MAS first chairman GK Rama Iyer dies at 88

GK Rama Iyer held a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. (cimbfoundation.com pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The first chairman of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) GK Rama Iyer passed away this morning. He was 88.

His daughter, Lavanya Rama Iyer, when confirming this, said the cremation will be held at the Jalan Kuari Municipal Crematorium (Cheras) at noon on Thursday.

“The cortege will leave the house at Ampang at 11am the same day,” she said when contacted by Bernama.

Rama Iyer was the MAS chairman from 1970 to 1973 after Malaysia Singapore (MSA) Airlines became two separate airlines. He was then succeeded by Raja Mohar Raja Badiozaman.

Rama Iyer, who held a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, did much for the civil service under leading figures of the day, including the late Tunku Abdul Rahman and Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman.

His last post in government before his retirement was secretary-general of the primary industries ministry.

Born in Penang, the ex-student of Penang Free School was also the founder director of Malaysian International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC).

He also served as director of CIMB Bank Berhad and its antecedents from 1987 to 2012.

He is survived by four children, two grandchildren and wife Vijaya Rama Iyer.