Thursday, October 28, 2010

Datuk Merlyn Kasimir, PJN................Arts A2 1967

Here’s one person whom every Andersonian should be proud of ! .....Class of Upper Six Arts 2 1967.
It is heartening to know that one of your former students distinguished himself in the Malaysian Civil Service with a Datuk title conferment by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2004.

He joined the Ministry of International Trade and Industry – MITI after graduating from MU (Malayan University in Pantai Valley, Kuala Lumpur. While in MITI he had the opportunity to serve in the overseas offices in Cologne, Germany (1976-1980) and in Tokyo (1980-1984) as Trade Commissioner/Trade Attache.

He also had an assignment in Geneva as Economic Counsellor in Malaysia’s Permanent Mission for 3 years from 1989, where he was involved with the Uruguay Round multilateral trade negotiations. They were all very enriching experiences.

Before he retired he was the CEO of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation for about 6 1/2 years, a government agency responsible for promotion of Malaysia’s exports. It was a challenging and interesting job, although a bit tiring sometimes with all the travelling. In fact he visited Perth a number of times , but was not aware that I was here.

Now he is doing some trade and business consulting .

He has 2 children, a boy and a girl. His son in fact will be going to Murdoch University, Perth in February next year to do a degree programme in Mass Comm, after his Diploma in KDU College in Kuala Lumpur.

His daughter , who has just finished her A levels, has also applied to study in Australia. She has submitted applications to a few Universities, including University of Western Australia (UWA). She is keen to pursue international relations and economics.

His children are relatively young compared to those of his other classmates because he settled down comparatively a bit later. He left Anderson School, Ipoh end of 1967, a prima school where I taught as the Sr. Geography Master from 1966 to 1970.

He was born in November 1947. His Datukship is a Federal award ( Panglima Jasa Negara – PJN ) , which he had the honour to receive from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong in 2004.

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”


Written and Posted on Paul Chong's Blog.

1 comment:

  1. Achievements are something to be proud of. It's an added glory if you were honoured or bestowed a title from the Sultan or Agong. I may have missed out some Andersonians who deserve a mention in my blog or yours. My apologies if that is so. I would love to hear from you . . . for instance Puan Sri . . . ?