Human resource development through education and training is of critical importance for national development. At the time of Independence, the University of Malaya (UM) was the only University in the country, and it was tasked to produce the requisite manpower in various fields. UM has accomplished this task by producing graduates who have spearheaded the development of both the public and private sectors.

The role of the Faculty of Economics and Administration (FEA), and its predecessor the Department of Economics under the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has been substantial in this regard. The FEA has produced many alumni who have achieved excellence in all walks of life, including civil service, finance, education, manufacturing, construction, plantation, trade and commerce. The alumni of FEA have played a major role in nation building throughout the years. They have contributed significantly to the formulation and implementation of the nationís social and economic policies. Many have also been highly successful in business and industry.

This book is the first attempt to document the achievements of our alumni. The information for each these prominent alumni listed in this book was accessed from the Internet. Profiling successes and achievements is never an easy task.
Owing to the lack of information, we are unable to include many other alumni who are just as prominent and distinguished in their own field. We will continue to update the profiling of our prominent alumni. Please let us know of others who deserve to be recognized.

The quality of an academic institution is measured by the success of its graduates. We take great pride in the successes of our alumni and are delighted to be able to document their achievements. We hope that young Malaysians, and especially our current students at FEA, will find inspiration from this book and aspire to emulate the successes of their predecessors. Our distinguished alumni can play a meaningful and effective role in helping our young graduates make the transition from the lecture theaters to the world of work.

Professor Norma Mansor