GEORGE TOWN: Any mention of S. M. Mohamed Idris (pix) will conjure up his performance in a black songko, sarong and a white whore, as well as his cult beard.
Many looked at him as a champion of consumers and the environment because they were loud with criticism and views on these issues.
Unfortunately, yesterday, at 5 pm, the nation lost this very cultural personality that was not only known in Malaysia, but also in the international arena.
Domestic Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail described the death of the President of the Consumer Association Penang as a major loss to the country and its status was irreplaceable.
"Uncle SM Idris is a great name and institution. It is synonymous with environmental sustainability, healthy food, marginalized protectors, consumers' rights and country's defense attorney in world trade.
"It is certainly a great loss for a nation and a man that would be difficult to replace. Mohamed is a figure and an institution itself through its struggles for its ideals. I expressed my deepest sympathies to his family in the name of me and PKR, "he told reporters after paying the last night of Mohamed Idris at his residence.
Saifuddin Nasution said after taking office in KPDNHEP, he visited Mohammad Idris three times to discuss issues related to consumer and environmental issues, and met for the last time in January.
According to him, every time he went to his house, he would come back with a full stomach, as Mohammed was a great host, especially with his own brits.
Former Prime Minister Penang Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon, who was also present to pay his last respects, said he knew Mohammed much before becoming prime minister.
"I'm very sad because we lost a well-known leader in the world who fought for consumers and the environment. In fact, I was with him in CAP as a member of the Council since 1976, after I started working for Universita Sains Malaysia.
"I am very happy to have fought a leader who is so determined and he is a real Malaysian, not only for the country but also for the environment. As such, I will always cultivate my experience with him, "he said.
Koh as the Chief Minister said that Mohamed Idris was also critical whenever he saw something was wrong.
Minister of the Prime Minister's Office, Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa, said that the passage of Mohammad Idris was very sad while the country lost the icon of the nation and international arena.
"I personally knew him as a Penangite and as a young politician. He gave me advice and criticized my files to improve them. I went to his house for a personal invitation to have dinner with him with his favorite brits, "he said.
A Bernama Observation at the residence of the deceased icon saw the constant flow of people from different environments and races who came to pay last respect.
Mohamed Idris, 92, died in a medical center in Gleneagles (GMC), here at 5pm due to age.
His body will be laid at the Jalan Perak Muslim cemetery at 10 am tomorrow. – Bernama