At the age of 50, one is at his prime and so was Tuan Haji Affendi Tun Mohd Stephens until his family and friends were stunted by his sudden demise yesterday. Affendi a jovial personality, who seldom gets angry and when he does then one surely knows his temper, died of heart complications after recovering from an angioplasty performed on him in Singapore.
I came to know Affendi a good 22 years and he is a great person to be with. Full of stories from his days in Parliament, about Sabah and its politics, about his younger days and lately the business world. The manner he conveys the story is full of fun and the laughter that follows represents the delight he takes in telling the stories.
Affendi enjoys good food and nothing would stop him from indulging. Even reminders of his size and the warnings given would just pass through his ears. He was one of those who did not want to be imprisoned by not doing this or that. He wanted to continue his bubbly nature and it was such that everyone who knew him enjoyed his company. That was Affendi
He was President of Sabah Cricket Association and when he was roped in to contest for Vice President of MCA, i had the opportunity to talk to him before the election. In his own words: " These guys wanted me and that is why i am here". This is Affendi and his popularity was so high that he had the highest number of votes in the election.
Affendi is also a person who gets bored with things fast especially long prolonged meetings. He loves to see decisions made fast rather than procrastinating over the issues. He shows his boredom by "napping" at meetings, a hallmark of Affendi.Those who know him understand this style of Affendi.
It is a sad that such a young and jovial character has to depart from this world at this stage of his life. His friends would definitely miss him and more so his family. We extend our condolence and sympathy to his family and bade farewell to our friend Affendi with prayers for him to rest in peace.