I myself only met him one time only when he organized lunch for us just after AHS and I got married. Little did I know then, that he would lapse into the illness he was suffering from and he never recovered. Little did I know too, that he touched so many people's lives and how people could (and should) learn from the ethics that he lived by. He was, though jovial and ever smiling, a n0-nonsense person when it came to work and when it came to justice. Even before his death I had heard many talking very well of him, the meticulous person that he was, on top of being an efficient judge.
Reading the messages in the programme book, I came across this quotation by the late Tan Sri, which made me reflect upon myself, "...It has also been said that a kind and patient man who was not a profound lawyer might make a far better judge than an ill-tempered genius." I must say that it applies to all, not just to judges.
I wondered, during the ceremony, how I would be remembered by those I have met in my lifetime. I smiled ruefully. For AHS, I have had his friends telling me (beyond AHS' earshot) that I am a lucky person to be married to him; 'He's a friend you'll never forget', 'he's really a nice person, take good care of him' and 'jaga dia ni baik-baik, susah cari orang macam dia'. I agree with them.
Anyway, it was the kind of ceremony I like: brisk, straight to the point (with relevant and good speeches) and on time.
A quote from the Acting President Malaysia Inner Temple Alumni Association, who quoted (with adaptation) W.B. Yeats;
"Earth, receive an honest guest,
Abdul Malek bin Ahmad is laid to rest."