The Passing of My Journalist Friend, Zainon Ahmad. Al-Fatihah

March 27, 2013

The Passing of My Journalist Friend, Zainon Ahmad. Al-Fatihah


KOTA BARU, March 27 — The Sun Daily’s Consultant Editor Zainon AhmadZainonAhmad_6 died due to liver cancer today. He was 70.

According to his daughter, Zuhailawati, Zainon died at 2.25pm at the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital (HRPZII) here. She said her father was admitted to the hospital after complaining of chest pains at their house in Jalan Bayam here at 1am yesterday.

HRPZII director Datuk Dr Mohd Ghazali Hasni Mat Hassan confirmed Zainon died at the intensive care ward at 2.25pm.

Zuhailawati said her mother Hasnah Abdullah, 65, and two siblings were at his bedside when he died. According to Zuhailawati, her father’s body will be brought to their house in Jalan Bayam here before being laid to rest at the Banggol Muslim cemetery in Kota Baru tomorrow.

Zuhailawati said her father had contracted liver cancer for quite sometime and it began to get serious in October last year. She said before this, her father had been getting treatment at a private hospital in Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Zainon, who was a teacher for three years before joining journalism 35 years ago, was the Assistant Group Editor of The New Straits Times Group. He later joined The Sun as the Editor-in-Chief in 2002.

He was a regular speaker on the role of the media at local and international conferences and was active in various young journalist training programmes.

He was bestowed the Media Personality Award in 2010. Zainon held a degree in History and a Masters’ degree in International Relations from Universiti Malaya. He had also studied newspaper management at the Thomson Foundation, London and was a fellow of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuft University, Boston in the US. — Bernama

9 thoughts on “The Passing of My Journalist Friend, Zainon Ahmad. Al-Fatihah

  1. Condolences to the grieving family and may his sould RIP.

    It is a sad week for the media industry with Alan Zachariah the DJ also passed away.

  2. Our heartfelt condolences to Puan Hasnah and family on the passing of Sdr Zainon.

    I remember him as a widely read man and we used to exchange views on books on politics, leadership, history and economics. Whenever Parliament was in session, Zainon was always there. He will be sorely missed by his family, associates and friends. Semoga Allah mencuri rahmat keatas roh Allahyarham. Al-Fatihah.– Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

  3. May his soul rest in peace.

    Exits the baby boomer generation. You (Dato) and me, Semper fi and Tok Cik and Frank belong to this generation. With us gone, those who remain have no memory of what it meant to be living in the immediate post-independent years and the sacrifices this generation made so they could enjoy their freedom – or whatever is left of it.
    That is why History should be part of the core curriculum in our national schools. But that history should glorify individuals but a whole generation of men and women who contributed to its making. No Biro Tata Negara garbage to clog and pollute your minds.–Din Merican

  4. Condolences to the bereaved.

    I would also like to do the same for the family of the late Tan Sri Ali Abul Hassan, the former Bank Negara Governor and bag carrier for Octo.He was a good man – in the wrong space, place and time.
    CLF, no one remembers the former Governor of Bank Negara after his retirement.He was used, abused and forgotten by his political masters. That’s sad.–Din Merican

  5. The Sun Daily should establish a scholarship fund in Zainon’s memory. The money from it can be used to train young journalists and political analysts for the paper. Mr. R. Nadeswaran who is a close associate of the late Zainon should start the campaign and lobby the management and owner of the Sun Daily for this purpose.–Din Merican

  6. Many will remember the former Governor of Bank Negara for his cash stash in his office when he was DG of EPU. Many will also remember him for the many proposals that were hijacked when submitted to EPU and some proposals were reproduces ad verbatim except for the first page listing the name of the new proposer.

  7. To be very honest……I don’t know Zainon. However, based on what your guys has said about, he deserved recognition & respect. To this, I dedicate this song

  8. Yup, OM he was the bag-carrier and the plagiarizer – not that he wanted to – but had a distorted sense of call beyond duty. I knew him from a distance, and he struck me as a person who continuously repeated the mantra: ‘If not me, it will be someone else.’ He never gained much materially from his foraging for his fellow master Mamak, unlike many others. His was a resigned fate of a Civil Servant who became a Slave.

    If you know now what you didn’t then, all those proposals would nor have been changed. It didn’t need grease – it was another kind of lubricant: Networking amongst the Illuminati.

  9. The Sundaily

    PETALING JAYA (March 27, 2013):

    The late Zainon Ahmad, theSun’s consultant and political editor who passed away today, had a stellar career in journalism, having been reporter and editor for the last 35 years.

    Popularly known as Pak Non, his trademark fortnightly column ‘What They Say’ featured four multi-racial characters discussing current issues in coffee shops or restaurants.

    He was awarded by the Malaysian Press Institute as Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the insurgency in southern Philippines in 1986,

    Despite his wealth of experience and eminence, having interviewed world leaders and covered high-profile events in modern history, Zainon was gracious and down-to-earth.

    Born in 1942, in Semeling, Lembah Bujang, in Kedah, he grew up in humble circumstances in the estates to later become a teacher before joining the New Straits Times in 1978.

    He later led theSun as its first Editor-in-Chief when it was re-launched as a free paper in 2002.

    Zainon held a degree in History and a Masters’ degree in international Relations from Universiti Malaya. He had also studied newspaper management at the Thomson Foundation, London and was a fellow of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tuft University, Boston, US.

    He also represented Malaysia in many regional conferences, raising media-related issues.

    While receiving the Media Personality Award at the annual Kancil Awards in 2010, he had thanked theSun for giving him the space to write articles critical of the government’s efforts to unite the nation.

    “Every year I become a little more serious in my pursuit of the truth, and bolder and braver in expressing it in my articles especially in my column,” he said, emphasising his wish for a Malaysia for all regardless of their place of origin.

    In an interview given to theSun’s former assistant news editor Jacqueline Ann Surin for The Nut Graph web portal last year, Zainon had recounted how growing up in the estates, where he acquired fluency in Tamil, had shaped his outlook and personality.

    “I believe in Malaysia. I believe in multi-racial Malaysia and I think that there is a place for everybody here. If, for instance, all the Indians or the Chinese suddenly decide to leave Malaysia, I think it won’t be Malaysia,” he said in the interview.

    Zainon is survived by his wife Hasnah Abdullah, four children and 14 grandchildren.

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