The passing of Dato’ Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin

June 23, 2013

Waldorf-Astoria, New York City

Dr Kamsiah and I are saddened by the loss of a dear friend, Economist Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin, Chief Executive, ISIS Malaysia, who was laid to rest at Bukit Kiara Cemetery today. She will be remembered by all who were privileged to know her as a competent and dedicated professional. Our condolences to her bereaved family. Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat keatas roh Allahyarmah Mahani. Al-Fatihah.–Din Merican.

June 23, 2013

Farewell to Economist Dato Mahani Zainal Abidin of ISIS Malaysia

Economist Dato’ Dr Mahani Zainal Abidin, who died of cancer at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Hospital (HUKM) this afternoon, was laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery at 9pm tonight.

Mahani is survived by husband, Hamidon Howell Miller and son, James Imran Miller. James Imran described her as a great mother who tried her best to motivate others.”She was always a cheerful and happy person,” he added.

Dr Mahani Zainal AbidinAside from being considered as an outstanding economist and a leader in public policy, Mahani was also one of the brains behind the formulation of the New Economic Model (NEM) and was involved in the formulation of policies during the 1998 economic crises.

Mahani obtained her doctorate in development economics from the University of London in 1992 and was Professor in the Department of Applied Economics at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until 2007.

Dr Mahani was also the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS).

In 2001, she was appointed the head of the Special Consultancy team on Globalisation of the National Economic Action Council and from 2005 to 2007, was the Higher Education Ministry deputy director-general (Private Institution of Higher Learning).

She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the 1Malaysia Foundation, a commissioner of the Public Land Transport Commission, the deputy president of the Malaysian Economic Association and a member of the International Steering Committee for the Pacific Trade and Development (PAFTAD).

15 thoughts on “The passing of Dato’ Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin

  1. Din.
    She was from Johore but finish her school at Sekolah Menengah Sultan Abdul Halim,Jitra.

    Al fatihah to her soul.

  2. Walau tinggi mana pun pencapaian akedemik dan sumbangan pd dunia tapi sayang selama hayat dia suruhan Pencipta yg paling basic tutup aurat gagal dilaksanakan. Semoga allahyarhamah sempat bertaubat dan diterima. Suami yg tinggal yg menanggung dosa2 allahyarhamah diberi hidayah utk bertaubat.


    Sesiapa yang percaya cara-cara melakukan ibadat melalui sumber Al-Quran sahaja teruskan.

    Sesiapa yang percaya bahawa segala ibadat boleh dilakukan melalui sumber Al-Quran dan Hadis sahaja pun boleh teruskan.

    Sesiapa sahaja yang fikir bahawa segala ibadat itu hanya boleh dilaksanakan dengan cara merujuk kepada Al-Quran, Hadis dan Sunnah sila teruskan.

    Yang penting semua orang suka melakukan ibadat yang telah ditetapkan oleh agama masing-masing mengikut cara yang mereka sendiri faham dan yakin akan diterima Allah swt.

    Sesiapa yang malas hendak menuntut ilmu untuk mencari kebenaran dengan diri mereka sendiri boleh bermula dengan meniru sahaja seperti majoriti orang lain buat.

    Yang penting selagi hidup masing-masing sedang menuju kepada kesempurnaan mengikut tahap dan derajat dan kemampuan masing-masing.

    Hanya mereka yang sedar dan perasan bahawa mereka sedang memperbodohkan diri sendiri akan berubah dan akan tertarik untuk memperbaiki segala amalan mereka sendiri.

    Tiada jalan-jalan mudah untuk menuju ke syurga melainkan mesti melalui jurang-jurang neraka dahulu.

    Kita doakan keselamatan didunia dan diakhirat atas seluruh muslimin-muslimat serta mu’minin-mu’minat semoga sentiasa diberi rahmat dan keampunan olehNya. Amin.

    Jangan jadi orang berfikiran yang sempit dan kolot. Wassalam.

  3. She will be remembered for the genuine goodness that came from within her. She will be rewarded accordingly. R.I.P

  4. It’s sad to lose her so soon. Dato, well rebutted.

    Saya tidak nampak Allahyarhamah mendedah aurat . Aurat itu hanya dinampak oleh pemerhati yang berkepala hotak jijik.

    Tapi saya perhati orang saperti ini masuk masjid dlm pakaian tak sempurna, mungkin juga tercemar najis, Adakah ibadah mereka diterima?

    Samada diterima atau tidak bukan urusan kita. Ia adalah diantara Allah swt dengan individu . Siapakah kita menghukum , menilai manusia lain. Walaubagaimanapun jangan sampai memfitnah Allah, Al-Quran,
    dan Nabi Muhamamd saw didalam ketaksuban kita didalam hal2 dunia ini.

