A Valentine’s Rendezvous with Pak Samad

I MET UP with Pak Samad on Valentine’s Day of 1990, and here’s a photo of our rendezvous… TOGETHER with my coursemates at Jabatan Penulisan, Universiti Malaya 🙂

Final lecture by Pak Samad at Studio Jabatan Penulisan, UM. (14 Feb 1990)

Final lecture by Pak Samad at Studio Jabatan Penulisan, UM. (14 Feb 1990)

We had the privilege to have renown journalist and writer A. Samad Ismail, fondly known as Pak Samad, as guest lecturer in our first year for one paper which was AK103 Mass-Media Organisation. He had retired from full-time journalism in 1988 with an illustrious background – including prison terms during British rule and later detention under the ISA – and subsequently earned numerous awards for his literary efforts.

That day he gave his final lecture, but it wasn’t the last we saw of him.  The following month, on 1st March, he invited his former students to his home in Petaling Jaya for a gathering. I am sure he had hoped some of us would go into journalism… well, some of us did, but briefly. As far as I know, only one in my batch is now still working in the press, MK in Utusan Malaysia.

(Top) Group photo with Pak Samad at his home. The perfect host, he even entertained us with a rendition of "Begawan Solo" on the guitar after dinner. (1 Mac 1990)

(Top) Group photo with Pak Samad at his home. The perfect host, he even entertained us with a rendition of “Begawan Solo” on the guitar after dinner. (1 Mac 1990)

Singapore-born Pak Samad passed away on 4th September 2008 at the age 84.

I recently found notes of one his lectures!

Pak Samad's lecture notes dated 18 January 1990.

Pak Samad’s lecture notes dated 18 January 1990.

Pak Samad Said at Pesta Buku Kebangsaan, Changkat Pavilion (17 August 1991)

Pak Samad Said at Pesta Buku Kebangsaan, Changkat Pavilion (17 August 1991)

I met another illustrious Pak Samad (A. Samad Said, 1986 National Laureate/Sasterawan Negara) on 17th August 1991 during the National Book Fair where he was promoting his latest book then, Warkah Eropah. One of my coursemates, CC had picked him as her subject for her final year AK316 Biography Writing project and Pak Samad had consented to be interviewed. I recall accompanying CC for the interview at a café in PJ and he came across as a very humble man, still is till this day.

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