Monday, 17 January 2011

34. Dr Ismail bin Abdul Rahman (1915-1973)

Dr Ismail bin Abdul Rahman (1915-1973)
MBBS 1945 University of Melbourne

Date of birth: 4 November 1915
Place of birth: Johor
Date of demise: Thursday, 2 August 1973
Place of demise: In his bedroom at home in Maxwell Road (now Jalan Tun Dr Ismail), Kuala Lumpur
Place of burial: Makam Pahlawan (Warriors' Mausoleum), Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur

Attended schools and colleges:
  1. Sekolah Bukit Zaharah, JB
  2. Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, JB
  3. King Edward VII Medical College, Singapore (then went to Australia)
  4. University of Melbourne, continued medical studies and graduated with MBBS in 1945

Returned to Singapore on 26 July 1946 (postwar period)
Political involvement:
  1. Johor, Federal Legislature, Malayan Govt (1st Cabinet), resigned & rejoined
  2. Malaysia's 1st Ambassador to USA
  3. Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the UN
  4. Most noted as Home Minister for his capabilities in the restoration of law and order following the May Incidences (13 May 1969 riots) - and restoration of public confidence in the Govt. Therefore called "The Man Who Saved Malaysia".
  5. Malaysia's 2nd Deputy Prime Minister in 1970 (Tun Abdul Razak was PM)

Structures named after him: TTDI, Jalan TDI, TDI Hostel in UKM, etc
Married Norashikin bt Mohd Seth @ "Neno" (sister of Ghazali & Yahya Mohd Seth, MB Pahang)
6 children, 2 boys and 4 girls. Eldest boy Mohamed Tawfik
13 grandchildren
Died 3 years after becoming DPM
Died in office as Acting Prime Minister when PM Tun Abdul Razak was away in Ottawa
He was a pipe smoker and suffered from neck cancer
On the day he died, his physician, Dr Stewart McPherson was accompanying PM in Ottawa
He had called another physician, Dr Catterall who tried to revive him for 5 hours
Unfortunately, he died of a massive heart attack, aged 57
First to be buried at Makam Pahlawan under the orders of then PM Tun Abdul Razak
“I will do for the country what I will not do for myself and my family.” 
Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman - former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1970-1973)
Useful links:
Ismail Abdul Rahman - Wikipedia
Ismail Abdul Rahman - Facts, Discussion, Forum and Encyclopedia
Excerpts of "The Reluctant Politician: Tun Dr Ismail and His Time" by Ooi Kee Beng
"The Man Who Saved Malaysia" Forum
"Tun Dr Ismail's widow dies" by Bernama (re-post by The Malaysian Insider)
"Tun Dr Ismail's widow dies" by Din Blogger
Salahsilah Tok Abdul Jabbar 2007
Robert Kuok Hock Nien (Sugar King & Hotel King)
Pena Tokoh
Ismail_Abdul_Rahman- WikiVisually