About me My name is Syed Jaafar Aznan. I was born in Parit Buntar, Perak in 1947. My father was a 'Penghulu' and 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 no piped water supply … 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.
I have three children: sons Imran and Aiman, and daughter Syahirah. When they were growing up we always had our family meal at the kitchen dining table, while the family was in Jeddah and also here in Kuala Lumpur. I always encouraged my children to engage in an intellectual discussion during meal time. My daughter, … Continue reading Family Emblem
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.
In February 1991 I was transferred from Kuala Lumpur to Ipoh, Perak and appointed as the Pegawai Kewangan Negeri or State Financial Officer of 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 in 1958. For 22 years since 1970 I had been … Continue reading A Taste of Authority
Joining the Civil Service In early 1970 I joined the civil service of Malaysia. It was the beginning of a long career in public service at the state, federal and international levels, until my retirement from full-time employment in 2009. In 1970 I was only 22 years old. I had just completed my three year … Continue reading Past Wisdom, Old Values!
In a normal weekday formal schooling and the afternoon mengaji lessons would take up to around 4pm. There would then be house chores and errands to do. After that, and during weekends and school holidays I had a lot of free time. Like most of my friends in the 1950s we were active children and … Continue reading Childhood Pastimes in the 1950s