It brought out much sadness when pakdokter received an SMS this morning from fellow STAROBA 69 batchmate, Samat Moain, that one of pakdokter's fellow batch-mate in STAR passed away today. Abdullah Zawawi Md Nor, from Kelantan, joined STAR, together with pakdokter in 1964. He reportedly succumbed to cancer of the liver.
In pakdokter's memory, Abdullah was a very quiet but hardworking boy. Pakdokter remembers him as always coming to class every Sunday morning after the hostel inspection, to do our homework or revise our lessons. The two of us were usually the earliest to go to the classroom of the Remove Class A which was located at the top floor of the main school block. Pakdokter suffered terrible homesickness and would look over the window across the field into the horizon, imagining pakdokter could view pakdokter's family back home. ( pakdokter had intimated about this recollection in some of pakdokter's earlier posts in this blog- look up the blog-post on Monday, July 19, 2010). And pakdokter, at times, were choked with the emotions of 'homesickness'. If pakdokter's memory is correct, Abdullah had shared similar feelings and had appeared to pakdokter to be also infected by pakdokter and became overcomed by his own feelings.
If only pakdokter had the chance to verify this fact with Abdullah at our planned 60th year Reunion this coming May in Kelantan, for which Abdullah was recently roped in by his Kelantan colleagues into the organising comittee.
Pakdokter never really got to know him well but he was a constant quiet hardworker. Again, if pakdokter's memory is right, he went on to finish 6th Form and entered the University of Malaya? to pursue a Science degree. What he did after that, pakdokter had the faintest of an idea.
We both went our seperate ways, caught up with our own lives. But to pakdokter, Abdullah remained that classmate during Form Remove A in 1964 who shared pakdokter's agony of greatly missing pakdokter's family.
To Abdullah's family, this is a record of pakdokter's condolence. May his soul rest in peace.