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Academic giant Royal Prof Ungku Aziz dies at 98
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Royal Professor Ungku Abdul Aziz Abdul Hamid, the first Malaysian appointed as the vice-chancellor of University of Malaya and its longest-serving, has died today at 98 of old age.

Ungku Aziz, who was also the father of former Bank Negara Malaysia governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar, was earlier admitted to Prince Court Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 4.30pm today.

Astro Awani quoted the late academic’s wife, Rohayah Ahmad Bahiran, saying that the body will be taken to Masjid At-Taqwa in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here where he will be buried tonight.

Ungku Aziz held his post at the UM between 1968 and 1988, and was awarded the title of Royal Professor in 1978 — the sole Malaysian so far to hold the title.

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