Sunday, November 19, 2006

Umno Veteran Khir Johari Dies Of Heart Attack.


Umno veteran Tan Sri Mohamed Khir Johari died Sunday, believed to be of a heart attack, in his house at Suasana Central Condominium at Jalan Tun Sambanthan in Brickfields. He was 83.

Khir Johari held several key positions in Umno including as secretary-general. He was among the longest-serving cabinet ministers since 1950s till his retirement in 1983.

His son, Zairil, 23, told Bernama his father appeared healthy when having breakfast with the family this morning. However, he suddenly had breathing difficulties and fell off from his chair while watching television at about 10.30am. He said his family called for an ambulance and the medical personnel, who arrived 10 minutes later, confirmed his father had died.

Zairil said funeral rites would be performed at the National Mosque before his burial at the Heroes' Mausoleum at 6pm. Khir Johari suffered a stroke in March 1981.

Khir Johari, fondly called "Pak Khir", is survived by nine children, five of whom are girls. His first wife Puan Sri Kelsom @ Che Tom Abdul Rahman, whom he married in 1943, died on Sept 20, 1994. He later married Puan Sri Christine Lim in February 1996.

Khir Johari, who was born in Kampung Kancut, Alor Star, was a teacher at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in 1945 before entering politics. He served as Education Minister, Trade and Industry Minister and Agriculture Minister. He was also appointed Malaysia's ambassador to the United Nations in New York, to Mexico and Brazil.

Khir Johari was also active in sports. He held important positions in sports bodies including as Badminton Association of Malaysia president, Sepaktakraw Association of Malaysia president and Bodybuilding Association of Malaysia president.

Among his sweetest and most memorable achievements is leading the national badminton squad to win the coveted Thomas Cup in Jakarta in 1967.
Related Bernama Reports:
1) Umno Loses Veteran Politician In Khir Johari
2) M'sian Sports Fraternity Loses An Active Sports Personality



Blogger walski69 said...

A sad passing, indeed. One of the best statesmen Malaysia has had...

8:31 PM GMT+8  
Blogger The Malaysian. said...

Indeed Walski. He was a man decades ahead of his time. A younger Khir Johari is what Umno needs right now to set things right.

8:38 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A huge blanket of sorrow covers all M'sian's today...We've lost a a great man who had all the ingredient to steer our nation to a greater height..
Hoped he was around to guide our present primadonas in Umn* to understand the what was really M'sia was about...
"...From dust to dust..."

11:24 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Dek Mat said...

Rest in peace Pak Khir. We already miss you...

10:13 AM GMT+8  

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