Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BROTHER TO BROTHER IN LIFE AND IN DEATH

I Never Thought This Logo Which I Designed Will Be Of Use Again. But It's Back In The News.

I cannot refrain myself from writing after being sent an article written in a blog called suaramelayubaru.blogspot.my. 

It is about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad allegedly saying that it was not him who put people in ISA but the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayob.

I'm not writing this in my capacity as a state representative this time but as a good friend of his first born and family.
Neither am I writing to chasten Tun Mahathir for his raw statement "snitching" on his most loyal aide even in death. (Well, maybe just a slap on the wrist).

This is about one's loyalty to his leader of the highest order; one that could only be matched by the famed Laksamana Hang Tuah and his Sultan, whom at the very end even fought against his brother in arms, Hang Jebat who was defending his honour after being wronged by the Ruler.

Tan Sri Megat Junid was a Mahathir loyalist; a person who never knew to say 'no' to Tun when he was alive.

Tun knows it well. That is why even in Tan Sri Megat Junid's death, it is as though Tun knows that he has the blessing of his late friend to continue exploiting him if it serves his purpose.

I remember once when he was instructed at the eleventh hour to contest in a different area than the Pasir Salak constituency in which he served superbly all along as Member of Parliament. 

His great service there made it possible for anyone (however ridiculous the candidate) replacing him to win handsomely there. He was succeeded Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

The late Tan Sri Megat Junid knew that he was sent on a suicide mission as being a last minute "parachute" candidate in Parit, (replacing Datuk Ainon Khairiah, who went to state in place of Tan Sri Ramli who was reportedly her nephew) he would surely be shot down by even the local UMNO division machinery. Tan Sri Ramli was originally slotted for Parit but opted for the safer seat in Pasir Salak. Yet, he never questioned the decision and soldiered on under the order of his one superior.

To be fair to Tun, he didn't snitch on Tan Sri Megat Junid just because he is a dead man who couldn't defend himself. 

Tun even did it in public when the latter was alive. Tun is consistent in that regard.

After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed, I remember one special meeting organised by UMNO for Tun, who was the then party president, to explain to the delegates from across the nation on why he was sacked and eventually jailed. I was one of the delegates in the audience.

At one instance during his speech, Tun actually exclaimed while directing point blank at Tan Sri Megat Junid, saying that the latter was the one who told him about Anwar. Everyone turned to Tan Sri Megat Junid and held him responsible for a long while. That was a really cold gesture.

I was flabbergasted,feeling embarrassed even, for him. It was like he was being pointed out at a police line-up for identification purposes in view of the whole nation. 

Even surprisingly to me was seeing Tan Sri Megat Junid sitting there stoned faced, not at all feeling slighted or offended by Tun snitching him off like that in public.

Most would rightfully say that Tun was out of line putting the blame on a dead friend who was most loyal to him, perhaps second only after Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. 

Having said that, I know enough to sadly declare that even if Uncle Megat, as I had called him back then, was alive today, he would not refute Tun Dr Mahathir's statement and is willing as always to take the responsibility of whatever Tun places upon his shoulders.

Such Was His Loyalty To His Boss. Such Was His Loyalty To His Friend. 

Let Him Now Rest In Peace In The Face Of Our Maker. 

May God Bless His Soul And Not Let This Act Of " Betrayal " Affect One's Trust In The Virtues Of Being Loyal To One's Comrade.

AlFateha.


BROTHER TO BROTHER IN LIFE AND IN DEATH

I Never Thought This Logo Which I Designed Will Be Of Use Again. But It's Back In The News.

I cannot refrain myself from writing after being sent an article written in a blog called suaramelayubaru.blogspot.my. 

It is about Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad allegedly saying that it was not him who put people in ISA but the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayob.

I'm not writing this in my capacity as a state representative this time but as a good friend of his first born and family. Neither am I writing to chasten Tun Mahathir for his raw statement "snitching" on his most loyal aide even in death. (Well, maybe just a slap on the wrist).

This is about one's loyalty to his leader of the highest order; one that could only be matched by the famed Laksamana Hang Tuah and his Sultan, whom at the very end even fought against his brother in arms, Hang Jebat who was defending his honour after being wronged by the Ruler.

Tan Sri Megat Junid was a Mahathir loyalist; a person who
never knew to say 'no' to Tun when he was alive.

Tun knows it well. That is why even in Tan Sri Megat Junid's death, it is as though Tun knows that he has the blessing of his late friend to continue exploiting him if it serves his purpose.

