G25’s Redzuan Khushairi dies at 69

PETALING JAYA: Former ambassador and G25 member Redzuan Kushairi died today at the age of 69.

FMT learnt that Redzuan, who is the Dato Shah Bandar and a member of the Perak Royal Council, passed away this afternoon after suffering a heart attack.

Redzuan, the former Malaysian ambassador to Uzbekistan, graduated in International Relations and History from Universiti Malaya before furthering his studies at Moscow State University in Russia.

From 1972 to 1996, he served in the Malaysian diplomatic corps.

Rezduan also served as deputy permanent representative at the Malaysian Mission to the United Nations, deputy high commissioner in the UK, first secretary/head of chancery in Washington DC, and second secretary in Moscow.

He worked as the special assistant to former foreign ministers, the late Ghazali Shafie and Tengku Ahmad Rithauddeen.

Former G25 member Tawfik Ismail described Redzuan as a “good friend”.

“He was very helpful in laying out issues of the day. With his background in the foreign service, he was able to give an international perspective on local issues.

“He was a very friendly person – he was really easy to talk to and he gave very good advice to everyone.”

Tawfik said Redzuan, a moderate who was unafraid to speak his views, had served G25 well. He added that Redzuan’s passing was a big loss to the group as well as the nation.