Monday, April 5, 2010
K Bala is no more with us
A DEAR old friend and colleague, K Bala, has died. He must be in his 60s. Another colleague, Tony F, sent me an SMS awhile ago to inform me of the sad news. I've known Bala from the time I started my career in Bernama in 1972. Bala was based in JB then. This chain-smoking journalist had also served The Malay Mail and the NST before retiring some years ago. He's one of my fishing kakis. We did many things together. I remember the wedding of his daughter which was held in Tampin. It was a Hindu wedding but the reception was a full-scale Malay wedding with bersanding and all... His wife died a few years ago in Subang Jaya. Tony F said the body will be brought back to KL from Langkawi where he stayed. I've visited him in his Langkawi home and watched football together. Many journalists benefited from Bala's tough tutelage. He was so full of ideas. He would come in early morning and go through all the day's newspapers, with scissors in hand as he planned follow-ups and dish out assignments. Bala was one of the true journalists of my time. He writes crisply, with an economy of words acquired from years of working on the craft in Bernama. May you rest in peace, my dear brother. We will all miss you.