Monday, July 2, 2012
Tan Sri Dato' Dr. M. Jegathesan
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M Jegathesan is medical doctor with specialist qualifications in pathology and currently holds various professional positions, namely, Laboratory Director at Sunway Hospital, Consultant Microbiologist and Gribbles’ Pathology and Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research at Mahsa University College.
In addition Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M Jegathesan is also the Chairman of OCM Services Sdn Bhd and Director of CCM Duopharma Biotech Bhd and IntraGlobal Communications Sdn Bhd. Previously he served in the Ministry of Health, a career spanning over 30 years culminating in the posts of Director of its Institute for Medical Research and latterly Deputy Director General (Research and Technical Support). During this time he also served on numerous occasions as consultant and adviser to international agencies such as the World Health Organization, the UNDP associated Council for Health Research for Development.
To sports aficionados, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M Jegathesan is fondly remembered as ