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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Selamat Tinggal Pak Samad


I DON"T KNOW THE MAN. Know-off him? - sure. Never had the pleasure to meet the great Pak A Samad Ismail. Tan Sri. But some of his children, I've met, and proud to call them friends. Children are a man's greatest assets they say, and in this respect they didn't disappoint. One of whom is exactly my age, a boy whom I ran into when we ran through the same circles once, and the other two sisters I met through the local blogging fraternity. I believe a younger sister was a classmate of my own sister too. My condolences to each of you.

A certain sadness washed over me when I first heard the news. When I think of him, I think of his conviction, his bravery. His incarceration: the first time by the British, from 1951 to 1953. A founding member of Singapore's PAP with his then coalition partner, Lee Kuan Yew.

If he hadn't had a falling out with LKY, or the pull of journalism too strong (he left for KL in '59 to head Berita Harian, and later NST), he might have been, at the very least, LKY's second-in-command. Who's to know?

Many years on, his adopted country Malaysia also chose to incarcerate him, sans trial. That's why the I.S.A. is an abomination. An affront to civilized society, an affront to our Maker. All you have to do is look at the gentle soul called Pak Samad - merengkok in that hell hole for seven - SEVEN!- ('76-'81) bloody years and you know deep in your skin-and-bones that the I.S.A. isn't - wasn't - never-ever-gonna-be - right.

All in all he spent almost a whole decade behind prison walls, forcibly separated from his beloved family; from his children who were small at the time. No, this isn't quite so true. It's the I.S.A. after all, where the rules are arbitrary. He could, I suppose, have cut a deal, cop out, admit (falsely), sign-whatever - but he knew better.
It must've pained him to see the family suffer . . . because frail as some might think he was, Pak Samad had bags of steely resolve. He put conviction and belief above all else. A testament to his strength.

Thank you for showing us the true meaning of patriotism, and what it means to love our country.

Selamat tinggal Pak Samad.


Al- Fatehah...

11 comments:

ewoon said...

Here's a legend that has been in our midst and no one in authority has taken steps to recognise the fact.

Allahyarham Pak Samad may have left us but he is not forgotten, well said in the words of Haris Ibrahim of The People's Parliament blog.

The rakyat should forever remember this great man and be aware of his contributions to our nation building.

May God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.

Pak Samad. True nationalsit, patriot and hero of Malaysia.

hafiz said...

semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat! dia adalah pejuang! salam kunjung! salam ramadhan!

NURAINA A SAMAD said...

brother,

thank you..

God bless

kak ena, kak ton, kak olin, abang med, kamal, kak azah, lalin and nina dan cucu-cicit Bapak..

waletandy said...

Al Fatihah

Pak Samad is truly a legend and Malaysia has lost one of its illustrious citizen.

Semoga ALLAH mencucuri rahmat ke atas rohnya.

kulitpisang said...

http://www.kulitpisang.com

Tan Sri Abdul Samad Ismail, Tokoh Pelbagai Bakat

KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Sept (Bernama) — Tokoh Kewartawanan Negara dan pejuang kemerdekaan Tan Sri Abdul Samad Ismail, yang meninggal dunia hari ini kerana jangkitan paru-paru, adalah seorang tokoh yang mempunyai pelbagai bakat.

Abdul Samad memulakan karier dalam bidang kewartawanan sebagai pemberita kadet dengan Utusan Melayu semasa berusia 16 tahun, selepas menamatkan pengajian Senior Cambridge. Beliau yang lebih dikenali sebagai Pak Samad menjadi wartawan terkenal, tokoh sasterawan dan pejuang Bahasa Malaysia, aktivis politik dan kesatuan sekerja, pejuang hak asasi selain menjadi pembekal senjata kepada pejuang kemerdekaan Indonesia dalam tahun 1940-an.

Beliau yang dididik Abdul Rahim Kajai, menjadi editor Berita Malai pada awal usia 20-an, gabungan Utusan Melayu dan Warta Melayu semasa pendudukan Jepun dalam tahun 1940-an berikutan kematian mengejut Abdul Rahim.

