GEORGE TOWN: The journalism fraternity in Penang lost one of its own here when Mohd Tajuddin Mohd Kassim (pix) passed away at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital after suffering a massive brain haemorrhage on Wednesday.
He was 46-years-old and had just celebrated his birthday on Monday before he suffered a stroke while having breakfast at a nasi kandar joint in Bukit Mertajam – his home town.
He passed away at 7.02pm today with his immediate family by his bedside.
Tajuddin or better known as just Teejay was a former journalist with The Sun where he was part of the news and sports desk, before he joined Prasarana Negara Berhad as an executive for its Rapid Penang public bus service.
He was also attached to the now defunct public relations firm - Foxcomm.
A former Bukit Mertajam High School student, Teejay eventually assumed the role of special officer in charge of the media with Deputy Foreign Minister Senator Datuk Marzuki Yahya where he worked with many journalists.
He never failed to meet the various requests sought by his peers from interviews to tape recordings and clarifications about social media postings.
Marzuki said that Teejay was not just an officer but a personal friend, who was dedicated to the cause of rendering service to the public.
According to friends and colleagues who paid tribute to him, all of them only had positive things to say.
Despite the mounting deadlines which accompany the lives of most journalists, Tajuddin would often be handling stress with a smile.
He lives behind wife Norwani Harun and a child Nurul Humairah Tajuddin, who is in Form Three.
Teejay would be laid to rest at the Muslim cemetery in Berapit later tonight.