Heard that bloggo-journo Seri Menanti recently shopped for ‘black leather shoes with laces’.
That could only mean for a few possible purposes. Since there is no university or university-college having its convocation, getting an honourary academic award could safely be ruled out. Even though he is familiar with the defense industry and military, it is also unlikely he would receive a commission for the army reserve corp in the near future.
Rusdi Mustapha is a well traveled man, a seasoned journo and an interesting creature of cybersphere. He was one time a war correspondent, covering the Bosnian-Serbian conflict for The Sun. He also had a regular column in The Business Times and later The Malay Mail.
An eclectic man, he saw the world from different views since the 60s. He is not known to be stingy with stories from his wealth of experience. The Minangkabau man spent considerable time in Manitoba before coming back home in the early 80s.
Last year, he published his first book ‘The Malaysian Grafitti’ based on previous his articles which appeared in The Business Times. The collection of friends that turned up for the launching of the book is a demonstration of different walks of life whom Rusdi touched hearts with.
NST dated 6 July 2012:
Ex-BT writer launches book
By V. SHUMAN | firstname.lastname@example.org
THOUGHT PROVOKING: Blogger Rusdi Mustapha releases compilation of articles
KUALA LUMPUR: FORMER Business Times writer Rusdi Mustapha has released a book compiling his columns which appeared in the daily in the early 2000s.
According to Rusdi, Malaysian Graffiti was written after being convinced by his friends during a “teh tarik” session.
“One friend even came up with a mock hardcover of my “would be” book during our next meeting. I thought why not, and the result is this book,” said Rusdi, who runs a blog called Seri Menanti, after the name of his hometown in Negri Sembilan.
The book title was appropriate, said Rusdi, as it “has many types of writings, as colourful as graffiti”.
Rusdi has decades of experience as a journalist, working for the Business Times, often writing his own columns.
Rusdi said it took several months to compile his articles and come up with the book, which is distributed by Mole Publishing, owned by fellow blogger and journalist Datuk Ahirudin Attan.
The book was launched by the Tunku Besar Seri Menanti, Tunku Ali Redhauddin Tunku Muhriz, at a ceremony in Bangsar Shopping Centre here.
A small group, comprising Rusdi’s family and friends, gathered to witness the launching of the book, priced at RM59.90 at local book stores.
In his speech, Tunku Ali said Rusdi’s style of writing differed in every piece.
“One cannot expect to agree with everything he has written — it is provocative at times and the points are debatable,” said Tunku Ali.
“But one thing for sure. It will be thought-provoking as Rusdi has vast knowledge and experience from his many years of writing and travelling.”
He has by far coloured the Malaysian journalism with his own unique style, observation, opinion and arguments.
We at BigDogDotCom would like to wish Rusdi all the best for near future endeavour. It is expected to be one of his defining moments, for his next book.