He passed away on December 6, 1990 and left behind the legacy of independence for Malaysia and freedom to pursue our dreams for a better place under the sun. He was the self-declared "happiest prime minister of the world". (Correction: "happiest prime minister in the world")
Don't think any other Malaysian prime minister can lay claim to that title anymore. One continues to grumble while the other tends to fumble.
More than the man who led us to Independence and cried out Merdeka seven times in Stadium Merdeka on August 31, 1957, Tunku Abdul Rahman was humble and a regular person like us - the typical laid-back Malaysian with a great sense of right and wrong and a penchant for life's pleasures.
Is Malaysia where he thought it would be 50 years after independence?
Were the ideals of the young nation of Malaya metamorphising into Malaysia six years later the same ideals we cherish and pursue?
We wonder! And invite your thoughts on this matter as day turns to night and our thoughts turn to the Tunku and Merdeka.