Veteran socialist leader Dr Rajakumar dies


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  • Saturday, 22 Nov 2008

PETALING JAYA: Veteran socialist leader and medical practitioner Dr M.K. Rajakumar passed away 3am Saturday at Hospital Kuala Lumpur.

He succumbed to heart and lung complications following a recent bout of pneumonia. He was 76.

Dr Rajakumar is best known as a leftist intellectual who formed part of the leadership of the Labour Party and Barisan Sosialis during the 1960s. Along with other leaders like the late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Koon, V. David, Ishak Haji Muhammad (better known as Pak Sako) and Karam Singh, he made the Labour Party a force to be reckoned with. He was detained under the Internal Security Act from 1966-1969.

After he was released from detention Rajakumar focused more on his medical practice, but was still concerned with improving the general standard of healthcare.

He served as President of the Malaysian Medical Association from 1979-80, President of the Malaysian Scientific Assocation from 1981-83 and President of the World Organisation of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of Family Physicians from 1986-89.

He is survived by his wife Ong Kik Hong and three children - venture capitalist Datin Sunita Mei-Lin, executive in a London search firm Kiren Su-Lin and Arjuna who is a vice-president at HSBC Hong Kong.

Prayers will be held at 1pm on Sunday at 22, Jalan Kent 1, off Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur. The cortege departs at 3.30pm the same day for the Cheras Crematorium. For further details, call Ivy or Sherry at 012-2082677 or 012-2129278.

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