The Tunku Revisited

Many would vote Tunku Abdul Rahman since Malaysia’s most precious prime minister due to his endearing techniques. His wit, sharpness of mind, sympathy and compassion for your common people had been legendary.

pemakaman muslim But several of his fans may not end up being aware about his vibrant early career in addition to his enduring connection with Thailand’s Islamic minority.

Much have been written about his / her political development and achievements. Robert MacNamara, then-president of the World Bank, said in his opening address at typically the first Tun Abdul Razak Memorial spiel that he was envious of the particular Malaysians in typically the audience who wandered with the beginning father of typically the nation, whereas he had to get to know typically the Tunku from the background books.

I used to be 10 years old inside 1957 when the particular Tunku proclaimed self-reliance from Britain plus became the nation’s first prime ressortchef (umgangssprachlich). I had the great fortune of gathering him several periods in his later yrs. Watching him in action, listening to his wise words, I became one of his many admiring fans.

I actually first came face-to-face with the Tunku at his residence in Ayer Raja Road, Penang, in-may 1978. He had long retired and had chosen Penang as his pension home.

Why experienced he chosen Penang and not Kuala Lumpur? The folks of Penang were honoured and joyful that such a new great man experienced chosen this island then because his home. It was evident he loved the isle in the same way the islanders loved him.

Waiting around for the Tunku

It was concerning 10 in the particular morning. We were all waiting for the Tunku in the particular reception room cum office, staked together with expensive souvenirs, trophies, walking sticks and memorabilia.

In the corner his Chinese language secretary was pounding on a typewriter. Samad the car owner and Owen Chung his ADC was around chatting. I was seated beside a humble Malay lad of about eighteen. Facing us were three distinguished-looking guys – two Chinese and an Indian Muslim. Obviously several rich tycoons, We thought.

As the particular Tunku came down the winding stairs, before I possibly could stand up, the three big-shots went forwards and greeted typically the old man together with gusto. “Tunku Tunku! I just purchased a 300-dollar shirt coming from Hong Kong regarding you. Could you perform golf this Thurs? We’ve book typically the golf course, ” one of the Chinese said fully.

Tunku, with scarcely a glance, waved him aside. The 2nd Chinese man happily came forward plus said, “Tunku, coming from formed a Bumiputra company – 51 percent Malay and 49 percent Chinese. Could you sign for us all? We got a item of land within Balik Pulau, we want to develop into a new holiday resort. inch

Tunku retorted, “Where did the Malays get the funds to form the particular company to accomplish big business? “

Typically the tycoon confessed, “Actually we set up the money for them. inches

“I realize the Malays have no money. A person Chinese have typically the money but nevertheless I just can’t basically sign the program for you personally. You have got to tell me personally who are these people, what is their particular background? ” Tunku admonished.

“OK, OKAY! I’ll do that will Tunku, ” the particular guy said plus quietly sat straight down.

Then the Indian Muslim man happily announced that he had persuaded a friend inside Sungei Pattani to take Islam.

Tunku nodded happily and asked him to sit back. He then emerged straight to the Malay lad and me personally and warmly shook our hands in addition to attended to us, enquiring whether we experienced our coffee in addition to how he can help us.

All of us said yes and thanked him regarding the coffee. The particular Malay boy in addition to I felt 10 feet tall the way Tunku treated us all in front regarding the three abundant and powerful guests.