  5. setiap manusia,… ada kebaikan dan keburukan.. masing2 bertanggungjwab atas hal diri sendiri,… nak bagi nasihat.. sebaiknya semasa seseorang itu masih bernafas… ditegah kita membuka keburukan/aib orang, insyallah, Allah akan menutup aib kita juga.

  6. I do not know Dr Mahani personally but I know she was amongst the 10 academics sitting in my presentation of my MBA research paper back in mid 90s at UM… very sharp and attentive and asked several very incisive questions until I also goyang… may she R.I.P. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

  7. Setiap insan itu bertanggungjawab diatas segalan yang kita lakukan diatas dunia yang fana’a ini sebelum kita dijemput mengadap Allah SWT. Setiap amalan yang kita lakukan tentunya akan dinilai dan menentukan azab dan nikmat yang akan kita terima dialam akhirat. Pada waktu itu bukan sahaja mulut, malah semua anggota badan kita yang lain akan menjadi saksi diatas semua perbuatan yang kita lakukan.

    Beruntunglah mereka mereka yang menjadi hambaNya yang sentiasa bersyukur diatas segala nikmat dan bersabar diatas segala ujian dan musibah yang terjadi. Semoga kita menjadi orang yang soleh dan solehah, mengerjakan apa yang disuruh dan meninggalkan apa yang dilarang. Hendaknya kita mendapat hidayah dan nditunjukkan kejalan yang benar.

  8. Razzi,
    One simple question : Honest question to yourself. No need to bersumpah to Allah. Do you acheive everything you have said? Yes or No? The Allah I believe is very clear one. Wrong means wrong however small it’s. One small mistake makes you a sinner. Ah so… can figure from there. Okay la never mind la. You are very sure, you never make big mistakes in your life.
    Even a white lie is a lie & a sin. Sin means death. Ask CLF!

  9. Looes,
    Sorry I don’t understand what you meant in your above comments and I do not intend to discuss matters pertaining to your belief. However if you wish to indulge in Islamic thinking, I suggest you read more books on basic Islamic philosophy. Later once you understood well about Islam, suggest you do more reading perhaps about Islamic sufism and thinking. You may find it difficult to digest on such heavy topics like sufism though . May God blessed you in your quest for greater knowledge about this religion, and perhaps one day you are enlightened…God willing…Amen.

  10. The late Mahani is a true Malaysianist. She has done well for her country and people ; irrespective of race , religion, beliefs , creed or colour or wealth. The odds are she will do just as well in the next world as well. A good soul with a kind heart never gets discounted by God.
    Thanks for this tribute, I am now in Washington DC. My wife and I arrived from New York. Except for the haze, trust everything is okay in Kuala Lumpur. –Din Merican

  11. I come in a bit late here, because I was overseas. I would surely agree with horse about the good soul, and Allah’s measures are with equally good recompense, for He is the Lord of the Universe.
    Al Razzi, you want to talk about Islamic Sufism, are you sure they are not in contradiction ? Well…..allow me to say this : what is Sufism people ask, and there is no easy answer. One of the ‘final’ aphorism of Sufism is : SUFISM IS NOTHING, YET EVERYTHING….. go figure out and solve the Riddle. Yet I say, it may take ten lifetimes, or hundreds, OR, if grace is bestowed, it can be in just one life=time ! Don’t believe ? Try read and understand the Great Guru, Guru Nanak, and I would say his followers have misunderstood him. So too like Gautama & Confuci or Lao Tzu, I dare say they are equally treated in Islam as minor prophets who ALSO are mini-messengers of God – how people & followers have misunderstood or misinterpreted their Great Teachings is a very long narratives, and that will be in accordance with each soul’s journey to seek as Seekers of Truth, which is the journey of the INDIVIDUAL, and not of the Collective…..
    So please do not belittle or under-rate Dr Mahani, or the good souls of others, or of people of other ‘religions’, for God is the final Arbiter – not man !

  12. PS. I meant to say : Allah’s recompense will be with measure for measure, each in accordance to the evolution of his soul, what it has earned, viz – To each his own, unto each his due…. ( not the collective ), as the universal law laid out by the Supreme Will….it shall be known and made manifest…..

  13. Mahani was such a pillar on economic issues in Malaysia. A sound micro- and macroeconomist, she was a rare scholar who chose to leave the university during her forties to advice our government. With such a rare mind I was often telling my friends that she was a big loss to University of Malaya when she left in the 1990s, but now she will no longer be with us in this mortal world.

    My sincere condolence to James Imran Miller and Hamidon Howell Miller

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