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Surin Pitsuwan: Scholar, Asean Internationalist

We saw the passing of statesman, scholar and diplomat extraordinaire Dr Surin Pitsuwan on Thursday. Born Abdul Halim Ismail on Oct 28, 1949, the son of Pondok Ban Tan in Nakhon Si Thammarat, southern Thailand, Surin broke with tradition. Instead of the usual religious studies in “Kedah, Kelantan, Mecca, Cairo or Indonesia”, as he put it, he moved abroad as a high-school student in Minnesota, the United States, on an American Field Service exchange scholarship in 1967-68......................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)

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Once a soldier who had an arrow stuck into his flesh went to consult a specialist. The surgeon cut off the arrow shaft and said: "That is all. You may go now". The soldier said: "But the arrow head is still deep in my flesh!" Shaking his head, the surgeon said: "That's a matter of an intermist. The surgical part of the operation is finished".

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