Alfatihah. Azhar and I graduated from a "boot camp" organised by the NSTP at Seri Pena in Port Dickson in 1993. We didn't pass with flying colors but we graduated, nonetheless. And we had fun. He was with TV3 then.
We last spoke sometime after the March 8th general election. I asked him if the Prime Minister's Department would like to keep bloggers in the loop about stuff like press statements by the PM, etc. He laughed when I said we were now in a blogger-friendly country. He said he would be happy to assist.
I was told later the cancer just won't go away, that Azhar was constantly fighting it.
I was on the road back from Terengganu yesterday when I heard of his passing on the radio. He was 48.