EARLY this morning, I received a rather sad news. A devastating one, actually. Johari Shawal passed-away due to the illness suspected to be tuberculosis at 8am, while warded at the Hospital Pakar Sultanah Fatimah, Muar in Johore Hospital. He is buried at his family's hometown in Muar at 6pm this afternoon, next to his father's.
A good friend, an office mate (he was our Chief Bureau in Perlis since Jan 2007) and someone who is remembered most for his cheerfulness, happy-go-lucky and loves his golf. He has been a sport writer for awhile prior to his promotion to Perlis. He joined Utusan in 1993 and assigned to the Crime Desk, Motoring and Sport's desk.
He also used to write about automotive and we even exchanged our respective test-cars, according to our needs... He also play football for the Utusan's club. Some one whom I can trust to deliver ( I was the manager!).
The dreaded disease, believed to have been contracted by Johari while he was in Perlis since November 2008. He was warded there last month. He was allowed to resume his medication at his hometown in Muar and today he's gone. He was 41 years old, survived by a wife and 4 children.
Thank you Rizal of http://rizalhashim.blogspot.com/ for helping me in informing the rest of the sport writers community. I know both of you were good friends too. I believed Johari was the one who introduce you to me during one of my trip to the football matches in the 90's.
He's family address is : No. 228, Jalan Chenderawasih 18, Kampung Kenangan Tun Dr. Ismail 5 Selatan, Sungai Abong, Muar, Johor.
Condolences can be send via his sister, Miss Nor Senita 017-875 6699
For those who knew him, please give him a prayer and Al-Fatihah.
So Long brother. Allah will blessed you, Insyallah.
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