Birthday party doubles as book launch

  • Nation
  • Monday, 11 Jul 2005

KUCHING: It was double joy at former state secretary Datuk Abang Yusuf Puteh's 70th birthday bash here on Saturday night, as he launched his new book - A Profile of Sarawak Malays. 

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris commissioned the 527-page book, which was unveiled by former chief minister Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub.  

Abang Yusuf’s first photography book - Women of Sarawak - a collection of 200 pictures of women from various ethnic groups, including the Penans, was also launched simultaneously. 

OLD FRIENDS: Rahman (left), Hanif (second from left), Bong (second from right) and Abang Yusuf (right) sharing a joke at the birthday party in Kuching Sunday.

“My first book was on Malay marriage customs while several others were on the Malay culture and politics as well as the problems faced by the Malays (in Sarawak),” said the author. 

Among those who attended the party were his university classmate and former Inspector-General of Police Tun Hanif Omar, former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Harris Salleh, former Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar James Wong Kim Min and Datuk Daniel Tajem and ex-communist head Bong Kee Chok. 

Bong led some 500 communist terrorists to lay down their weapons in 1974 during the period when Rahman was Chief Minister, Hanif, the IGP, and Abang Yusuf, the State Secretary.  

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