Semasa pendudukan Tentera Jepun, beliau dipengaruhi dalam bidang politik melalui wartawan Ibrahim Yaakob dan Kesatuan Melayu Muda dan membabitkan diri dalam perjuangan menuntut kemerdekaan Indonesia.

Allahyarham juga membabitkan diri dengan perjuangan bagi mendapatkan kemerdekaan Malaya dan menjadi anggota pengasas Parti Kebangsaan Melayu.

Selepas pendudukan Jepun pada 1946, beliau kembali kepada Utusan Melayu sebagai penolong editor dan tujuh tahun kemudian sebagai timbalan editor. Pada 1951 beliau dipenjarakan oleh pentadbiran kolonial British tanpa perbicaraan atas dakwaan terbabit dalam kegiatan komunis dan dibebaskan pada 1953.

Selepas pembebasannya, beliau menyertai Lee Kuan Yew bagi menubuhkan Parti Tindakan Rakyat (PAP) dan membuat draf perlembagaan dan manifesto parti itu tetapi meninggalkanya pada 1957.

Pada tahun yang sama, beliau dihantar ke Indonesia sebagai koresponden Utusan berikutan perselisihan kecil dengan pengarah urusan dan ketua pengarang Utusan, Yusoff Ishak, menyebabkan beliau terlepas sambutan hari kemerdekaan Malaysia pada 31 Ogos walaupun beliau merupakan pejuang kemerdekaan negara.

Di Indonesia, beliau diterima baik oleh rakan seperjuangan termasuk Adam Malik dan berada di republik itu selama lapan bulan sebelum kembali semula ke Singapura dan menyertai New Straits Times.

Allahyarham kemudian menjadi editor penasihat sebuah akhbar baru berbahasa Melayu, Berita Harian, pada 1958 dan berpindah ke pejabat editorial akhbar itu di Kuala Lumpur.

Pada 1972, Abdul Samad, yang pada masa itu merupakan Timbalan Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan New Straits Times, mengetuai usaha menukar pemilikan operasi kumpulan itu ke tangan rakyat Malaysia.

Pak Samad seorang yang gemar membaca juga menjadi jaguh kesusasteraan Melayu dan menjadi penggerak utama dalam menubuhkan Angkatan Sasterawan 50 (ASAS ‘50), pergerakan sastera yang berjuang untuk hak dan kebebasan orang Melayu pada 1950-an.

Allahyarham juga terlibat dalam menubuhkan Persatuan Penulis Nasional (PENA), Persatuan Penulis-Penulis Kebangsaan dan membantu menubuhkan Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, sebuah institusi bahasa dan kesusasteraan pada 1956.

Walaupun sibuk dengan kehidupan sebagai wartawan, Pak Samad masih sempat menghasilkan karya tulisan antaranya termasuk 11 novel, empat buah buku mengenai kewartawanan dan penulisan dan dua antologi cerita pendek.

Antara novelnya adalah “Patah Sayap, Terbang Jua” dan “Tembok Tidak Tinggi” yang memaparkan pengalaman kehidupannya sebelum dan semasa pendudukan Tentera Jepun dan sebelum beliau dipenjara.

Melalui hasil tulisannya, beliau membantu membebaskan minda orang Melayu dan menggerakkan perjuangan mendapatkan kemerdekaan dari penjajahan.

Bagi karya kesusasteraan, Allahyarham dianugerahkan “Hadiah Pejuang Sastera” pada 1976 oleh kerajaan Malaysia dan pada 1988 beliau menjadi penerima pertama anugerah “Tokoh Wartawan Negara” yang dianjurkan oleh Institut Akhbar Malaysia (MPI).

Penerima anugerah Ramon Magsaysay bagi Kewartawanan, Kesusasteraan dan Seni Komunikasi Kreatif pada 1994 itu ditahan pada 1976 hampir lima tahun mengikut Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) atas dakwaan berkomplot untuk menggulingkan kerajaan Malaysia dan Singapura.

Apabila Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menjadi perdana menteri pada 1981, Abdul Samad dibebaskan daripada tahanan dan enam bulan kemudian, dalam bulan Ogos, beliau dilantik sebagai penasihat akhbar Star berbahasa Malaysia dan pada November 1982 dilantik sebagai penasihat editorial akhbar New Straits Times.

