SM Idris Leaves Behind a Potent Legacy for Penang

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May 17, 2019 saw the passing of activism stalwart SM Mohamed Idris at the age of 92. As the founding president of the Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) and a handful of other organisations, Idris lay the groundwork for action-based activism that always had one aim – preserving the world and making it a better place.

But before a lifelong journey of activism began, he was first a son and a brother.

The third of five siblings, Idris was born in India in a Muslim village called Thinaikulam, near the Ramanathapuram District, in December 1926.


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