I remember once when he was instructed at the eleventh hour to contest in a different area than the Pasir Salak constituency in which he served superbly all along as Member of Parliament. 

His great service there made it possible for anyone (however ridiculous the candidate) replacing him to win handsomely there. He was succeeded Tan Sri Ramli Ngah Talib.

The late Tan Sri Megat Junid knew that he was sent on a suicide mission as being a last minute "parachute" candidate in Parit, (replacing Datuk Ainon Khairiah, who went to state in place of Tan Sri Ramli who was reportedly her nephew) he would surely be shot down by even the local UMNO division machinery. Yet, he never questioned the decision and soldiered on under the order of his one superior.

To be fair to Tun, he didn't snitch on Tan Sri Megat Junid just because he is a dead man who couldn't defend himself. 
Tun even did it in public when the latter was alive. Tun is consistent in that regard.

After Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was jailed, I remember one special meeting organised by UMNO for Tun, who was the then party president, to explain to the delegates from across the nation on why he was sacked and eventually jailed. I was one of the delegates in the audience.

At one instance during his speech, Tun actually exclaimed while directing point blank at Tan Sri Megat Junid, saying that the latter was the one who told him about Anwar. Everyone turned to Tan Sri Megat Junid and held him responsible for a long while. That was a really cold gesture.

I was flabbergasted,feeling embarrassed even, for him. It was like he was being pointed out at a police line-up for identification purposes in view of the whole nation. 

Even surprisingly to me was seeing Tan Sri Megat Junid sitting there stoned faced, not at all feeling slighted or offended by Tun snitching him off like that in public.

Most would rightfully say that Tun was out of line putting the blame on a dead friend who was most loyal to him, perhaps second only after Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. 

Having said that, I know enough to sadly declare that even if Uncle Megat, as I had called him back then, was alive today, he would not refute Tun Dr Mahathir's statement and is willing as always to take the responsibility of whatever Tun places upon his shoulders.

Such Was His Loyalty To His Boss. Such Was His Loyalty To His Friend. 

Let Him Now Rest In Peace In The Face Of Our Maker. 

May God Bless His Soul And Not Let This Act Of " Betrayal " Affect One's Trust In The Virtues Of Being Loyal To One's Comrade.

AlFateha.


Sunday, August 21, 2016

PLATINUM SPORTSMAN


The timely warning by the Health Ministry came after Malaysians were close to suffering from cardiac arrests for the previous two nights rooting for our players who were at times within a point of our first Olympic gold medal in badminton.

Last night would have made the phrase "leaving the best for last" a whole new meaning had our last hope in the Rio Olympics won the final game in the men's singles' badminton category. 

Alas it was not to be. The "real" final was played the night before when Lin Dan was beaten by Chong Wei in a nail-biting epic which totally juiced them out dry. 

This was proven when both the warriors lost their respective matches last night to players of lesser quality. 

The smashing Datuk was gracious in saying that his opponent was the better player when in actual fact the better player lost last night to a more rested opponent who came off from an easier match the night before. Such is the luck of the draw.

We may not have won our first gold medal on our last chance in Rio, but we thank Datuk Lee Chong Wei and the entire badminton team for taking us on that beautiful ride that saw Malaysian citizens all around the world united beyond racial 
and religious lines.

It would have been unfair of us to ask for more than what they gave for their King and Country. Without question they played out of their skin to produce their best.

We thank the whole Malaysian contingent at the Rio Olympics 2016 for giving us the best results in our participating history of the games, especially our flag bearer Datuk Lee Chong Wei who proved to be the most consistent, disciplined and reliable athlete this country has ever produced.

For eight years from 2006 to 2014 this smashing Datuk kept our flag flying high in the International arena as the number one ranked player in the world. Though he slipped low in the ranks paying a heavy price for a  doping offence, he rose back from the sporting dead within a year to be ranked number one yet again.

He May Not Have Brought Home Our Gold, But This Hattrick Silver Medalist  Will Forever Be In My Point Of View, Our Diamond Studded Platinum Sportsman.

Datuk Lee Chong Wei, On Behalf Of The People Of A Grateful Nation, We At The Patriot Foundation Thank You For The Honourable And Faithful Service You Have Rendered This Great Nation.


Friday, August 19, 2016

BRONZE IN ACHIEVEMENT AND IN CHARACTER


Make no mistake. I applaud Azizulhasni's achievement fighting the odds against him after being grossly injured at one time putting his future in sports in the balance.

