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jack10dd
20-11-2006, 12:27 PM
KUALA LUMPUR: One of Malaysia's founding fathers and the first education minister, Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari, passed away after a heart attack at his home in Suasana Sentral condominium here yesterday - 19 Nov 2006 . Khir was 83.

Khir's wife Puan Sri Christine Khir, 55, was at the elderly statesman's side when he died at about 10.40am.

Khir was accorded a state funeral and was buried at the Warriors Mausoleum in the grounds of Masjid Negara.

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2006/11/20/nation/16077484&sec=nation

firefox
20-11-2006, 01:18 PM
i bid farewell to a special breed Malay..he was a humble gentleman to the last turned down many titles...cant forget that memorable night in jakarta 1967 when we won the thomas cup, what sweet memories.

uchangeng
20-11-2006, 05:23 PM
Tan Sri was a school teacher in Alor Star in the early 50s. Many Kedahan folks know him from his days as the MP there.

Pak Khir was one UMNO politician that served his consitituency well regardless of race and religion. He is one true Malaysian. May be that was also the reason why he was so unpopular among the UMNO ultra after Tunku stepped down.

bslee
20-11-2006, 05:32 PM
Al-Fatihah

I've only good things to say about the man.., truly the last of humble leaders like him which we'll not have in future.

sinleong
20-11-2006, 07:43 PM
i am an old boy of sultan abdul hamid college, Tan Sri Khir Johari's alma mater and a recipient of his scholarship award.

his most memorable quote, "kalau nak mencari kekayaan, jangan berpolitik. kalau nak berpolitik, jangan mencari kekayaan." a principle he holds so true. it is a shame that in the last years of his life, he was involved in a property tussle with his children in court.

uchangeng
21-11-2006, 09:20 AM
I know this man all my life. Good leader. Nothing bad about him. From the day I was in Sg Petani, as a young "kampung" boy went to school there and met with Pak Khir once in a while whenever he visited.

When he was awarded "Tan Sri" after many years into his retirement, our "kampung" celebrated!

I know his widower brother, Pak Jaafar(or fondly known as Bang Cik to many locals), who later married my classmate's widow mother back in the 80s. We know each other like relatives, Malay and Chinese. No problem.

But in this prosperous USJ community, we do not experience this close kneet race-relation among ourselves. We are supposed to be more educated, more affluent and more intelligent. But we appear to be more "sombong" towards one another. May be there are too many con-men in this modern society of ours that makes everyone behave more cautiously towards one another.

isarahim
21-11-2006, 04:56 PM
Tan Sri's UMNO was a radically different UMNO than the corrupted and twisted remnant of the same name we see today.

penangkia
21-11-2006, 05:51 PM
Tan Sri's UMNO was a radically different UMNO than the corrupted and twisted remnant of the same name we see today.

Actually, the party of pak lah today is UMNO BARU and not the original UMNO that fought for Independence and created the nation of Malaysia with the non malays citizens.

The real and original UMNO died in 1987 by court order.

Today. the umno baru flag is different in size from the original UMNO.

Past presidents like Hussein Onn did not join the new party till the day he passed away.

http://www.malaysia-today.net/columns/pillai/2005/09/umno-baru-political-party-is-not-umno.htm