An Uncommon Hero: M.K. Rajakumar In Politics & Medicine

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An Uncommon Hero M.K. Rajakumar in Politics and Medicine many witness momentous events in their lives, but few participate, much less leave their mark. Dr M.K. Rajakumar, on the contrary, left an indelible mark at every phase of his eventful life. As a medical student at the University of Malaya in Singapore, he co-founded the University Socialist Club and later landed himself in court on a sedition for an editorial that condemned Western imperialism and aggression in Asia. The victory of the eight students responsible for the club’s organ, Fajar, in the trial propelled them to fame, drawing them further into Singapore politics. Rajakumar was invited by Lee Kuan Yew to join in the preparations for founding the People’s Action Party (PAP). Even after his return to Malaya to practise medicine, he was associated with politicians, trade unionists and activists detained without trial in various mass arrests, notably Operation Cold Store, and was involved in the Malaya-Singapore merger debate, the establishment of the Barisan Sosialis, etc.

Through historical investigations, personal recollections and tributes from colleagues, friends and family – including Tan Kai Hee, Syed Husin Ali, Poh Soo Kai, Said Zahari, Lim Hock Siew, Jomo K.S., Wang Gungwu, Ronald McCoy, Jeyakumar Devaraj, Lee Ban Chen, Abu Bakar Suleiman, Zuraina Majid, Sunita Rajakumar, Sukumari Sekhar, Ong Kik Hong and Shantha Nayar – this book constructs the portrait of a remarkable man who inspired many by the power of his intellect and the force of his conviction.

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An Uncommon Hero M.K. Rajakumar in Politics and Medicine many witness momentous events in their lives, but few participate, much less leave their mark. Dr M.K. Rajakumar, on the contrary, left an indelible mark at every phase of his eventful life. As a medical student at the University of Malaya in Singapore, he co-founded the University Socialist Club and later landed himself in court on a sedition for an editorial that condemned Western imperialism and aggression in Asia. The victory of the eight students responsible for the club’s organ, Fajar, in the trial propelled them to fame, drawing them further into Singapore politics. Rajakumar was invited by Lee Kuan Yew to join in the preparations for founding the People’s Action Party (PAP). Even after his return to Malaya to practise medicine, he was associated with politicians, trade unionists and activists detained without trial in various mass arrests, notably Operation Cold Store, and was involved in the Malaya-Singapore merger debate, the establishment of the Barisan Sosialis, etc.

Through historical investigations, personal recollections and tributes from colleagues, friends and family – including Tan Kai Hee, Syed Husin Ali, Poh Soo Kai, Said Zahari, Lim Hock Siew, Jomo K.S., Wang Gungwu, Ronald McCoy, Jeyakumar Devaraj, Lee Ban Chen, Abu Bakar Suleiman, Zuraina Majid, Sunita Rajakumar, Sukumari Sekhar, Ong Kik Hong and Shantha Nayar – this book constructs the portrait of a remarkable man who inspired many by the power of his intellect and the force of his conviction.

 

Publisher: SIRD

Paperback

2011

ISBN: 9789675832277