Thursday, January 24, 2008

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.

4 Comments:

Blogger kittykat46 said...

He did some good, he did some bad things.
Its not nice to speak ill of the dead, but the key reason for his 1999 election defeat was he had been identified as one of the key conspirators behind Anwar Ibrahim's downfall. His own electorate turned its back on him.

12:32 AM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

according to good chinese tradition, we only assess a dead man's positives and negatives after three months from the date of the burial.

12:49 AM  
Blogger Mohd Rusdi said...

maksudnya kita orang hanya mampu mengkritik Hitler tiga bulan selepas dia membunuh diri dalam bunker sama dengan kekasihnya Eva?

I am dumbfounded. I think whatever tradition it is, it don't apply to evildoers macam Hitler atau Musolini atau Hideki Tojo kan?

Bagi saya, Megat Junid belong to same category.

10:59 PM  
Blogger James Wong Wing-On said...

As ADULTS, we must have a sense of scale and proportion: Megat is NOT Hitler, Musolini or Tojo although he reportedly did some wrongs.

1:51 AM  

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