The untimely demise of Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Salahuddin Ayub came as a shock to many.
His untimely passing is a genuine loss to the nation. Only 61, the late politician was well known and respected for his principles.
I should know too, for he was in my media training class way back during the time of the iconic late ‘Tok Guru’ Nik Aziz Nik Mat.
A sharp and alert, composed and soft-spoken but firm man, Salahuddin drew my immediate attention in that class, and I rated him as a promising politician.
In these times, when we see several unprincipled, ambitious, rogue politicians who have no sense of guilt in exploiting race, religion and the royal institution to secure power and amass jaw-dropping wealth, the late Salahuddin stood out for his willingness to go against the tide.
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May his soul rest in peace and hopefully, the people of Malaysia and especially the Madani-driven “unity government” will accord him a timely honour.