Monday, April 2, 2012


I met ZAINON AHMAD in the mid 70s during the MERDEKA FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT. Countries in SEAsia lobbied to be invited by FAM for this prestigious annual tournament usually held just before our Merdeka Day.

Japan and South Korea were always favorites and we had teams from Hong Kong and even Western Australia. The latter played more with our women than on the field and the Hongkies were great fans of the bookies. Eventually these two teams were never invited. Burma and Indonesia and Thailand were fierce contenders too. Zainon was Laiason Officer to one of the teams and I was assigned to the Transport Section. Over a couple of Merdeka Tournaments we forged a friendship. It was easy to like this guy. He was always smiling and you naturally become comfortable in his company, he grows onto you! One Saturday night after a game he asked me to do him a favor. “I cannot come in tomorrow night. Can you take over my duties.” He had to deliver notes to his university mates on Monday and he had to spend Sunday printing those notes. That was income for him and that was how he saw himself through University.

After the tournament I cut a deal with Zainon. My principal, the affable, rotund Bro Bernard agreed that we should help Zainon. Zainon could use our Gestetner printer with ink thrown in but he had to supply his own paper. I am sure this little gesture played a small part in defraying some of Zainon’s expenses. He was riding a cubchai then.

He graduated and went on to be the Editor at Large of NST and is now Political Editor of the Sun.

This morning I scrolled down my sidebar and noticed that Jac Surin of the Nut Graph had a new article. It featured Zainon.

It was refreshing connecting with an old friend. HERE

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Anonymous said...

A sequel to the record-breaking viral video Kony 2012 has been rescheduled for release Thursday, the non-profit Invisible Children says.

The follow-up on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who abducts children to be soldiers and sex slaves in his Lord's Resistant Army, had been set for release Tuesday but was delayed by "editing issues," a spokeswoman told Fox News.

The original 30-minute video posted to YouTube on March 5 has been watched almost 87 million times and generated popular support. But it has been criticized for oversimplifying or manipulating facts in a bid to hasten the arrest of the man who tops the International Criminal Court's list of war criminals. The group itself has been criticized for its finances.

Called Kony 2012: Part II: Beyond Famous, Invisible Children says the sequel will offer "a closer look at the LRA and solutions on the ground." It was "designed for an international audience with more details" on the LRA and "more voices" from the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where Kony is based, according to the director of ideology of San Diego-based Invisible Children. Part II will also revisit the group's "Cover the Night," which encourages young people to volunteer five hours April 20, Time notes.