But his swipe at the Terengganu State Government after clinching the bronze in the Rio Olympic Games 2016 was unbecoming of a true sportsman.

From what we gather, the sports ministry as well as a government link corporation have taken him under their wings taking care of all details in relation to his existence as a representative of the Malaysian cycling team, which is already a financially huge undertaking being camped abroad and coached by foreign experts.

While it is not compulsory for states to provide further assistance to national athletes from the same, it is customary for those who have proven themselves to be rewarded for their achievements by the states of their home birth.

This is not to be taken for granted especially from athletes who are supposed to represent their country with pride and honour without compulsion.

Character and sportsmanship are two main complimentary factors that contribute to an athlete's rise and recognition as a Champion.

The Champion's target is to win tournaments with whatever resources they are provided with, and any grievances forthcoming will have to follow proper channels and decorum.

This three time "Olympian" had the Minister's ear, yet he chose not to produce his claims to the latter for action but took matters in his own hands like it was his right to make demands to his birth state.

We hope Azizulhasni might learn something from Cheong Jun Hoong, Pandalela Rinong, Peng Soon Chan and Liu Ying Goh who won Malaysia higher medals in their respective fields without any sideshows or distracting publicity.

Perhaps Then, Like Them, He Too Can Be An Olympian And A Champion At The Same Time, And Finally Win The Gold In His Fourth Olympics, For Cycling As Well As In Character. Insha'Allah.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

RAMADHAN VICTORIES PROVE US RIGHTEOUS, INSHA'ALLAH!


Perfectly Balanced

1. We begin in all humility in remembrance to our fallen heroes who perished in the line of duty, the late Dato Wan Khair-il Wan Ahmad, Dato Noriah Kasnon, her husband Asmuni Abdullah and Ahmad Sobri Harun. Alfateha. Our thoughts are 
also with the family of the pilot in their time of grief.

2. With much gratitude to Allah SWT, we congratulate the two victorious candidates in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar; YB Budiman whom I had the privilege of meeting while on a week's duty there and Datin Mastura Md Yazid, the most unassuming but very qualified candidate to burst through the political scene of late.

3. BN won by a majority of 9,191 in Sungai Besar and 6,161 in Kuala Kangsar respectively. And in Sungai Besar, we won in all voting points under the adoption of the Johor Barisan Nasional which practically dug their feet in there for three whole weeks under the instruction of Chief Minister Dato' Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

4. A lot have been said about the recent state elections in Sarawak and the by-elections that followed in the Peninsula.

5. Ultimately the success of Barisan Nasional in the Sarawak elections was not attributed to BN but the "Adnan" factor and the by elections in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar was said to be the litmus test not for BN but for Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

6. The latter was widely amplified by some stating that the result of these two beauties would be a referendum on Najib's position in the government.

7. Like the symbolic effort by the " maliciously suspect " collection of signatures on the " people's declaration ", the Rakyat needs to know that neither of the two is able to achieve the seemingly desired effect other than turning it into a drama fooling the mass into thinking it can work. 

8. And on the director's chair of this whole production is none other than former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

9. The "former" statesman needs to finally come to terms with the fact that the overwhelming results obtained by the Barisan Nasional in Sarawak as well as Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar are actually a referendum by the people to put him on permanent retirement.

10. "A rose by any other name is still a rose". You can call it or attribute them to whatever or whoever you want but a Barisan Nasional win still belongs to BARISAN NASIONAL.

11. What most failed to fathom is the endurance, perseverance and collective effort by all and sundry  driven by UMNO, is what formed the success of this longest serving and most organised political coalition in the country.

12. The Rakyat Has Spoken. The Mandate Is Given. 

13. And For Those Who Think That They Can Threaten Or Hold Putrajaya At Ransom Either By Act Or Innuendoes While It Seems Weak, Let It Be Known That The Majority Of The Rakyat Stands Solidly Behind The Ruling Government And Will Not Entertain " Cheap Shots " Or " Grandstanding " At Their Expense. 

14. At The End, The Rakyat Can Do Their Math And Realise That The Loudest Voice Doesn't Necessarily Carry The Majority Nor Contain Substance. Ultimately Physical And Direct Delivery To The People Is Better Than A Charismatic Loudspeaker.

