PETALING JAYA: Ahmad A Talib, former group editor of New Straits Times, passed away today following a battle with cancer. He was 69.
Ahmad died at 5.42pm at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). His remains were taken to Masjid Al-Muqarrobin in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur, for prayers and buried at the Raudhatul Sakinah Muslim cemetery at Kem Perdana Sungai Besi.
Beginning as a reporter with Bernama in 1972, the veteran journalist then joined NST and progressed in his career before being appointed group editor in 1998.
He was redesignated as group general manager, communications and editorial marketing in 2004, and retired early in 2005.
He had also served as an executive director for Media Prima Bhd from 2009 to 2014.
Ahmad was well-known as a social activist and was on the board of trustees of the Salam Foundation, an NGO.
He is survived by his wife, Nur Shima Daud, 66, four children and a granddaughter.
Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah and Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin were among those who extended their condolences to the family.
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