In memory of my personal friend Megat Junid
I certainly feel very sad to hear the passing away of a personal friend Megat Junid Megat Ayob. Despite our political differences and the partisan controversies surrounding him, we maintained not only cordial personal friendship but also fruitful bipartisan working relations when he was the Deputy Home Minister and I was an Opposition MP in the early 1990s.
It was Megat who accepted my public argument that the international passports of hundreds of Kinta Valley's working-class youths who had returned from overstaying in foreign countries should not be seized and detained by the authorities in Malaysia, and it was also Megat who personally facilitated the return, through my constituency office, some of those passports to holders like Ah Keong and Ah Yin. I also remember it was Megat who, in a reply to my question posed in the Parliament in 1991, announced categorically that The Internationale was no longer banned. Thank you and rest in peace, my dear friend.