KUALA LUMPUR: Raja Tun Mohar Raja Badiozaman had dedicated most of his life to nation building.
His contribution started in the pre-independence days in 1953 when he was an administrative officer to the time he became one of the “key engineers” behind the country’s economic development through various government positions he held until 1988.
Among others, he was the economic research officer at the Rural and Industrial Development Authority in 1953, besides holding various positions in the Ministry of Trade and Industry until he was transferred to the Finance Ministry in 1971.
In 1972, he became the EPF chairman. Between 1984 and 1988, he was Petronas chairman.
Even after he left public service, Raja Tun Mohar continued to serve through the various chairmanships and directorships he held.
After completing his early and secondary school education at Malay Primary School and Clifford School in Kuala Kangsar respectively, Raja Tun Mohar moved on to Raffles College in Singapore and then to Cambridge University, where he earned his first degree in Economics in 1946.
Later, he obtained a diploma in agriculture economics from Oxford University in 1953.
His economic planning skills earned him recognition from local and international universities, which conferred him honorary doctorates covering law, business and management.
He was appointed pro-chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia from 1982 to 1991 and acted as pro-chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia from 1999 to 2001 before accepting the honour of being the first chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Petronas in 2001.
His other achievements included being the recipient of the Tokoh Maal Hijrah in 1983 and the Asian Productivity Organisation award in 1986.