Thursday, August 27, 2009

Al-Fatihah - Disabled senator Prof Ismail dies - Malaysiakini

Aug 27, 2009

First disabled senator, Prof Dr Ismail Md Salleh died on a flight from China to Singapore early today. He was 61.

An officer at the Malaysian High Commission in Singapore said Ismail was pronounced dead on arrival at the Singapore General Hospital at about 8am.

The hospital will conduct a post-mortem to determine the cause of his death, he told Bernama.

A father of six children, the visually challenged Ismail became the first person from the disabled community to be appointed as senator in December 2007.

Born in Pasir Mas, Kelantan, he was totally blind since he was 13, but the limitation did not stop him from getting his degree, masters and PhD, all in the United States.

For his achievements, Ismail was named as the first blind person to receive a doctorate by the Guinness Book of World Records.

He also held various key positions including Twintech International University College vice-chancellor, Twintech Holdings Sdn Bhd chief executive officer, National Association of Bumiputera Private Colleges president, a member of the National Implementation Task Force in the Prime Minister's Department and Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) former deputy director-general.

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