Happy Birthday Daddy

He would have been 75 years old today. 

It has become a routine every time this year that I would naturally write about him, my late dad – Wan Ahmad Lotfi, fondly known to family and friends as Pi, Pak Wan or Pakcik.

To me – he was daddy.

I’ve always been a mama’s boy but I’ve always been told I resemble my dad a lot in many ways. As I grew older, I’ve come to realized there’s truth to these claims.

We grew closer as I grew older – he wasn’t always around when I was growing up. But later in life, our relationship became more like friends, where he literally became friends with mine – especially colleagues from work. I would leave for home, he would continue teh tarik sessions with them. At one point, there were times I wasn’t even joining those sessions – he was just out with them.

This was probably because he was also an insurance practitioner – one of the Bumiputra pioneers of life insurance industry in Malaysia. He spent 7 years at Llyods, London before coming back to run the life insurance business at a local insurance company, Talasco (which is actually the abbreviation for Tahan Lasak Company). 

He was somewhat a legend when he was practicing, in various ways. One thing for sure, people loved him.

When I started in the industry back in 2003, he was my main source of reference. At that time, I was in love with the general insurance business and never thought I would follow his footsteps into the life business. 3 years after in 2006 I joined PruBSN, leading to where i today – I have now become a true and true family takaful practitioner. 

But one thing I learned from him for sure was the meaning of unconditional love and care to everyone, regardless who they are, where they came from. Answers why so many people were touched by him, who in return loved him in unexplainable ways.

Last birthday celebration with Ruzain – February 2018. He passed away May same year

اِنَّالِلَه وَاِنَّااِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُوْنَ

اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لَهُ وَارْحَمْهُ وَعَافِهِ وَاعْفُ عَنْهُ

Miss you daddy. Love you.