Rehman Rashid

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Rehman Rashid (24 October 1955 – June 3, 2017) was a prominent Malaysian journalist and writer.

Personal life and career[edit]

Born in Taiping, Perak, Rehman studied in the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, before pursuing a degree in Marine Biology at University College Swansea in Wales.[1] He was well known at University for writing folk songs and performing them at every opportunity.

Rehman became a journalist in 1981. Prior to this, he worked with the Fisheries Research Institute in Penang and as a research associate with the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of Universiti Putra Malaysia.

After seven years as Leader Writer and columnist with the New Straits Times, Malaysia's leading English-language daily, he joined Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong as a Senior Writer. From there, he left for a year in Bermuda, as a Senior Writer with the Bermuda Business magazine, before returning home to Malaysia to complete the book A Malaysian Journey.

He was the Malaysian Press Institute's Journalist of the Year for 1985, and Bermuda's Print Journalist of the Year for 1991.

He suffered a heart attack in January 2017 and was hospitalized at the Selayang Hospital.[2] On June 3, 2017 he died at age 62.[3]


  1. ^ Khoo, Gaik Cheng; Cheng, Khoo Gaik (November 2006). Reclaiming Adat: contemporary Malaysian film and literature. NUS Press. p. 59. ISBN 978-9971-69-338-1. Retrieved 7 December 2010.
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  3. ^ "Veteran journalist Rehman Rashid dies". The Star Online. Retrieved 3 June 2017.