Former Third World Network director Martin Khor dies of cancer (updated)

GEORGE TOWN: Former director of the Third World Network and The Star columnist Martin Khor Kok Peng has died.

He had been ill for several years and had returned to Penang to receive treatment and fight cancer, where he passed away Wednesday (April 1).

Born in 1951 in Penang, Khor was active in civil society movements.

A journalist, economist and the former director of advocacy group for Third World societies, Third World Network based in Penang, he taught at Universiti Sains Malaysia and played a leading role in the Third World Network before heading the South Centre in Geneva.

Khor was a columnist for The Star from 1978 to 2019.

Khor leaves behind a wife and daughter.

His wake will be held at the funeral parlour in Mount Erskine today and the funeral will be tomorrow (April 2).

His family requests that any contribution or tribute be in the form of a donation to either the Consumers Association of Penang or Sahabat Alam Malaysia, as per Khor’s wish.

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