IT'S more than a week since Pak Samad died. After I wrote a piece on an interview he gave to the Malaysian Press Institute a couple of years ago, I realised that that's simply not enough.
I joined many people in paying tribute to Pak Samad, the icon of Malaysian journalism before and after. Some of the articles written by fellow bloggers and journalists about the Old Man of Malaysian Journalism are truly inspiring. They strike a chord in our hearts.
Having said that, I honesty believe that much more should be done to honour Pak Samad. As I said in my article posted a few days ago, Pak Samad lives in the hearts and blood of most journalists. He has that kind of influence on most scribes, young and old, male and female.
Let's start a foundation for Pak Samad, or an institution dedicated to the pursuit of journalistic excellence to give substantial meaning to his legacy. Writing about him, and in rememberance of Pak Samad, is most welcomed. No doubt about that.
Now let's take that higher. I've spoken to a few influential people in and outside journalism. They all like the idea! Wouldn't this be a meaningful way to remember him by, to honour him?
We can start small. We can offer scholarships to students pursuing journalism and/or mass communications. We can even start a Pak Samad School of Journalism to guide and teach talented boys and girls to become probing and devoted journalists, who can stay the course despite whatever challenges or temptations that come their way.
I'll post updates as and when I get something tangible to share. As it is, I'm most encouraged by the support this small idea has generated. If you have ideas to share or suggestions to make, do not hesitate. Write your comments ASAP.
Join me as we seek to honour one of Malaysian journalism's finest and loyal servant.