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Malaysians grieve: Rukun Negara co-creator dies at 82

Malaysians grieve: Rukun Negara co-creator dies at 82

Akmal Hakim

Malaysians are disheartened by the loss of national historian and
prominent academic Professor Emeritus Tan Sri
Khoo Kay Kim who died today at the age of 82.

While reports by the MalayMail stated that his passing was due to heart complications, The Star reports that Khoo had died of lung failure on early Tuesday morning at the University Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur.

A graduate of Universiti Malaya, the well known author and scholar remained an esteemed figure in academia for over 50 years, well throughout his retirement.

“Education is not based on theories. It must be learnt by going out of the classroom.

“It is not about passing exam, but it goes beyond that,” he was once quoted as saying by The Star.

Khoo will forever be memorialized as one of the instrumental names in the drafting and creation of the Rukun Negara – Malaysia’s declaration of national philosophy – following racial riots in the 70’s.

True Malaysians would not have forgotten the words etched behind almost every school exercise book and reciting the Rukun Negara during Monday school assembly.
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Malaysians across cyberspace can been seen expressing their condolences and grief at the lost of a national icon.

Figures in the national social-political scene were also seen paying their respects to the late philosopher through social media.

Khoo is survived by his wife Puan Sri Rathi Khoo and three sons – Eddin, Rubin and Mavin.

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