With Enough Optimism, Success Will Come

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Having suffered his share, state executive councillor Abdul Malik knows to keep his eyes on the light at the end of the tunnel.

It must be strange for Datuk Abdul Malik Abul Kassim, 62, to tell people about the street where he was born. Originally named Jalan Yahudi, that small throughfare in the centre of George Town is visible from his present office high in the Komtar tower.

It is now called Jalan Zainal Abidin after Abdul Malik’s grand-uncle. S.M. Zainal Abidin was a prominent educator and writer in the early 1900s. After the war, he expanded his role in politics, establishing a state Umno office in Penang together with S.M. Hussein – his brother and Abdul Malik’s grandfather.


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