Thursday, September 4, 2008

RIP Pak Samad (1924-2008)

Malaysia has lost its Father of Journalism.

Tan Sri Samad Ismail or Pak Samad (Grandpa Samad) passed away today at 84 after a long illness.

My heartfelt condolences to my former editor Nuraina Samad and her family.

May God bless Pak Samad and may all Malaysians cherish his vision for the nation and the sacrifices he made in bringing up the newspaper industry and the nation.

As a Malaysian journalist I'm eternally grateful to him as a grandpa and pa to all members of my trade.

Blessed are they who return to the Lord in the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Pak Samad is one such man and he'll always be a titan amongst men. RIP and Al-Fatihah.