[image and source of story from THE NUT GRAPH].
And not just his ideas. He suffered jail under the draconian ISA for 17 years under the dictator Lee Kuan Yew down South. If he had been PM, Singapore would have been very, very different now.
That’s what someone said at Said Zahari’s book launch I attended years ago in Universiti Malaya. I have read his book DARK CLOUDS at DAWN. It was an honest, heart-felt and wonderful rendition of one man’s struggle as a journalist and politician.
A recommended reading for those who have not read his book. I must get his second book, THE LONG NIGHTMARE. Said Zahari writes nice poems for his wife too, whom he missed very much during his years of incarceration.
Indeed Said Zahari is an inspiration to all. His progressive and multi-racial perspective is comforting and relevant to this day. Although advance in age, he is much much more progressive and modern thinking than many around us today!
I must thank The Nut Graph for giving us this interview, quite relevant to the times as well. Read it and hear his thoughts on Ketuanan Melayu, journalism, multi-culturalism, and the ISA.
And what does he think of UTUSAN MALAYSIA, the hater of Malaysian Chinese or all things Chinese?
This is what happens when a small group of people manipulate the news, and make use of the name “Melayu”. People don’t discuss the real issue itself. It’s as simple as that.
The Pakatan Rakyat need to do more than boycott Utusan. Particularly, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and PAS should go around to the people, to the grassroots, to explain that to play communal and religious issues will not solve the country’s problems.
Wish the UTUSAN/government controlled journalists (past and present) can go back to school with Said Zahari as their master.
The struggle for press freedom would have been truly, truly different then.
God bless you, Said Zahari. Malaysia needs more sons and daughters like you.