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NUS mourns the passing of Pro-Chancellor Haji Ridzwan Dzafir

28 September 2011

The late NUS Pro-Chancellor Haji Ridzwan Dzafir

It was with great sadness that NUS received the news of the passing of our Pro-Chancellor Haji Ridzwan bin Haji Dzafir this morning.

"Mr Ridzwan's passing is a loss keenly felt by both the University and the nation," said NUS Acting President Prof Tan Eng Chye. "Not only has he rendered invaluable service to NUS as Pro-Chancellor, he is also well-recognised for his significant contributions as a veteran civil servant and diplomat."

Mr Ridzwan was appointed as NUS Pro-Chancellor in 1993. He attended the University of Malaya on a Raffles College scholarship and graduated in Economics. Starting out as a junior customs officer in 1952, he continued to serve in the civil service for over 40 years. He rose through the ranks of the Department of Trade before retiring in 1999 as Director-General of the Trade Development Board. Mr Ridzwan had also served as Singapore's Ambassador to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Panama, as well as the High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

Besides government service, Mr Ridzwan was also actively involved in leading the Muslim community. He was President of the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and the first Chief Executive Officer of Mendaki from 1986-90. He had been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold), the Public Service Star and the Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding contributions to the nation and community.