Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Rest in Peace, Tuan Jamal

New Straits Times pic

I was in Johor last Friday when I received an SMS from a dear friend stating that Datuk Jamaluddin Khalid, the Police deputy director of internal security and public order, had passed away.

Read here.

A former disciple of former KL CPO and FA of Malaysia general secretary, Datuk Dell Akbar Khan Hyder Khan, Tuan Jamal was occasionally given the task of handling the national team's security aspects, including accompanying the team for overseas assignments when Dell was in charge of the secretariat.

It was in Doha, Qatar in 2001 that I got the chance to talk to Tuan Jamal in private as he was the team security officer while I was covering the pre-World Cup for the Malay Mail. Upon our return, there was one particular incident at the Abu Dhabi International Airport which remains imprinted in my mind. We were on our way back to Kuala Lumpur from Doha after another failed mission.

Due to a slight misunderstanding, the coach Allan Harris and I almost came to blows. If not for the quick intervention of Dell and Jamal who played referee and separated Harris and I, I could have probably gotten a red eye and bashed up by a former player whose Chelsea legend brother Ron was nicknamed Chopper for his tough tackling.

Tuan Jamal then gave me a piece of his mind. "Mulut tu jaga sikit (watch your mouth)!" Yes, Tuan, it was a darn good advice but they don't call me loose cannon for nothing. While there were few opportunities for Tuan Jamal and I to foster a closer relationship thereafter, I kept tabs on his career in the force. Harris and I, meanwhile, remain great friends.

May the Almighty forgive him of all his sins and may Tuan Jamal's soul rest in eternal peace. My deep condolences to his family and friends, including Dell. Al-Fatihah.

7 comments:

Abang_manja said...

Al-Fatihah buat arwah dan semoga rohnya akan ditempatkan di sisi org-org yang soleh.

Ahmad A Talib said...

Moga2 rohnya diletak dalam golongan orang2 yg soleh. Kali terakhir saya berjumpa arwah ialah tahun lepas di KT. Semasa itu, arwah menjelajah Malaysia dalam kembara Merdeka yang diketuai oleh Datuk Zahid Hamidi. Tuan Jamal mengajak saya masuk sukan bermotor. Tapi U tau lah...gua mana tau bawa motor!

Al-Fatihah untuk arwah.

Anonymous said...

A great man and a friend.
Many a time, arwah never hesitated to offer a helping hand and kind advice whenever i need it.

Al fatihah buat arwah and i pray that his loved ones are strong in coming to term with his passing.

khawari

utusanLFC said...

actually, pesanan arwah tu kau ada ikut ke tak? hahaha... banyak-banyak manusia kau nak kena pelangkung, kenapa la dengan coach Malaysia. heran aku.

My Raison D'etre said...

Al fatihah buat Tuan Jamal.

He was amongst the first high ranking officer who gave me tips and pointers during my crime beat days of covering PJ Balai.

Innalillah.

Wasalam.

Muhammad Azli Shukri said...

salam lebaran. al fatihah.

Arnaz M. Khairul said...

Here you go again... It must be all those TV appearances.. Dah agak dah, itu sindrom hangat-hangat taik ayam tak boleh dielakkan.. Dah glamour skit, terus tak update..
Where is the Shapawi soap opera continuation?? Don't leave us hanging. We want to see if you got what we got.. I think Madi already told you in an earlier message. Cepatlah!!
Otherwise, I won't be surprised to see you on the cover of Maskulin next!!

P.S.: And futsal on Tuesday night, don't forget.