Ahmad Nor – a far-sighted and visionary leader
- Ahmad Nor Memorial Night
by Kerk Kim Hock
and gentlemen, comrades and friends, thank you for being here tonight to pay
tribute to the late Sdr Ahmad Nor---symbol of Bangsa Malaysia.
It has been slightly over a month since the demise of Sdr. Ahmad Nor, a
well-loved and respected DAP leader. Undoubtedly, the passing of Ahmad Nor
is a loss deeply felt by all who know him, his family members who are with
us tonight, his comrades and friends , both within and outside the DAP.
Ahmad Nor was truly a far-sighted and visionary leader. This is clearly
evident right from his days with the CUEPACS and subsequently, his political
involvement with the DAP. His exemplary leadership qualities saw him being
elected as one of the party’s vice-chairmen many times with high votes.
Ahmad Nor had a friendly and likeable personality, besides
being a powerful communicator who impressed his audience from different
races. In fact, I can remember that Ahmad Nor was always a popular speaker
for branch dinners simply due to his ability to impart his political
messages with his simple yet powerful way of delivery.
He did not shy away from controversy and was not afraid to speak out on
issues of democracy, justice and human rights. Thus, he was able to
contribute positively not just to the party but also to nation building.
Inside the Party, Ahmad Nor had always shown his readiness to speak his
mind. But as a disciplined person, he always proved that he was also a
dedicated team player.
Ahmad Nor gave a Malay face to the DAP which was sorely lacking. Apart from
being a top Malay leader in the party, he was also the first Malay leader of
the DAP who was elected as a Member of Parliament. This significant
milestone was recorded in the 1990 general election when he won the Bayan
Baru parliamentary seat.
As a cancer patient myself, I certainly understand and empathize with the
pain and agony that Ahmad Nor’s wife and family had gone through when he was
stricken with lung cancer. His demise is a loss for sure but I believe they
can rest in the comfort that Ahmad Nor’s life has been a well-lived one.
Indeed, Sdr. Ahmad Nor will always be fondly remembered for his many years
of tireless contributions as well as for his comradeship.
Let me end by saying that although Ahamd Nor was not able to
see his dream of a truly united , progressive , equal and just Malaysia come
true before his demise, his sacrifices have strengthened the foundations of
the battle to achieve such a dream.
His exemplary life will be a source of inspiration to all of us,
particularly the younger generation, to strive harder for the Malaysian
* Kerk Kim Hock,
DAP Secretary General & MP for Kota