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 🙂
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.
Singapore-born Pak Samad passed away on 4th September 2008 at the age 84.
I recently found notes of one his lectures!
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.