Lulu got notification on the next PayLessBooks Warehouse sale 2 days ago.
Lulu is a cheap book connoisseuir, and thinks that PayLessBooks is one of the best things that happened to Malaysia reading scene. They have made books so affordable to us.
Thanks to them, I've the whole collection of John Grisham, Jeffrey Archer and Mary Higgins Clarke.
Lulu used to see greyish-white jangguted Fidel Castroish man at these sales. He'd buy stacks and stacks of books. Not fluff like Lulu's. Mainly literature and history. The PayLess people used to prepare boxes for him to out the books in. Lulu recognised him as one of the intellectual greats in our country - Dr Syed Hussein AlAttas.
Once, Lulu tried to "imitate" his choice of books cos who knows, maybe by reading his sort of books, Lulu could be less a lulu. Trying not to look to obvious, Lulu followed him and watched as he selected his books. Aiyoh... very chim-la, his books. Lulu can't even recall the titles cos too chim and beyond Lulu's comprehension. Needless to say, Operation Imitate was aborted. Imitations, be it watches, handbags, intellects, government or PMs, may aspire to be the real stuff, but greatness is truly beyond them.
The avid bookreader, Syed Hussein passed away yesterday
Lulu knew of his as an intellect and a former VC of her alumni, the THES#2 university in Malaysia.
Then reading some of his orbituary, Lulu found out that he was the founding president of Gerakan. Do a google search on him, and you'll discover that he did believe in a Bangsa Malaysia even then.
This also reflected in his tenure as VC in UM.
To quote uncle Kit, Malaysia is very much poorer with the passing of Syed Hussein.