Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy birthday to Kak Lin and the Malay Mail

On December 14, 1896, the first issue of The Malay Mail was published by John H. Matthews Robson in Kuala Lumpur. It was a hand-printed broadsheet with four pages - only advertisements on front page, page 2 and local news on the other two pages. Two hundred copies daily and sold at 15 sen. I spent almost 12 years of my life with the paper. Co-incidentally the paper shares her birthday with Kak Lin. If not for Kak Lin's promptings for me to apply for PETS IV in 1991, I would have gone on to do other things, journalism not one of them! Many happy returns Kak Lin, may the Almighty continue to shower his choicest blessings upon you and bless you with good health, peace and happiness.

9 comments:

The Malaysian Explorer said...

Yes many happy returns to Kak Lin. And thanks for the short history of Malay Mail. Didn't know its more than 100 years old now.

Cheers!
The Malaysian Explorer

Anonymous said...

Saya ikuti tulisan sedara dlm senyap. Saya ingin bertanya, kemana & dimana wartawan Azhar Taib?Tolong sampaikan pesan saya.Mengapa saya tidak lagi terbaca tulisan beliau? Apakah beliau sudah digam FAM? Apakah beliau tidak berminat lagi mengkritik bola Malaysia & FAM?

rizal hashim said...

The Malaysian explorer,

Thank you for visiting. Cheers. In the event I need a tour manager, I'll email you!

rizal hashim said...

Saudara anon,

Saudara Azahar Mohd Taib masih di Harian Metro, memegang jawatan penolong pengarang sukan. Tulisannya dulu berbisa dan menusuk kalbu bukan pembaca tetapi yang dikritik, hahaha. Malang sekali beliau tidak lagi menulis kolum sedemikian. Mungkin ada sebab-sebab tertentu, Wallahualam.

nstman said...

Any paper which rejects a guy who writes very well is a stupid paper. I am afraid Malay Mail is that paper. Rizal is arguably the No 1 sports journalist of his generation. And MM doesnt think much of him!

Anonymous said...

tenguklah siapa boss
tats why malay mail does not want rizal.

mana boleh vengathesan and rizal can get along

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Kak Lin!!!!

Rizal Hashim will always remains as colourful sport journalist even without people acknowledging it.

Orang kat Malaysia selalu appreciate benda yang dah tak ada,kalau masih ada semua macam tak nampak.....

Don't worry bro,you will forever be cherish by who knows your capability....

Adik Ipar yang berlantaikan bumi berbumbungkan langit,

Azam & Risya
(back to the happening world - Turkmenistan)

Anonymous said...

corerct me if im wrong rizal..but bukankah anda yg opted untuk vss daripada staying on in mm? tak fair la kalau kata mm is a stupid paper. tapi kalau kata org-org tertentu stupid..then...lain ler..

rizal hashim said...

Anon 6.26pm,

Yes true I opted for VSS.My apologies for not responding to nstman earlier.