Sunday 2 September 2012
A week ago, a good neighbour, a kind friend, an academic par excellence from UTM, and a much respected lecturer finally succumbed, after a brave fight with the two cancers that ravaged this anak dan harapan bangsa.
During his 52 years he had worked hard and achieved so much in his field : Intelligent Control Systems - much, much more than a lot of academics who live to a ripe old age.
Such was his strength and determination: ........ to quote Rudyard Kipling ....
If you can force your heart and nerves and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them, "Hold on!''
.... that he was able to celebrate this Hari Raya with his family.
Professor Datuk Dr Marzuki bin Khalid was lovingly cared for by his devoted wife Professor Datin Dr Rubiyah and the family at his home in Setiawangsa. I'd like to think that visits by neighbours, friends and family helped to sustain him and the immediate family during this painful period. However ....
Betapa berat mata memandang, berat lagi bahu memikul.
We will always remember the smile on his face when Iain mentioned about arwah spending Hari Raya with the family.
I have strenuously indicated the various titles attached to this modest couple because to their neighbours and to Osman and Aisha the road sweepers, they asked to be called simply Marzuki and Rubiyah or Abang Marzuki and Kak Rubi to others.
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
He hardly ever talked about his achievements and we only learned about them from the internet. Marzuki was the proverbial 'padi': "makin tunduk, makin berisi."
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
Marzuki, you asked us to doa for you during your illness. We shall carry on doing so even though you are gone. We shall never forget you - a rare breed - A Malay Gentleman.