Allahyarham bersara pada 1988 selepas 48 tahun dalam dunia kewartawanan tetapi tidak pernah duduk diam dan terus menulis, membaca dan menjadi rujukan bagi isu-isu mengenai kewartawanan dan kemerdekaan Malaysia.

Pada tahun 2000, sebuah buku mengenai beliau bertajuk “A Samad Ismail:Journalism and Politics” yang disusun oleh Cheah Boon Kheng, mengandungi artikel mengenai beliau yang ditulis oleh arwah isterinya Puan Sri Hamidah Hassan yang juga bekas pemberita, dan kawan-kawannya termasuk Allahyarham Tan Sri Melan Abdullah, dilancarkan.

Abdul Samad, dilahirkan pada April 18, 1924 di Singapura merupakan anak kelapan daripada 16 anak dari pasangan keturunan Jawa, Ismail Shairazi dan Aida Abdul Majid.

Bapa beliau, seorang guru besar sebuah sekolah Melayu di Singapura juga merupakan seorang penulis dan telah menyumbang artikel dalam bahasa Melayu untuk akhbar-akhbar tempatan.

Dua daripada 10 anak Allahyarham, Maria dan Nuraina adalah bekas wartawan politik.

– BERNAMA

Mat Salo said...

Bro' Eric,

Thanks for leaving your kind thoughts. Damn right, Sir. That man was the DEFINITION of Nationalist, Patriot and Hero! That's how I wish Malaysians will remember him by...

Haifz,

Terima kasih kerana meluang masa meninggal komentar. Salam ramadhan kembali!

Kak Nuraina,

I think he's blessed with the Greatest Assets. He will be remembered, Sis.

Waletandy,

I tried searching your profile to no avail. Thanks for the kind words.

Kulitpisang,

Thanks for honoring Pak Samad on my blog. Appreciate it very much.

Raden Galoh said...

Alfatehah.
May his soul be blessed amongst His loved ones. Ameen.

Nice piece you have here bro...

Hon said...

It has nothing to do with Chinese. It has to do with malays versus the world.

So what if all Chinese left Malaysia, malays still have to compete with the rest of world. Malays can still be "conquered" by foreigners. You cannot escape competition.

Malays still have to learn how to live and work with the rest of world since Malaysia is a "small" country and has to trade with China and India.

Why do Chinese want to conquer and control Malaysia? It is so small. Chinese wants to be global competitor. We do not want to be "Jaguh" Kampung.

The choice lay with malays. Learn to compete or suffer the consequences. That is the universal value of the world.

vesewe said...

Really?

So what about UK lands in the Peninsula? What was that called Tanah UK?

And what about the 4 northern states that belonged to Thailand, that the Sultan groveled to the UK to take back? Tanah Thai?

And previous to that all the lands owned by Portugal and Holland? Tanah Portugal and Holland?

And how about the fiefdom of Raja Brooke in Borneo? Tanah Brooke?

Each state may have had its own Sultan and government but that does not = Malaysia!

If Malaysia was your own land to control then how come we had to have independence? I suppose Umno teach you that you have to declare independence from yourself?

Stupidest thing I ever heard!

You should go study Malaysia history, real Malaysia history not that doctored Umno garbage!

yuking said...

True enough, Article 153 of the 1957 Federal Constitution does provide for the special position of malays, natives of Sabah and Sarawak, and other marginalised groups.

However, what this special position means is open for debate.

Some believe it merely meant socio-economic position, one that changes dynamically and hence can be renegotiated.

Further, pre-independence documents - the Cobbold Commission Report, the Federation of Malaya Constitutional Proposals and the Reid Commission Report - reveal that this position was meant to be temporary.

The "special right" of malays was therefore understood not as a God-given mark, but recognition of socio-economic status until such a time this could be elevated.

waletandy said...

ISA could not destroy Pak Samad. Similarly ISA would only make RPK, Theresa KOK and others STRONGER.

UMNO is imploding with each passing day. Its TOOLFACE is all over the place.

Hope yours and PR's is on an even keel, HIGHSIDE at all times!