Monday, September 27, 2010
Goodbye my friend...R.I.P Matt McKeown
I received a call from my friend, Azizi, at around 3.30pm today.
"You mean to say you dont know what happened to him?"
That's how I found out the news about the passing of our 'captain', Matt McKeown. He died of a heart attack at home, about an hour before that.
It was a huge shock to all of us in Astro Arena. Matt was not only Astro Arena General Manager, but he was our leader, the man that made all of this happen.
I still remember the first time Matt and I met. It was some time back in November last year. When he interviewed me for a position in Astro Arena. My first impression? Someone who clearly knew what he wants to achieve.
There were two meetings after that, occasions that I believe was used by him to size me up, to check whether I was suitable to be a member of his pioneer group to launch Astro Arena. On that third meeting, he told me straight that he's giving me the job.
"Any questions," he asked.
"Will you be a typical Malaysian boss," I replied.
"No. That's my guarantee..."
That's when its all started. Matt was true to his word, providing not only a stable leadership, but also a refreshing management style in steering Astro Arena during our formative months.
He hated it when, on many occasions, I called him 'Boss'. "Everytime you called me Boss, you owe my five ringgit," he said. I was lucky because few times that I absent-mindedly called him that, he was kind enough not to punish me for it.
But yes, he 'punished' few people who regularly called him that. Like our office manager, Yvonne, who was made to buy few cakes - to be shared with us - as a punishment.
He was accessible at any time of the day. There was several occasions, when I was disturbed by certain happenings in the office, when I sms-ed or emailed him, and I will get prompt answers from him.
We will miss him, that's for sure. We will miss his leadership, his kindness and his devotion to Astro Arena. He was a great man. And a good friend.
Rest in peace, my friend...