8/9/2017 (ed.10/9/17) Joining the Civil Service. I joined the Malaysian Civil Service in early 1970. It was during the time of Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. The Chief Secretary to the Government was then Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Shamsuddin. This was the beginning of my long career in public service at … Continue reading Joining the Civil Service, 1970.
Education Talk. I have three children: sons Imran and Aiman, and daughter Syahirah. My eldest son, Imran attended boarding school in Malaysia but on the long school holidays he would join the family in Jeddah. When the children were growing up we always had our family meal at the kitchen dining table, while the family … Continue reading Family Emblem
Quran Reading Lessons. My day as a child in the 1950s was quite routine. In the morning, like most children, I went to a government school. At around 12.30pm the morning session of school would end and everybody would go home. I was fortunate never to have attended schooling in the afternoon session. The Government … Continue reading Quran Reading Lessons.
29/9/2017. Appointment as State Financial Officer. In February 1991 I was appointed as the State Financial Officer of Perak. I was transferred from the Federal Treasury, Kuala Lumpur to the State Finance Office in Ipoh, Perak. I was to be the eleventh State Financial Officer of Perak. The first State Financial Officer of Perak was Mr. H.J.A. Cassidy, appointed … Continue reading An Officer at Perak State, 1991 – 1993.
About me My name is Syed Jaafar Aznan. I was born in Parit Buntar, Perak in 1947. My father was a 'Penghulu' from the pre "merdeka" time. The nature of his job took the family to live in various villages and small towns in Perak. Some of the places where we lived had … Continue reading Introduction
*This article is an edited translation of the original article titled “Istiadat Menjunjung Duli” written in Malay on 7/12/2013. In front of the Singgahsana (the Throne), at Istana Iskandariah, Kuala Kangsar, Perak, 19 April 2010. The “Istiadat Menjunjung Duli” in the state of Perak is a royal tradition in the court of Malay … Continue reading Menjunjung Duli – A loyalty pledge to the King.
It was long ago in late summer of 1978 when I stopped smoking cigarettes. I was then a post-graduate student at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. I had my last cigarette at my student apartment in Graduate Towers, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. If you ask me now whether I had a secret formula that … Continue reading A Smoking Experience.