Friday, August 28, 2009

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Friday's Posting, Special Issue

"The Unexpected Goodbye"


Hi all,

Yesterday, 27 August 2009/6 Ramadhan 1430H, Malaysia lost an invaluable
diamond. The diamond is none other than Y.B. Senator Prof. Datuk Dr.
Ismail Md Salleh, the President of the Malaysian Association for the
Blind, and the first appointed Senator to represent disabled persons in
the country

The following news was extracted from Bernama:

August 27, 2009 19:23 PM

Prof Ismail Suffered Cardiac Arrest In Plane

By Zakaria Abdul Wahab

SINGAPORE, Aug 27 (Bernama) -- Economist Senator Prof Datuk Dr Ismail Md
Salleh who died while on a flight from China to Singapore early today
suffered a cardiac arrest on the plane, said his wife Datin Hasnah Wahab.

Hasnah, who was accompanying him, said her husband was asleep on the seat
next to her on the plane when suddenly his head tilted and came to rest on
her shoulder.

"I noticed he was no longer breathing and when I held his hands they felt
cold," Hasnah told Bernama when met at the Ba'alwie Mosque in Jalan Lewis
here while her husband's remains were being prepared for the funeral.

Hasnah said her husband died in the aircraft at 2.30am, about an hour
before it was due to arrive at Changi Airport.

According to her, Ismail, 61, was in China to attend a meeting involving
his university, International University College of Technology Twintech.

They had left for Beijing on Aug 25 and departed from the Chinese capital
yesterday and were scheduled to arrive in Singapore at 3.45am Thursday.

On arrival, his remains were brought to the Singapore General Hospital for
a post-mortem before being brought to the mosque.

Malaysian High Commission staff in Singapore led by Deputy High
Commissioner Datuk Ahmad Anuar Adnan helped in preparing his remains for

His remains were then brought to the Senai airport in Johor in a van
before being transferred on to a Royal Malaysian Air Force plane to be
transported to the Subang Airport outside Kuala Lumpur.

Hasnah said her husband's remains would be brought to their house at no.
7140, Jalan Melati 2, Sungai Kantan, Fasa 2, Kajang.

According to her, they had been married for 27 years and were blessed with
six children.

She said she was saddened that Ismail would not be around to witness the
first marriage among the children at the end of this year.

"He was really looking forward to this," said Hasnah, adding that three of
the children were already adults while the other three were still in

Ismail made history when he was appointed as the first senator from among
disabled people in Malaysia. Ismail is visually impaired.

He was also deputy director-general of the Institute of Strategic and
International Studies (ISIS), chief executive officer of Twintech Holdings
and Vice Chancellor of International University College of Technology

Ismail was born in Pasir Mas, Kelantan on Sept 2, 1947 and throughout his
life was awarded numerous awards for academic excellence including from
the Guinness Book of Records for becoming the first visually impaired
person in the world to obtain a doctorate degree.

Meanwhile, in KAJANG, Ismail's elder brother, Zakaria Salleh, 64, said his
brother's remains were expected to arrive at 6.30pm and would be buried at
the Sungai Kantan Muslim Cemetery.

He said his brother was his normal self before he left for Beijing on

On Monday, Ismail had gone for his usual dialysis treatment as normal, he

Zakaria has been the "seeing eye" for Ismail and has been his guardian,
personal assistant and driver since the latter was still small.

"It was a promise I made to my mother (that I would always look after
him)," he said.


(He was also the chairperson of the ICEVI of this region).

I, on behalf of the MABCC members, would like to extend our deepest
condolences to Datin Hasnah Wahab, six children and the family members of
the late Senator Datuk Dr. Ismail, and we pray that his soul may rest in

Al-fatihah ...

This posting is dedicated to all of you who cares to read it. I am not
going to fill this posting with a long biography of his, but with an
inspirational story that will sure inspire you. I was, in some way,
inspired by it.

Thank you Datuk! You are a truly inspiring figure. We will miss you!

