PETALING JAYA: "No one has written about my life story, do it quickly before I die" – those were the last words uttered by TV personality Datuk Mahadzir Lokman, who seemed to have had a premonition of his death.
The Star's Malay-language portal mStar reported Berita Harian women's desk editor Jami'ah Sokri as saying that those were the words uttered by Mahadzir a week before he passed away.
"We just met three weeks ago. He was very friendly.
"When he asked me to quickly write about his life story, I did not think about Dale's pain or even his impending death, as he seemed so happy when he spoke on various topics," she said.
Jami'ah said she was interested in writing the life story of Mahadzir, fondly known as Datuk Dale, after she saw pictures from his time working as a broadcast journalist at his home.
"Last Friday, Dale invited me and a few of my friends over for dinner at his place.
"When I was there, I saw that the space below the staircase was full of photographs of his time as a broadcast journalist with TV3.
"Many times he said he was the first broadcast journalist in TV3. From there, I became interested in writing about his life story," she added.
Mahadzir, who was 61, passed away in a hotel in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah on Friday (Aug 3) morning.
Jami'ah said she did not expect that her meeting with Mahadzir was going to be the last, adding that when she last saw him, he didn't look well.
"He did looked sick and weak. But he did not talked about his pain.
"I only saw that he was still wearing his hospital band because he was still undergoing treatment," she said.
Jami'ah said Mahadzir called her on July 30 and told her he was going to Sabah to meet with Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal.
"He called, and we chatted for more than an hour. He said he had a meeting with the Chief Minister. I then suggested an interview with him after he returned from Sabah," she said.
Jami'ah explained that she had first met Mahadzir only few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, mStar reported that Mahadzir's good friend, Farel Gafar, had expressed shock on his Instagram page upon hearing the sad news.
Yah Allah terkejut Sangat dengan kaber berita ni , masih tidak bole terima hakikat lagi , perginya seorang sahabat rapat baik aku sedihnya sebak sangat Baru jer jumpa 3 hari lepas sebelom beliau pergi kk, Al-fatihah buat sabahat baik aku Baru saje menghempuskan nafas pagi tadi di kota kinabalu... .. marilah kita sama-sama sedekahkan alfatihah buat Dato mahadir lokman.. semoga beliau diletakkan ditempat orang-orang beriman... amin #alfatihah #salamjumaat
When contacted by mStar, Farel, said that he met up with Mahadzir three days ago.
"We were supposed to go for a fashion show, but instead we hung out at his house in Petaling Jaya from 5pm to 9pm.
"There were no weird signs and he acted really normal. It's just that recently, he always invited me to hang out at his place.
"Before I went home, I dropped him off at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) because he had a health check-up there the day before he left for Kota Kinabalu," said the 31-year-old.
Farel said he was lost for words and almost fainted when he received the bad news.
"I will forever remember his advice on friendship. He said when we make friends, we have to be honest, sincere and not talk behind people's back.
Last year, Mahadzir was admitted into the UMMC Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after suffering from kidney and lung complication.Mahadzir was laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery on Saturday (Aug 4) morning.