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Ode to My Dad
Choo Li-Hsien | 16 Jun 2017 00:30

Father’s Day often comes across as an afterthought on the family calendar. A desperate dash the day before to find an apology of a gift would result in dear old dad ending up with another pair of nondescript socks or the standby old school necktie.

Traditional fathers, overworked and underappreciated, are seen more as silent breadwinners than nurturing caregivers. Yet fathers and sons share a special bond, even though few words may pass between them.

As a Father’s Day tribute, we speak with two well-known father and son pairs, giants in their own fields, to uncover their unspoken (until now) sentiments about each other as well as their favourite Father’s Day memories, and general recollections of growing up together.

Our first pair is acclaimed Malaysian-born and Singapore-based playwright, Huzir Sulaiman, aged 44, and his father, Datuk Sulaiman Abdullah, aged 71, who is an advocate and solicitor and former president of the Malaysian Bar.

Our second father-and-son pair is Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim, 80, who is widely regarded as the country’s national historian, and his eldest son, Eddin Khoo, 48, a poet, writer, translator, journalist and teacher. 

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