The venue - Mohd Zian Johari's residence at UK Perdana
In a nutshell - place for Zian's old Cabinet of Berita Harian/Harian Metro's movers and shakers to catch up.
Getting eight former sports journalists, two of them having occupied the Berita Harian's sports editor's post and another the same position at Utusan Malaysia, to be in the same living room was a rare occasion indeed.
Zian, sports editor of Berita Harian 1988-1994, played host to:
Razali Yahya, winner of the MPI awards in 1985 for his investigative piece on the misappropriation of funds involving a top cop, later bureau chief at Kuantan and BH sports editor 2000-2002
Rodly Nayan, former editor of Mingguan Bola Sepak and Arena Bola Sepak and later sub-editor of Berita Harian, also a former MPI award winner, now a publisher in his own right
Haji Johari Mohd, former BH and HM sports reporter, now HM executive editor
Haji Ali Mansor Aman, who retired as the HM assistant editor
Zubairi Zabidin, former HM special projects editor
Haji Jalil Hussin, former executive sub-editor at BH
Ismail Ahmad, former Utusan Malaysia sports editor
Zainuddin Ayip, former Berita Minggu editor
Rahim Lajis, former BH sports reporter, Kuching bureau chief and later Utusan Malaysia's sub-editor, now Sportswriters Association of Malaysia (SAM) general secretary
as well as loose cannon
Twice Haji Ali Mansor Aman became an assistant to Zian, first as BH assistant sports editor and later assistant editor of Harian Metro. Here Ali is pictured with former special projects editor of HM, Zubairi Zabidin
One of Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah's confidante, Ismail Ahmad, or Iba to many. A former sports editor of Utusan Malaysia, he later worked at Berita Harian and used to sub loose cannon's copies. When loose cannon met Hamzah last year, Ismail's name was, naturally, mentioned
Zian and Razali Yahya, members of the legendary Berita Harian sports desk in the 80s. Both went on to occupy the coveted sports editor's seat
Zian's trusted lieutenants - Haji Johari Mohd who is now Harian Metro's executive editor, Rodly Nayan, Ismail Ahmad, Hj Jalil Husin
Razali Yahya sells his story to Zian, Rahim Lajis and Zian's bro-in-law, Afandi Majid. "During our time it was normal for New Straits Times to translate our stories!"
The storyteller as animated as ever..."you came to my in-laws place in Rengam with your girlfriend" he recalled. "Oh but I ended up marrying someone else!"
Harian Metro's ascenscion to the top of the charts took place during Zian's tenure. Due credit was given by the top management but not Tun Razak's former press secretary, Abdullah Ahmad "Dollah Kok Lanas". Tak percaya? Ask the Equinas CEO/former Media Prima CEO/NSTP director on the right
The sports desk was known for its solidarity and espirit de corp. Break of fast at Zian's old place 1993. The BH sports desk team of early 90s. Standing from left: Azizah, Mohd Ali Majid, Solmi Ahmad, V. Ashok, Saufi Hamzah, Zulkifli Ibrahim, Rodly Nayan, Ismail Ahmad, Shahruddin Ramli, Rahimuddin Razak, Lukman Salleh, loose cannon, Nasir Ahmad, Abdul Rahim Zain, Norbakti Alias, Badrulhisham Othman. Middle row from left Kak Pah, Ishak Dalib, Md Zali Kasran, Zian Johari, Kak Mizar, Yati. Seated from left Jamhariah Jaafar, Veena Rusli, Aspara Rusli and Natasha Rusli...when Zian was made the Harian Metro editor in April 1994, he gradually instilled the sense of belonging to the paper by establishing Kelab Met
The BH sports desk team were called Jagoan. Class of 1993 - Back row: Abdul Rahim Zain, who was a former NS Malays/ITM footballer, Saufi Hamzah, Mior, Solmi Ahmad. Front row: Rosli Safar, Rodly Nayan, loose cannon (either mascot of the team or centre of attention as usual), Nasir Ab Wahab and Ishak Dalib. With his Liam Brady-like skills a thing of the past, Zian's role was reduced to becoming the team manager