15. This Is A Clear Mandate To The Prime Minister And His Party, To Continue The Good And Consistent Work For The Rakyat Who WILL Stand Behind Him And His Government With The Grace Of Allah, On Any Necessary Action To Be Taken In The Near Future On Any Entity Or Individual That Propagates Treason, Sedition And Disunity.

16. Many Battles In Islam Were Won In The Month Of Ramadhan. Our Twin Victory Was Delivered By God In This Very Same Month. 

17. May It Be A Sign That We Are On The Side Of The Righteous.

18. God Bless Malaysia.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

UNHOLY UNION



They say in politics, there are no permanent friends nor enemies, only interests. This is true very much so now following Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's "unholy union" with those in the Opposition to oust Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Razak as Prime Minister at whatever cost.

Dr Mahathir seemed adamant to force Najib out of office, to the extent of chucking out of the window whatever principles he held while he himself was in office for 22 long years.

He should be in the most capital position to know the proper protocol to relieve a democratically elected Prime Minister from office.



I Apologise. It Does Not My Heart Good To Display The Picture of Our "Former" Statesman With The Other "Characters" In this Awkwardly "Dodgy" Drama, So This Space Will Remain Void.

This is no longer about removing Najib but bringing down the government in the next general election.

The situation does not warrant a no confidence vote on the Prime Minister in Parliament nor is there any room for such a move to be initiated against the President in the party. This is because Najib currently enjoys the overwhelming support in the government and from the Barisan Nasional coalition. 

This, in a nutshell, deems void the call to remove Najib through "non-violent and legally permissible means".

It must also be reminded that Najib was elected President of Umno through the most democratic process the party has ever seen as he was the one who pushed for the election process to include 100,000 grassroot members compared to divisional delegates numbering just around 2,000 previously.

Similarly, seeking the "removal of all those acting in concert with him" would mean removing all the Cabinet members, the UMNO Supreme Council and the grassroots leaders comprising divisional heads and the chiefs of the wings in their respective divisions.

Failing to go through the legal and proper procedures available, this declaration can only be seen as a desperate measure to rally support among the rakyat, which will prove to be devastating at best if it succeeds considering they do not have common grounds to move the country forward.

The recent laws and agreement mentioned in the declaration went through the lower and upper houses of Parliament and obtained the Royal Assent, which meant that the federal constitution was duly observed in all its glory.

Finally, the irony of seeking the separation of powers among the executive, legislative and the judiciary is that it was tabled by the very man who was allegedly responsible for the removal of a Lord President during his time.

This call therefore fails to bear any credence on that score. 

Furthermore, the independence of these three branches of government have proven to be protected best under the current Prime Minister compared to his predecessors.

Some may have said that the co-signing of the so called "citizen's declaration" without "goofing off" and slapping each others' back was better than the warm and "overly" cordial relationship shown by the members of the government with the opposition. 

They, however, failed to see the distinction whereby where government policies are concerned, we draw the line hard and clear without compromise. 

A strong indication was given by Mahathir earlier of this "Unholy Union" when he attended the Bersih 4 rally but chose not to be present at the National Day celebrations on the very next day.

The goal of Mahathir's "third" exit from UMNO may not achieve its purpose. It has failed to draw the same amount of shock and emotions among the rakyat this time around. 
History will not likely repeat itself at this juncture. 

At best, he will sadly be remembered in finality as the fourth past President of UMNO to have ended his journey in life outside of the party that he had once served with flying colours.

- The Patriot is the State Assemblyman for Kempas, Johor.


Friday, January 22, 2016

NO SUBSTITUTE TO NATIONAL SECURITY


1. From the first time I took the oath of office and since then, I have pressed on the importance of national security especially for Johoreans in my capacity as the State Representative for Kempas.

2. I've touched on a possible tie-up of a foreign company manning the security of a good part of Iskandar, drawing concerns about the tapping of classified details pertaining to the government and its officials.

3. I've raised concern on the special arrangement of bringing in foreign Chinese workers to the state. I've asked whether background checks were done on them and if secured bonds or guarantees were locked in from the supplying nation, which has imposed on us conditions for their companies to invest here. This was raised after reading about the possibility of Chinese investors shipping prison inmates as labourers for their projects abroad.

4. I've also touched on the increase in the crime rate involving foreigners, which was 2,291 cases in 2012 but shot up to a staggering 13,591 in 2014. And on the very day I made my speech about it in the State Assembly, there was a crime being committed that almost left the victim dead with a cracked head in Pasir Gudang involving a foreigner.

