updated: Pak Lah officiated at the late-tea launch of the book, which was attended by quite a few captains of industry and corporate leaders, including Khazanah's Amok, Jamal of TM International, Hassan Merican, who played host, and ministry sec-gens and former sec-gens.
I was attracted by the tribute to the late Azizan by his childhood friend Omar Hashim, especially the part about "defending Petronas from the predators". Omar said Petronas is proud symbol of the ability of the Bumiputeras to make it big in the international corporate arena.
Original post:The giant who led a giant. Back then we had difficulty deciding who was bigger: Azizan or Petronas. Oil prices were below US$20 per barrel and several of us, young journos, including Leslie Lopez (now Straits Times Singapore) and I, were competing with one another to specialize in the oil industry for Business Times, then Malaysia's only financial daily.
Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin
by Azam Aris
RM100 [hard cover]
Crestime Holding/Utusan Publications and Distributors
Available NOW at all leading bookstores
But Azizan took a liking for Azam and gave him many exclusives. And this biography, The Quintessential Man, is the biggest scoop yet.
What Azam has given us is not just a story of one of the most important architects of modern Malaysia but the story about this Land itself, from Francis Light (twho Azam describes as a conman who founded Penang on deceit and lies) to Putrajaya ["a city that both of us planned and one which he (Azizan) turned into reality" - Dr Mahathir].