Wednesday, May 07, 2008


I am now reading Mencari Jalan Pulang -- Daripada Sosialisme kepada Islam by Kassim Ahmad.


Yes, THE Pak Kassim, the writer of the controversial 'Hadis -- Satu Penilaian Semula'.

The book is about his rich colourful life.

Pak Kassim was born in Kedah.

He studied at University Malaya in Singapore in the 50s.

After that, he taught at The School of Oriental & African Studies in London in the 60s.

He was the Chairman of Parti Sosialis Rakyat Malasia for 18 years from 1966 to 1984.

The storytelling is interesting -- very personal -- a good way for the young generation to understand a bit of Malaysian history.

I find the stories about his family, upbringing, student days, socialism and understanding Islam 'again' very refreshing.

But one pre-requisite -- don't be judgemental.

The man is entitled to tell his story.