A Samad Ismail (1925 - 2008)
... a glint in the eye, a knowing smile ... a life that traversed epochs
"...Japan's abrupt collapse led to a period of chaos involving bloody ethnic reprisals (as anti-Japanese Chinese struck out against collaborating Malays, for example) as well as common banditry-all this as Britain slowly reestablished its colonial authority. Amid the mayhem, KERIS and Samad worked with the Chinese underground of the communist-led Malayan Peoples' Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) to urge Malays and Chinese not to fight each other. These connections, as well as Samad's role during the Occupation with Berita Malai, attracted British attention. As Hamidah described it, "British army officers with Gurkha escorts armed with sten guns came almost daily to the house to 'interview' him or to take him away to their headquarters. He spent three months in a military prison and was finally tried and discharged, in part, evidently, because his defense counsel argued that twenty-year-old Samad had been too young to have written the seditious wartime articles of his own volition. ..."James R. Rush
Heartfelf condolence to blogger, Nuraina A Samad and family. May Allah keep Pak Samad in His Blessings!
"When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions". - (Shakespeare).
* Pak Samad belongs to Malaysia and his passing will be felt by family, and very many others.