ONE of the famous stories about the late Pak Samad was when he 'discouraged' Malaysia's most-illustrated cartoonist, Lat, from resigning from the NST. The story goes that Lat had written in saying he wanted to quit his reporter's job and move on to 'greener pastures.'
When the letter got to Pak Samad, he scribbled one of hs famous 'expletive deleted' and passed it back to Lat. That, apparenly, was the last of Lat's thoughts of quiting the newspaper. Lat went on to become our most-loved cartoonist as he won fame and glory.
Many people remember Pak Samad in their own and different ways. The Press Forum of Asia, once known as the Press Foundation of Asia, this morning unveiled its plan to set up the The A Samad Ismail Foundation and School of Journalism.
I first mentioned this in my blog a few days after Pak Samad died in early Ramadhan. This morning, I took the idea a step forward at a Press Conference held at Wisma Bernama. Now that the announcement has been made public, I must really work hard to get it off the ground as soon as possible.
The PFA has moved from Manila to Kuala Lumpur and is now re-establishing itself as a media activist in this part of the world. The proposed Foundation intends to work with other like-minded media bodies, including universities and literary associations.
Pak Samad wasn't just an extraodinary journalist and editor. He was also a novelist and story-teller, producing numerous books on journalism and work of fiction. This foundation intends to bridge Pak Samad's contributions from both worlds.
Since this most famous son of Malaysian journalism was also well-known in other parts of Asia, the foundation intends to work with other media-related bodies in Indonesia, Thaland, the Phillippines, Singapore and elsewhere.
We hope to offer scholarships to worthy students of journalsm, especially the practitioners of the craft which Pak Samad so dearly loved and served. Apart from courses to be taught by seasoned journalists in and around Asia, the foundation also hope to offer fellowships to deserving scribes, bloggers and promoters of news portals.
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