Khoo Kay Kim

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Khoo Kay Kim

Khoo Kay Kim speaking at a small public discussion in February 2009
Native name
Born(1937-03-28)28 March 1937
Died28 May 2019(2019-05-28) (aged 82)
ResidencePetaling Jaya[1]
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
Spouse(s)N. Sri Rathimalar (1966–2019)[1]
Children3 sons, including Mavin Khoo
Parent(s)Khoo Soo Jin (Father)
Chuah Gaik See (Mother)

Tan Sri Dr. Khoo Kay Kim (Chinese: 邱繼金; pinyin: Qiū Jiājīn; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Khu Ke-kim; 28 March 1937 – 28 May 2019) was a Malaysian historian of Chinese descent. He was honoured with Emeritus Professor title by the University of Malaya in 2001. In January 2011, Khoo was appointed Chancellor of KDU University College.[2]


Khoo Kay Kim was born to Peranakan Chinese parents in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia on 28 March 1937. He received a B.A., M.A., and a Ph.D. in 1959, 1967, and 1974 respectively from the University of Malaya. His doctoral thesis was entitled The Beginnings of Political Extremism in Malaya 1915-1935 (1974), where he was supervised by Kennedy G. Tregonning, the Raffles Professor of History at the University of Malaya. Khoo was one of the co-authors of Rukunegara. He was a highly regarded national academic for his views on local sports and socio-political issues.[3]

He was the father of traditional arts and culture advocate Eddin Khoo and dancer Mavin Khoo.


Khoo died of lung failure on 28 May 2019, Tuesday morning at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor at the age of 82.[4][5]


Awards and accolades[edit]

  •  Malaysia:
    • The 10th "Tokoh Akademik Negara" of the National Academic Awards or Anugerah Akademik Negara (AAN) (2017)[6][7]
    • Merdeka Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement (2018)[8]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

Places named after him[edit]

In July 2019, the Selangor state government with the consent of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decided to renamed Jalan Semangat in Petaling Jaya as Jalan Prof. Khoo Kay Kim in honouring the Khoo's contributions during his life.[11]

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Autobiography I, KKK published 2017 [12]


  1. ^ a b “We were not an ordinary country”, Deborah Loh, 17 October 2011, The Nut Graph
  2. ^ KDU UC's website
  3. ^
  4. ^ Daryl Goh (28 May 2019). "Historian Khoo Kay Kim, 82, passes on from lung failure". The Star Online. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  5. ^ Beatrice Nita Jay (28 May 2019). "(UPDATE) Historian Khoo Kay Kim passes away". New Straits Times. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  6. ^ "AAN-Tokoh Akademik Negara-JPT" (in Malay). JPT MOHE. Retrieved 16 October 2018.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  7. ^ "Building on talent and skill". The Star Online. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  8. ^ Farhana Joni (3 September 2018). "Kay Kim, Hassan penerima Anugerah Merdeka 2018" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 16 October 2018.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  9. ^ a b c d "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia).
  10. ^ Eugene Khoo (25 November 2012). "Khoo Kay Kim 邱家金". Overseas Chinese in the British Empire Blog. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  11. ^ "PJ's Jalan Semangat renamed to Jalan Professor Khoo Kay Kim". New Straits Times. 4 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  12. ^ Khoo, Kay Kim (13 April 2017), " exclusive: Excerpt from Khoo Kay Kim's memoir, 'I, KKK'", The Star

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