Belasungkawa – Dato’ Faidz Mohd Darus

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The inevitable is no less a shock just because it is inevitable. Isn’t it the inevitability of death that gives life its meaning and purpose?

On Thursday 4th July, the various MCOBA related WhatsApp Groups were buzzed about the happenings at Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) when streams of visitors converged to visit a prominent old boy of the MCKK who has been placed in Block B, Level 1, HDU (High Dependency Unit) Room 3.

Dato’ Faidz aka Fayed Mohd Darus (C’59), or fondly known as Abang Yed, the former Deputy President of MCOBA (2008-2012) and several terms as JPM member has been interned in IJN for a month and last week his condition took a turn for the worst.

Then at about 11.30 pm the investable news came “Our Beloved Bro Dato’ Faidz just passed away a few minutes ago.”

Innalillahi waina ilaihirajion.

May Allah, place him among the people you favour, the righteous, the solihin.

Allah S.W.T took him on a Friday night, we know you love him more…bless him, Ya Allah! Ya Rahman Ya Rahim…

So sad. He’s been like an institution in MCOBA, a most kind person and an ‘Uncle’ to all.

I’m saddened by the news, especially a dear friend like him. I have known Dato’ Faidz since forever even when I was still in college. It seems he is always around and always dependable when it came to the activities of MCOBA or MCKK. I got the chance to know him better when I was involved in the activities of MCOBA, around college and Kuala Kangsar, and Dato’ Faidz got me involved as well.

When he was elected uncontested as the Deputy President of MCOBA on July 2008, I got to know him even better as our involvement in the MCOBA Annual Dinner and the Save the Prep School project during his tenure of which he was the chairman of the organising committee. During the Annual MCOBA Dinners of 2010 and 2011, he took me under his wings to organise the Concert shows together with his nephew, Azman Yusof (C’70).

Abang Man and me would refer to him as ‘Your Uncle-lah’. He would asked Abang Man to chauffeur him from his house in Country Heights, Kajang to night practices of the Bargreaves Ballerz .

When he contested for the post of President of MCOBA in 2012, he lost in the contest amongst 3 contenders. His love for MCOBA knows no bounds as he is always there when you do really expect him to be.

We remained in touch and have been communicating by phone and WhatsApp on many issues. He would tell that that he was following my activities on Facebook. He would give kindly advice like asking to write a book of the food places that I have been, enquiring about the happenings in MCOBA, etc.

He was a very kind, genteel person and was nice to everyone. He will be missed. He died aged 76 years 7 months and leaves behind 2 wives and several children and grandchildren. He leaves many brothers in the MCOBs fraternity. May Allah accepts all his deeds and place him in the highest Jannah.

Abang Yed or Frankie to his batchmates from the Class of ’59 (Bendaharas), Idris House, former member of MCKK Board of Governers, was born on 1st December 1942 in Derga, Alor Star, Kedah, the son of the illustrious Pak Darus, the Inspector of Kedah Schools in the 50’s. He entered Prep School MCKK in 1955 and later went to the University of Singapore to do law. He had an illustrious career in the judiciary service but I shall always remember him as having an illustrious ‘career’ in MCOBA for his services above self.

It is indeed a sad farewell to the our debonair, suave, congenial and brotherly Kedahan aristocrat known as Abang Yed, truly an epitome of Fiat Sapientia Virtus. Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.

May you return well, dear Abang Yed, brother Dato’ Faidz aka Fayed Mohd Darus (C’59), and be accepted in Allah’s rahmah and be placed amongst the Righteous.

إِنَّا للهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ‎‎

اَللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْهُ وَعَافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْهُ، وَأَكْرِمْ نُزُلَهُ، وَوَسِّعْ مَدْخَلَهُ، وَاغْسِلْهُ بِالْمَاءِ وَالثَّلْجِ وَالْبَرَدِ، وَنَقِّهِ مِنَ الْخَطَايَا كَمَا نَقَّيْتَ الثَّوْبَ اْلأَبْيَضَ مِنَ الدَّنَسِ، وَأَبْدِلْهُ دَارًا خَيْرًا مِنْ دَارِهِ، وَأَهْلاً خَيْرًا مِنْ أَهْلِهِ، وَزَوْجًا خَيْرًا مِنْ زَوْجِهِ، وَأَدْخِلْهُ الْجَنَّةَ، وَأَعِذْهُ مِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَعَذَابِ النَّارِ

My deepest condolences to his family.

He has carved his name on our hearts, not on his tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about him. He shall be remembered for the success in his profession and more pertinently, the toil and volunteerism he had given to MCOBA. He shall always be remembered well, as the elderly Abang as he always addressed himself, but more so readily an uncle to all…a respected beloved ‘family’ member. We bid you farewell and May you rest well in eternal peace.


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