Former Vice-Chancellor Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi

Our former Vice-Chancellor, Tan Sri Dr Abdulah Sanusi Ahmad, passed away on 29 November, 2003 at the age of 67. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Malaya from 1994 to 2000, during which time he gave much attention to enhancing the educational functions of the Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden in its continuing development. He encouraged the development of the Educational Programme at the Rimba Ilmu and actively supported the establishment of the Rain Forests and Our Environment permanent exhibition, as well as the Conservatory, there. Both the Conservatory and the new premises for the Herbarium were opened by Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi in 2000.

Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi was born on 30 January 1936 in Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan and completed his tertiary education at the University of Malaya, with honours in economics, in 1961. He obtained a PhD from the University of Southern California in 1977. He was the founder-director of the National Institute of Public Administration and first Director-General of the Malaysian Administrative Modernisation and Manpower Planning Unit of the Prime Minister's Department. During 1981-1986, he was Secretary General to the then Public Enterprises Ministry.

After a successful career in the public service for some 25 years, Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi joined the private sector. He had been Vice-President for human resource management and general service of Petronas, Malaysia's national petroleum company, and Executive Chairman of Kumpulan Meteor Sdn Bhd, a company jointly owned by all public universities, among various positions held. He became President and Chief Executive, concurrently Vice-Chancellor, of the Open University Malaysia in April 2001 until his untimely death from a heart attack.

For photographs of Tan Sri Abdullah Sanusi, visit our Flashback and Environmental Education Programme sections.