5. All these concerns, which should be high above in the list of priorities in our state and country, were either left unreported or unanswered.

6. Yesterday, The Star and Malay Mail reported of the "Silent Assassins" from Bangladesh being arrested in Singapore. They were allegedly to have "planned terror activities in other countries including their homeland."

7. With 1.5 million Bangladeshis in the works to be allowed in, not to mention the hundreds of thousands who are still here, I ask again, have we done and are we doing thorough screening on them?

8. I had the privilege of witnessing the special forces (police) in action manning the Senai airport on the first day of their operation upon arrival from the Capital a few days ago. And today, I saw four heavily armed personnel talking to each other and laughing instead of looking serious and being on a lookout for suspicious characters at the Subang Airport. 

9. The uniform and intimidating hardware looked impressive but may only work on placed explosive operatives unwilling to die with it, (like the ones during the IRA insurgency in UK). It will not intimidate suicide bombers who are already willing to die with their thumbs on the detonator. There's not much one can do when it's strapped to the body and has arrived at its target location.

10.  While the police intelligence have done an excellent job intercepting the operatives so far, the onus is on the federal government to ensure that the millions who will fly in to stay on for years on contract here are scrutinised before they are cleared to blend with Malaysians at large. 

11. With the limited number of uniformed personnel on the ground nationwide, I'm certain this would ease their burden and reduce some risk of terrorism in this country. With a potential RM4.5 billion to be made and shared by the authorities and various parties, I'm sure the least the authorities could do is to ensure that Malaysians are safe with the influx of these 1.5 million strangers from Bangladesh.

12. National Security Is Paramount And We Should Leave No Stones Unturned. Prevention Is Better Than Regret Because With Terrorism, There Is No Cure.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

TUN ABDUL RAZAK; HOW I REMEMBERED HIM

It Was Exactly Forty Years Ago Today That I Remember My Late Father Slumped On The Stairs Next To The Table Where The Dial Phone Was Placed.

It Was Dark In The Evening With The Sound Of Crickets In The Background While We Were On Standby For Our Daily Updates From My Sister Hasnah.

She Was Instructed By Our Late Father To Be At The Hospital In Between Classes To Report On The Tun's Condition In London. The Public Phone By The Clinic Was Almost Hers That Week As She Was The Only One Hogging It.

(Being An Outsider Having No Access Whatsoever To Anyone In The Entourage, "Reporting On The Tun's Condition" Meant To Inform Us Of Any Development Taking Place In Or Around The Clinic Regarding The PM At The Time, Not Relating To His Medical Records).


We All Sat In The Dark On The Stairs At The Residence For A Good While Crying After My Sister Delivered The Devastating News Via A Reverse Charged Telephone Call From London.

Radio Television Singapore (As It Was Known Then) Confirmed It On The Very Next Tv News Broadcast, Hours Before Dato' Hussein Onn Appeared On Radio Television Malaysia, With The Official Statement.

I Remember It Vividly Being A 12 Year Old Boy, I Guess I Cried More So That Night After Seeing My Father Cry For The First Time Ever In My Life.

We Were All Sad To Hear The Passing Of A Man Whom I Can Safely Describe Today As The Greatest Prime Minister Malaysia Has Ever Produced, Who Was Called To Return To Our Maker Way Before His Time In The Book Of Mortals.

In The Midst Of The Deafening Silence In The Next Hour After The Revelation Of His Passing, I Silently Remembered When My Father Received A Note From Him Cautioning The Former For Sending Him A Humidor With Cigars Inscribed With The Initials.   "TAR ", In Fear Of It Being Claimed By Tunku Abdul Rahman To Be His. It Brought A Brief Smile To My Face Thinking Of His Wit And Light Humour.



We Thank The Late Tun Abdul Razak For Appointing Our Late Father As Ambassador To The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark And Sweden While Offering Him United Kingdom As His Last Posting Which My Father Respectfully Declined After More Than A Decade Heading His Majesty's Mission Abroad.

But Most Of All, We Thank Him For Placing The Very Foundation On Which Malaysia Developed And Stands Solidly With Much Pride Today.

May The Soul Of Abdul Razak Bin Hussein Rest Peacefully Amongst The Truest Of Muslims By The Sight Of The Almighty, And Be Granted By Allah Swt, His Intercession On The Day Of Judgement.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

TAKE NO PRISONERS MR PRESIDENT!

