Faiz Hazwani wrote in Facebook:
"This book is very memorable and inspiring. My late grandfather is Tan Sri Haji Dato’ Dr Abu Talib bin Abdul Latif, DG of MOH, u can contact Khairun Nur Mohd Arif for his full biodata."
Tan Sri Haji Dato' Dr Abu Talib bin Abdul Latif is mentioned in the book Research on the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore, on page 269, Appendix 1, item 18 in Table 3. However, I have written his name as Abdul Talib bin Abdul Latiff, MBBS 1957.
I also have him listed in Appendix 6, item 5 on page 278. Here he is listed as YBhg Tan Sri Haji Dato' Dr Abu Talib bin Abdul Latif. His name and details were provided by the Ministry of Health (MoH). He was the 5th DG of Health from 23 October 1980.
No retirement date was given. The next DG started on 4 April 1983. He could have retired before this date. He could have been responsible for the MoH under the 4th Malaysia Plan.
I hope to obtain more information on him so that I can prepare a more detailed biography and reference the details just as I have done for the other biographies in the main book, Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore.