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(File pix) The passing of country’s prominent historian, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim is a huge loss to the country. Bernama Photo

SEREMBAN: The passing of country’s prominent historian, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Dr Khoo Kay Kim is a huge loss to the country.

In a statement issued by Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) Strategic Communications Center, it has described Khoo as a glorious gem in the academic world.

“A respected historian, his great contributions to the development of the country is undeniable.

“He was instrumental in strengthening the appreciation towards country’s history on different level of education,” it said.

“He was also known as someone who would express his views firmly and sincere in voicing his opinions without taking sides, a criteria that had further nailed his position as a respected figure in the country.

“His departure is not only felt by his family members but also to all Malaysians especially academicians in the country. USIM would like to extend our condolences to the late Khoo’s family for the loss,” it said.

Khoo passed away today following a brief illness. He was 82.

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