UM to host virtual tribute for Royal Prof Ungku Aziz on Monday (March 8)

PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) will be having a tribute to honour the late Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz Ungku Abdul Hamid's contribution to the country next week.

The tribute, organised by the university's Faculty of Economics and Administration, as well as the Ungku Aziz Centre for Development will be held virtually on Monday (March 8) at 3pm on Zoom as well as UM's Facebook page.

The virtual tribute will also be attended by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who will present a speech.

Other guests include the late Ungku Aziz's daughter former Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Aziz, PKR founding leader Dr Syed Husin Ali, economist Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram and former UM chief librarian Khoo Siew Mun.

The speakers will pay a special tribute to Ungku Aziz for his contribution and roles in various fields such as developing the discipline of economics as an academic, promoting poverty eradication and rural development, creating institutions in UM, founding of the National Cooperative Movement (Angkasa), as well as establishing Lembaga Tabung Haji.

Ungku Aziz passed away on Dec 15 last year at the age of 98. Born in Hampstead, London, England in 1922, Ungku Aziz was a renowned economist, administrator, academician, sportsman and writer.

He was the first Malaysian and longest serving vice-chancellor of UM, and the first Malay economist. He was also the sole person to have been accorded the status of Royal professor in the country.

For more information on the tribute, email or contact 03-7967 3766 / 012-878 9895.

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