Pioneer in formation of Malaysian cultural identity


THE demise of Mohammed Razali Wong Phui Nam (pic) on Sept 27, 2022 marks the onset of a new era of the true Malaysian identity, which must show the world what it means to be a country free of bigotry and a shining example of racial harmony among diverse ethnic groups.

When Phui Nam and I met in Victoria Institution in 1947, we were both victims of wartime malnutrition. Despite being 14 years old, I weighed only about 29kg. Phui Nam was even smaller, barely 18kg, and his voice had not broken yet.

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