An Eulogy to Arwah Zin Dahari (my bosom Buddy)

By Capt. Abdul Aziz Abdullah (Ahmad House, Class of ’71)

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We first met in 1967, at ground floor of Prep School quite enliven;
In the Malay College Kuala Kangsar-so relevant, Ahmad House – the magnificent;
He from Bentong-quite a haven, I from Penang-a city proven;
We hit it off as brethren, jovial and happy on all occasion!

A happy-go-lucky guy, with an infectious smile;
Liked by many allies, a wee bit mischievous and wry;
We were together for a while, till I migrated to the RMC in Form 4 prior July;
The 3-years bonding had amplified, our brotherhood, oh, so well codified!

We met again after 1984, upon my return to shore;
At our Batch gatherings ne’er a bore, he, a live wire at the fore;
He always had time for me to score, with witty remarks and fun-galore;
Taking snaps for socmed was his chore, enjoying while at it some more!

He was active in MCOB Association, highly regarded across batches in unison;
Stirring debates across sections, formed cooperative with a passion;
Took part in skits during annual dinner occasions, instrumental in centenary celebrations;
Enjoyed his life to its fullest duration, all the time smiling with affection!

Early 2020 came news so shocking, “Zin has only 3-months to live” – oh, so devastating;
The liver cancer was taking its toll so excruciating, despite treatments so indulging;
Paid him a visit to provide emotional supporting, he was his usual self – pretty engaging;
Met him at Durian Party by Batch Mates caring, enjoyed his company-such a darling!

Some claim he’s intellectual, others say he’s philosophical;
A few ascribed him rabble-rouser label, idiosyncratic and unconventional;
Batch Mates declare him affable, very chummy and sociable;
I dare declare him kin personal, gem of a person, oh, what a marvel!

Farewell my brother, of different mothers;
I couldn’t accord final send-off proper, due current lockdown order;
May you be granted blessings and succour, by Allah SWT, the Creator;
You will surely be missed my dear, but will remain in our thoughts forever!

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