Dr MK Rajakumar’s legacy

  • CL Teng


Finding Dr MK Rakajumar’s published works was a little difficult but it was done.1 Finding information about the manhimself was much more difficult, that is, until late 2008. Some years ago, I asked senior members of the Academywho Rajakumar was. In hushed tone, some of them whispered “he had a colourful past”, others mentioned hisincarceration under Internal Security Act, but the reason for this was somewhat of a mystery. To the younger membersin the Academy, Dr MK Rajakumar was always held in awe. Many were aware of the sacrifices he made for the causeof primary care/family medicine. He was a socialist at heart and General Practice gave him another avenue to servethe poor.


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Vengadesan M. Veteran socialist leader Dr Rajakumar dies. The Star, 22 Nov 2008. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/22/nation/20081122163736 &sec=nation.

Vengadesan M. Dr Rajakumar – truly a patriot and people’s hero. The Star, 23 Nov 2008. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/11/23/nation/2626772&sec=nation.

Das S. The Icon of Family Medicine. The Malay Mail, 26 Nov 2008. http://www.mmail.com.my/Icon_of_family_medicine.aspx.

Devaraj J. Committed to the cause. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(9):40,27. http://www.aliran.com/index.php?view =article&catid=74%3A2008-9&id=805%3Acommitted-to-the-cause&format=pdf&option=com_content&Itemid=10.

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In Memoriam: Dr M K Rajakumar: A man of the people (1932-2008). Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):40.

Syed Husin A. A great man, a great friend. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):8-11.

McCoy R. A passionate commitment to equity and social justice. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):12-13.

Tan PL. The passing of a mighty man. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):14-15.

Lim HS. A life devoted to his fellow human beings. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):16-17.

Tan KH. A doctor who cared not for reward, only truth and justice. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):24-25.

Syed Hamid A. Remembering Dr M K Rajakumar. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):26-27.

Salim A. Driven to serve. Aliran Monthly. 2008; 28(10):28-29.

Fajar (Dawn). Souvenir book published on the occasional of public memorial for Dr MK Rajakumar. 4 Jan 2009.

Sulaiman A. Dr Rajakumar: a great doctor and Malaysian patriot. http://www.myblogmix.com/malaysiaku/dr-rajakumar-a-great-doctorand-malaysian-patriot.

Sundaram JK. An Unsung Malaysian Hero: Dr. MK Rajakumar. Sin Chew Jit Poh [online]. 3 Jan 2009. http://www.mysinchew.com/node/19316?tid=14.

How to Cite
TengC. (2008). Dr MK Rajakumar’s legacy. Malaysian Family Physician, 3(3), 2. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/314
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