Legendary historian Khoo Kay Kim dies

Legendary historian Khoo Kay Kim dies

PUCHONG: Prominent historian Emeritus Professor Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim passed away this morning after suffering from lung failure.

Khoo breathed his last at the University Malaya Medical Centre. He was 82.

“It is with the deepest sadness that we inform of the passing of our much-loved husband and father. He passed, as he had always lived, with the greatest dignity,” said a message posted by his wife Puan Sri Rathi Khoo and children Eddin, Rubin and Mavin.

“Details of wake and funeral to be announced shortly. We appreciate your prayers at this sad time. May he ever rest in peace.”

Born in 1937 in Kampar, Khoo served at Universiti Malaya for over 50 years and had kept an office there even post-retirement.

He was one of the instrumental figures in the drafting of Rukun Negara to foster national unity, following the 1969 racial riots that killed hundreds.

Khoo’s works has been used as a primary source of reference for national history curriculum.

Shocked by Khoo’s death, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tweeted, “Condolences to the family of Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim. Hope they are given strength to endure in these trying times.”

Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali also took to Twitter to express his condolences to the historian’s family.

“Sad to hear about the passing of national historian Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Datuk Dr Khoo Kay Kim. I still remember my meeting with him during Dialog #MalaysiaBaru in Shah Alam a year ago. Condolences to Puan Sri Rathi Khoo, Eddin Khoo and family,” he said.

By G Vinod

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