Journalist Rehman Rashid laid to rest

Rehman-RashidKUALA LUMPUR: The remains of veteran writer and journalist Rehman Rashid, 62, were buried at the Kuala Kubu Road Muslim Cemetery here at 2.30pm today.

Earlier, his body was taken from the Selayang Hospital to Masjid Jamek Ar Rahimah, Kuala Kubu Bharu, for the final funeral rites. Family members, friends and fans were present at the mosque and cemetery.

According to his brother, Rafique, 59, Rehman, who suffered a heart attack in January, died from pneumonia at 6.30am today at the Selayang Hospital.

“Initially, he (Rehman) had a lung infection. Because of that problem, there wasn’t enough oxygen coming from his lungs and it affected his heart too.

“Nevertheless, he was getting better day by day. The doctor even said he had shown positive signs. However, this morning, his condition became critical,” said Rafique.

He added that the family hoped Rehman would be remembered as someone who truly loved the country and its history.

“He had a great love for his country, he wanted Malaysians to learn about its history. He believed everyone should read more literature and write their own story so that we can understand each other better,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rehman’s former colleague at the New Straits Times, Fatimah Abu Bakar, who is also an actress, said Rehman was a person with a deep interest in writing.

“I was attached to the features desk, he at the newsdesk, but we were very close because he was my former housemate.

“He was a guy who was passionate about the written word. A wonderful wordsmith, he worked magic with words even though he was a qualified marine biologist,” she said.

Rehman worked at The New Straits Times as associate editor and columnist. He also worked with Asiaweek in Hong Kong.

He wrote several books including Peninsula: A Story of Malaysia and A Malaysian Journey. In 1985, he received the Journalist of the Year award from the Malaysian Press Institute.