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.
Aside 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).