Sixty Nine Years And Still Flying Strong, Insha'Allah 

Tonight Marks Exactly A Week After The Umno General Assembly Which Ended With The Presidential Winding Up Speech On A High Note.

I Waited For A Week To Write About It To Feel If The Adrenaline Remained High Seven Days After The Event, Or If It Simmered Down To A Freeze Even Before The Delegates Reached Home From It, Like Most Sceptics Predicted. 

The Words "There Will Be No Retreat! No Surrender!, No Retreat! No Surrender!" Kept On Ringing In My Head Until Today. It's A Strong Signal, Nay, A Stern Warning To The Detractors And Instigators That We WILL Finish Our Term As Ordained By God With The Same Team That Was Voted In By The Citizens Of Malaysia.

Let That Time Decide On Our Fate After The Rakyat Has Seriously Gauged Our Performance With Intellect Not Emotions And Stacked It Against The Promise Of The Opposition Coalition, That Is In Shambles And Looks Unable To Rebound On Time To Lead This Blessed Nation After The Next Elections.

With Only Two And A Half Years Left On The Clock, It Is Time We Employed The George W Bush Doctrine Of " Either You're With Us Or Against Us". No Two Ways About It.

We Have To Eliminate The Enemies Within And Move Forward As A Big, Strong And United Coalition Under One Flag.

Flag It Through!

The President Has Shown Magnanimity. Now It's Time To Exhibit Commanding Leadership.

While Those Who Attacked The Leadership From Within Were Too Engrossed With The Fear Of Not Winning In The Next Elections, The President And His Team Were Focussing And Will Continue To Focus On The Task At Hand Which Is Serving The Country And Taking It Across 2020 As A Full Fledged Developed Nation As Envisioned In The Sixth Malaysia Plan In 1991 By A Former Prime Minister Who Looks Like He Will Live To See It, Insha'Allah.

We Must Leave The Rest In The Hands Of God And The Voting Nation Letting Them Do Their Evaluation On This Administration And The Reforms That Came With It When The Time Comes.

In Conclusion, Despite The Intention To Take "The Storm Beyond The Cup", So To Speak In The General Assembly, It Ended With A Show Of Force And Unity Never Shown In Recent History Of The Party Convention.


So Let Us Reinforce Our Strength, Not Look Back And Together Declare With Our President, Without Compulsion, That There Will Be No Retreat, No Surrender, And Might We Add,  Take No Prisoners Either Sir!


Monday, December 7, 2015

A GENTLEMAN PRINCE

A Prince, An Officer And A Gentleman 

I First Met The Late Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar By Chance A Few Weeks Before The Elections In 2013 At The Prince Hotel In Kuala Lumpur.

I Was With The Members Of My Patriot Foundation Having A Political Brainstorm Over Supper. The Late Prince Himself Was Singing With The Live Band When His Father HRH The Sultan Of Johor Arrived. 

He Had Quite A Voice And We Enjoyed Our Time Listening To Him Serenade Those Who Were There. We Overstayed As The Only Way Out Was To Pass In Front Of HRH The Sultan's Table And We Thought, Being Johoreans, That It Was Inappropriate To Leave Before HRH Got Up For Anything.

Anyway When We Finally Did, We Managed To Say Hello To The Late Prince On Our Way Out. I Saw Then How His Demeanour Was Different From The Rest Of The Blue-bloods That I Have Met In My Entire Life.

He Was Calm, Collected And Very Humble. That Was The Only Time I Ever Spoke To Him, Though I Followed His Developments Just Like The Rest Of The Country.

The Last Time I Observed The Late Tunku Laksamana Was At The Johor Crown Prince's Wedding. Though He Was Frail, He Kept His Head Up High, Came In His Full Regalia And Carried Himself More " Royally " Than Even The Windsors, While Being Very Humble Greeting The VIP Guests.

Despite Not Having Had The Privilege Of Being Acquainted To The Late Tunku Abdul Jalil Iskandar, Tunku Laksamana Of Johor, His Royal Highness Certainly Reinforced My Political Upbringing By Reminding Me Through His Actions, During Sickness And In Health, In Life As Well As In Death, That One Can Be Great And Yet Maintain Humility At The Same Time, Which Makes One Even More Magnificent In The Eyes Of God And The Human Race.

What An Extraordinary Gift To Mankind Was He. A Gentleman Prince Of All Time.

May Allah's Blessings And Grace Be Upon Your Soul My Dear Prince, And May You Rest Amongst The Righteous In The Sight Of The Almighty.

Alfateha.