We fondly remember Pak Said Zahari who passed away on 12 April 2016. He never failed to greet us with his hearty laughter and warm smiles whenever we met him. Despite his illness, he was always cheerful, and an inspiration to all of us.
Pak Said was truly a nationalist. As editor of Utusan Melayu, he fought for press freedom and was imprisoned for 17 years without trial. A writer and poet, his poems were smuggled out of prison and published, earning him an even longer period of detention. He carried on his fight for our freedom after his release, publishing Dark Clouds at Dawn: A Political Memoir in 2001.
Pak Said, they branded you “anti-national”. But we know you as the quintessential nationalist.