1. Inspirational Story

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Read on ...

A Final Goodbye
  by: Mark Victor Hansen, A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul

"I am going home to Denmark, Son, and I just wanted to tell you I love you."

In my dad's last telephone call to me, he repeated that line seven times
in a half hour. I wasn't listening at the right level. I heard the words,
but not the message, and certainly not their profound intent. I believed
my dad would live to be over 100 years old, as my great uncle lived to be
107 years old. I had not felt his remorse over Mom's death, understood his
intense loneliness as an "empty nester," or realized most of his pals had
long since light-beamed off the planet. He relentlessly requested my
brothers and I create grandchildren so that he could be a devoted
grandfather. I was too busy "entrepreneuring" to really listen.

"Dad's dead," sighed my brother Brian on July 4, 1982.

My little brother is a witty lawyer and has a humorous, quick mind. I
thought he was setting me up for a joke, and I awaited the punchline -
there wasn't one. "Dad died in the bed he was born in - in Rozkeldj,"
continued Brian. "The funeral directors are putting him in a coffin, and
shipping Dad and his belongings to us tomorrow. We need to prepare for the

I was speechless. This isn't the way it's supposed to happen. If I knew
these were to be Dad's final days, I would have asked to go with him to
Denmark. I believe in the hospice movement, which says: "No one should die
alone." A loved one should hold your hand and comfort you as you
transition from one plane of reality to another. I would have offered
consolation during his final hour, if I'd been really listening, thinking
and in tune with the Infinite. Dad announced his departure as best he
could, and I had missed it. I felt grief, pain and remorse, Why had I not
been there for him? He'd always been there for me.

In the mornings when I was nine years old, he would come home from working
18 hours at his bakery and wake me up at 5:00 A.M. by scratching my back
with his strong powerful hands and whispering, "Time to get up, Son." By
the time I was dressed and ready to roll, he had my newspapers folded,
banded and stuffed in my bicycle basket. Recalling his generosity of
spirit brings tears to my eyes.

When I was racing bicycles, he drove me 50 miles each way to Kenosha,
Wisconsin, every Tuesday night so I could race and he could watch me. He
was there to hold me if I lost and shared the euphoria when I won.

Later, he accompanied me to all my local talks in Chicago when I spoke to
Century 21, Mary Kay, Equitable and various churches. He always smiled,
listened and proudly told whomever he was sitting with, "That's my boy!"

After the fact, my heart was in pain because Dad was there for me and I
wasn't there for him. My humble advice is to always, always share your
love with your loved ones, and ask to be invited to that sacred
transitional period where physical life transforms into spiritual life.
Experiencing the process of death with one you love will take you into a
bigger, more expansive dimension of beingness.

2. Short Break ...

"Time rushes towards us with its hospital tray of infinitely varied
narcotics, even while it is preparing us for its inevitably fatal

- Tennessee Williams, "The Rose Tattoo"

"Gaily I lived as ease and nature taught,
And spent my little life without a thought,
And am amazed that Death, that tyrant grim,
Should think of me, who never thought of him."

- René Francois Regnier

3. Elsewhere

Note: if you have any announcements to make, or something very useful to
share with others, please E-mail them to I will be more
than happy to include them in my posting.

Since the announcements that I have in store looks out of place in this
posting, I will include them in my next posting.

For now, allow me to share a nice song with you. It's called "final
goodbye" by Rihanna. Download the song in MP3 format by clicking or
pressing enter on one of the URLs below:
(low quality, 2.97 MB); or
(high quality, 4.45 MB)

Read the lyric by clicking the following URL:
(Screen reader users, look for the frame to read the lyric)

*Other posting(s)*

"From My Tech Vault" (will be back next month): a monthly posting that
covers everything technology, from watches, vending machines, robots, to
the supercomputer race. Subscribe now to the TrainersCorner discussion
Group to receive the  posting. Visit

That's all for this week. Hope to see you again next Friday.

Regards, Fadzlin Hiezrie Abdul Rahman.

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