Khay Jin … worked to identify strategies to eradicate poverty and improve employment and equity restructuring in Sabah and Sarawak.
He was never an arm-chair critic … he personally took part in a number of focus group discussions with communities … to obtain and analyse data and input from various stakeholders, including grassroots communities, and ensured that their voices were heard and taken into consideration in national and state planning.
Citation from the UN Invididual of the Year Award 2012
Khay Jin was a rare person of remarkable intelligence, talents and humanity whose friendship I am much indebted to. His typically original and iconoclastic analytical insights shed much precious light for our generation and others to come. This long overdue volume will help to make his work more widely accessible.
Prof KS Jomo, former UN assistant secretary general
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The moving tributes to Khay Jin in this volume tell readers that we have lost a towering yet unassuming intellectual whose sharp analytical mind has always been inspiring. His thought-provoking insights on indigenous peoples, society and politics, and reflections on the state of the world in his works remind us to always be humane, go beyond developmentalism, and work together for a better world.
Prof Abdul Rahman Embong, former principal fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and special advisor to the Malaysian Social Science Association