankie said...

Get well soon and Happy New Year :)

Antares said...

Following a Google search on my visitor stats led me to this page and reading what Art wrote and all the comments - nearly 3 months after my malaria episode - is a bit surreal, though the emotional impact remains intense. I feel so grateful for all the love and goodwill extended by everyone, and will bookmark and cherish this document so that anytime I feel a sense of futility creeping up, I can re-read these comments and be reminded what it's all about. Heartfelt thanks to you, Art - a truly wonderful friend, even though our orbits rarely intersect. FYI I was discharged from the hospital one day before I began my 60th solar circuit - and it took about two weeks to regain my muscle tone. By January 28th I was able to climb a small hill without too much panting :-) Right now, I'm fit as a fiddle (or, rather, a fiddler) and feeling a bit rampant!

art harun said...

Antares my friend,

I am glad that you are now back to your normal self again. I heard the dreaded news and what the Doctors said. But when I went to the hospital and I saw you, I somehow knew you would be out of it sooner rather than later.

You are a great friend of the Earth and all her contents. And you always stay pure.

May you continue to be blessed.

Anonymous said...

Good to know that Antares is feeling better now. Keep fighting for what you believe in.