Saturday, April 19, 2008
The ties that bind
The Star carried a report on the Olympic Torch Relay on April 16 and one of the personalities featured was former Malaysian Ambassador to China, Datuk Abdul Majid Khan.
Datuk Majid (picture courtesy of the Star) is the son of the late Ahmad Khan, a respected community leader in Kluang, Johor. A road in Kluang was named after him in honour of his immense contribution to the place I used to call kampung. Just google Ahmad Khan.
Then google Aziz Awab, also another respected community leader and Umno grassroot stalwart back in the old days, when leaders were short on cash but long in integrity. Arwah Atok Aziz was my maternal grandfather.
Atok Aziz was a voracious reader. After his death in 1983, I discovered a treasure trove in his bedroom, a cupboard full of magazines, mainly local publications on entertainment, politics and sports. I still have a few copies of Atok's Dunia Sukan, the No 1 local sports magazine in the 1970s.
Born in Merlimau, Malacca, Atok Aziz was a footballer, up to a certain level, I guess. Though he was just a taxi driver, Atok Aziz was equally comfortable in the company of Kings and the commoner.
He rose to become president of the Persatuan Pemandu Teksi Kluang, a councillor of the Majlis Daerah Kluang Utara and helped establish Syarikat Gunung Lambak.
And he was also a stringer for Utusan Malaysia.
When he became the founding chief of the Umno Bunga Raya branch at Kampung Melayu, Atok Aziz's No 2 was renowned writer Ismail Zam Zam.
Atok Aziz would have been out of place in today's Umno. He would have not been able to fathom the extravagance of Azalina Othman Said, a daughter of former Director General of Kemas, I'm sure.
Hanya Allah membalas jasa Atok. Al-Fatihah