Tun Abdul Razak: The Father of Malaysian Development

In cooperation of Alumni Yayasan Tun Abdul Razak and Akademi Pemuda UMNO, the seminar, ” Legasi Tun Abdul Razak” was brought together at the Sime Darby Convention Center at Mont Kiara last Friday and Saturday, 15 – 16 June 2007. In addition, Sime Darby contributed to the success of the event as the main sponsor.

The purpose of the conference was to recap the legacy of Tun Abdul Razak’s (TAR) policies and strategies for state development. He was Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, who was in office from 1970 to 1976. He took over from Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al Haj at the point of crisis – Malaysia’s black day, May 13, 1969. It was indeed a trying time for Malaysian leaders; they need positively develop the country and to bring about change in people’s mindset from the colonial period to being citizens of an independent country.

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Among the issues brought to attention during the seminar include TAR’s commitment to develop Malaysia through innovations in economic planning and education. He put emphasis in both, and the fruits of his conviction can be seen in Malaysian society today.

The conference presented valuable information and inside stories during TAR’s tenure of the Premiership in early 1970s. He was seen as a leader whom repeatedly used consultative approach before making a decision. TAR’s peers confirmed that he used to call weekly meetings, which he would invite fellow citizens like teachers and head of villages in order to hear what they have to say to him; their aspiration, ambition, challenges, and ideas were taken into serious account and TAR formed his policies according to this information.

Overall, it was a good conference. We hope to see more gatherings like this that talks about other leaders of Malaysia, not necessarily the premiers only but also those behind the scenes.

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