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Martin Khor – champion of global sustainability who did not forget Penang

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Penang Forum is deeply saddened and distressed by the loss of Martin Khor.

We grieve with his family especially his partner and Penang Forum committee member Meenakshi Raman.

Martin’s passing has been marked by an outpouring of tributes to the man, nationally and internationally from Geneva to India – for his intellect, his dedication, his principles and his strength.

Many have expounded on Martin’s unshakeable beliefs and his ability to work through the intricacies of international policies and smart-talking politicians, to separate the wheat from the chaff and to offer clear-sighted lines for our understanding. He championed many deserving causes especially on climate change and spoke out for those who did not have the ability to do so themselves.

In the last few years while he fought his illness, Martin still chose to give his full support and share his skills with Penang Forum. He shared planning meetings, analysed proposals and wrote strongly worded press articles about Penang’s mega-projects and the environmental and economic pitfalls they present. He also used his highly placed contacts at federal level to review these projects.

Martin and Meena have been at the core of Penang Forum’s attempts to bring about a more sustainable future for Penang. We are truly grateful, and we will miss him terribly.

Penang Forum steering committee
3 April 2020

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4 Apr 2020 7.48pm

My deepest condolence to Martin Khor’s family on his demise. He was one of the very few NGO leaders who stood for the downtrodden in society. He worked quietly with dedication and without much publicity. This country has lost a good human being who had worked tirelessly for humanity. May his soul Rest In Peace.

Zulfikar Aziz
Zulfikar Aziz
3 Apr 2020 5.16pm

A true blue Penangite who served by continuously striving against irresponsible political & commercial manipulations at local and international scenario.

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