The late Rapaee Kawi was a man of great distinction and achievements.
He passed away yesterday morning at the age of 51. I met him when I was a staff photographer at the Star back in the early 90s.
Apai, as he is endearingly known, was under internship with PERHEBAT as a photographer with Berita Harian where he served for a few years.
He was an enlisted man and had a passion for adventure.
Later, he moved to the Star and settled down in Sarawak, his hometown.
He will be best remembered as a jovial guy who dedicated much effort to his work that earned him numerous awards.
Apai's sudden death was a shock to the journalism fraternity. It was a great loss. May God bless his soul and Apai my friend, travel well with God speed.