Only The Good Die Young

It was 1990, Kampong Pandan, Kuala Lumpur. I was working in a Musical Studio called “Power House”. It was the year that I knew Zul Fikhri. A young school boy who would drop by very often as his home was not far from the studio.

He would drop by on most evenings to hang-out and pick up guitar lessons and tips from anybody that would care to share. The studio was always full of people coming and going. Honestly, at that time he was just another face in the crowd. Little that I know that it was also to become a face of someone that became very very dear to me.

He went on to pursue electronic engineering. After he was done with that, next he took up sound engineering and became a successful sound engineer. To top that, he also lectures on sound engineering at Malaysia’s very own National Academy Of Arts, Culture & Heritage (Aswara). At 37 he is doing well.



I’m sure many that knows him will agree that he has all the qualities that one would expect from a “True Friend”. Ever ready to give a helping hand even in the dead of the night. And due to his extremely good nature, people tend to take advantage and exploit him. Although he never once complained about his hardship and the exploitations that he got, I knew about it from other people and was a constant thing that I nagged to him about. He finally got over people taking advantage of him. At least to my knowledge that is.

Zul Fikhri With Bob James of FourplayWith Bob James of Fourplay

Zulfikhri IsmailThe Sound Master

Zulfikhri IsmailThe Lecturer

Zulfikhri Ismail

Jimmy-Asmara-001Among our little contribution to the local film industry

Zul Fikhri






Well today I lost this friend. A brother as far as I’m concerned. It was just last Thursday that we spoke. I knew that he wasn’t feeling well lately and he was seeking help. I infact accompanied him to his therapy session a fortnight ago. His condition was improving.

Zulfikhri Ismail

Zulfikhri Ismail

But since Friday he wasn’t asnwering my calls nor my text to him. But I didn’t put much thought to it as I knew he had another session of therapy on Saturday. And I figured he must be tired and resting. I had made plans with some friends to go and see him yesterday. Little that I know that he was already admitted into the ICU unit. By the time I got that information, he was already in a coma. I managed to see him last night but there was nothing much that I could do either.

He passed on peacefully at 8:50am this morning. We laid him to rest by noon. It has been an honor to have known you Bro. You have graced and touched my life in immeasurable ways for the past 21 years. You are painfully missed! Rest in peace my dearest Adinda Fik. This song is my mourning for you. Yeah you know this one too and you know that I’m not sayin goodbye. So see ya on the other side you mandarin speaking malay you!, insyAllah. Al-Fatihah. Salutes!

*Simple words, simple rhymes, simple thoughts, simple minds, simple ways,simple rights,
I simplify..* ~ Zul Fikhri Ismail, FB profile

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35 Responses to “Only The Good Die Young”

  1. LadyJava says:

    Al-fatihah… he will be missed for sure… rest in peace adinda fik and see you on the other side.. :) InsyAllah…

  2. My condolences.. May your dear friend rest in peace and is placed amongst the good people in the sight of Allah s.w.t. Amin…

  3. jenny says:

    al fatihah!!! saya bangga pernah jadi student cik afik!!
    semoga ditempat di kalangan mereka yg beriman!

  4. wira says:

    I feel your lost Bro, my condolences. Do your crying and mourning its ok, maybe its the best way to let go and say goodbye.

    Rest In Peace Zul Fikhri.

  5. Namz says:

    Amin. Thanks Bella.

  6. Namz says:

    Trimas Jenny. Beliau merupakan seorang insan yang mulia. Teruskan lah perjuangan nya ya.

  7. Namz says:

    Thanks Bro. It’s gonna take some time to settle down all these emotions :(

  8. Ismail Ahmad says:

    As his father and knowing that you have been his close friend, perhaps his mentor too, since his post-schooling days; I can testify what you described about Allahyarham Zul Fikhri fits him like a glove without any exergeration whatsoever. Otherwise I would be the first to refute it. Should I say he spent his adult life more with you than with me, yet he would be there whenver I and my family needed him. May Allah bless his soul. Thank you.

  9. Namz says:

    Salams Uncle,

    I can feel the pain that you and your family are going through. Arwah was to me literally like the brother I never had.

    It was an honor to have known him for as long as I did. Everybody loves him. His presence will be missed.

    Please do not hesitate should you or the family require my assistance. Ayu has my wife’s and my number. Do take care.


  10. meadowly says:

    That was touching! May your friend rest in peace..

  11. Namz says:

    Thanks Meadowly. Yes, may he rest in eternal bliss :pray:

  12. Colleen says:

    Man, that was harsh and sad for you. May your good friend be partying on the other side.

  13. Namz says:

    Thanks Collen. I’m sure he’s having a ball.

  14. BB-Joel says:

    Godspeed…. I’m sure he’s happy where he is.

  15. LAPP-Joel says:

    Sorry to hear the sad news….My prayers are with him.

  16. Namz says:

    I hope the same too.

  17. Namz says:

    Thanks Joel. I appreciate it.

  18. Liz says:

    So sorry to hear about your loss. He’s too young to die.

  19. stevebethere says:

    Sad to hear of your loss my condolences to you… his love seems to shine through you and may he rest in peace.

  20. Namz says:

    Actually it’s a loss to a lot of people. Not only his family depended on him but to some extend a loss to Malaysia’s music industry :(

  21. Namz says:

    Thanks Steve. I really appreciate it.

  22. Emila says:

    Alfatihah buat Zul Fikhri. Semoga rohnya dicucuri rahmat dan ditempatkan bersama orang-orang yang beriman.

  23. Sorry to hear of the passing of your friend, this song is so perfect for MM – thank you sharing x

  24. Namz says:

    Thanks UCB.

  25. bluedreamer says:

    my deepest condolences

  26. So sorry to hear of your friend’s passing – may he rest in peace. ((HUGZ!))

  27. Namz says:

    Thanks Blue.

  28. Namz says:

    Thanks Stacy.

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  30. Sandi says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. :(

  31. Jackie says: is full of surprises..thats why we have to tresure our life with love ones cuz we never know what life may bring in the future..for sure you’ll be healed but i know it will take time..

  32. Namz says:

    Thanks Sandi.

  33. Namz says:

    I’m moving on. Thanks Jackie for dropping by.

Komen di dalam Bahasa Malaysia juga di alu²kan, sudi²kanlah diri..

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