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Tan Sri Dr. Othman Bin Yeop Abdullah

Translation by Syed Zulfilda S.M. Noor


Tan Sri Dr. Othman Yeop Abdullah was born on the 13th of September 1941 in Alor Setar, Kedah. He received his secondary education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Setar. He went for further studies at the University of Malaya and graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Management. Later he continued his studies at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom, graduated with an Advance Diploma in Development Administration. Subsequently, he enrolled himself at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976 for a Master's degree in Management. In 1984, he graduated with a Doctorate in Management from the University of California (Irvine), USA.


  • Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (1965-1969)
  • Principal Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (1969-1970)
  • Principal Assistant Director, Public Services Department
  • Head, Employees Development Centre, INTAN (1974-1975)
  • Deputy Director, INTAN (1976-1980)
  • Deputy Secretary-General II, Ministry of Education (1985-1986)
  • Director-General of MAMPU (September 1986)
  • Secretary-General, Ministry of Power, Telecommunication and Post (1988)
  • Vice Chancellor, Northern University of Malaysia (UUM) (1989)
  • Secretary-General, Ministry of Primary Industries (April 1993)
  • Executive Chairman, Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC)
  • Secretary, International Advisory Panel, Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC)
  • Board Member, 'International Steering Committee' Exxon Education Grant (1976-1980)
  • Advisor and Consultant to UNICEF and Asia Pacific Development Centre (1976-1980)
  • President of Management Science Operation Research of Malaysia
  • Chairman of IRPA Committee, in the field of social science research
  • Member, Malaysia National Council for Service Operation Research Society
  • Member, National Information Technology Council (NITC)
  • Member, International Advisory Council of WIPO, Geneva (July 1993-30 June 1996)

Tan Sri Dr. Othman Yeop is also a well-known intellectual, whose thoughts have been published in many articles, books and magazines, and among them are 'Developing Corporate Strategies for Public Enterprises' (1978), 'Strengthening the Evaluation System for Rural Development Programme in Asia' (1982), 'Improving Efficiency and Service of Public Sector' (1978), 'Allocation of Functions and Responsibilities Between Levels of Governments in Malaysia' (1987), 'Modernizing the Administrative Machinery to provide the Critical Support' (1988), 'Human Resource Development for Industrialization' (1990), and 'The Impacts of Information Technology on Human Society' (1991).

In appreciation of his services and contributions, he was bestowed a number of awards, among which are the Kesatria Mangku Negara (K.M.N.) in 1978, the Dato' Setia DiRaja Kedah (D.S.D.K.) in 1989, the Johan Mangku Negara (J.M.N.) in 1989 and the Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.), which carries the title Tan Sri.

In the academic field, he was awarded the Alfred P. Solan Fellowship by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1975-76, the 'Chancellor's Patent Fund Award' by the University of California, Irvine, USA in 1983-84, the 'Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree' by the Loughbrough University and an 'Honorary Doctorate in Information Technology by the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM).

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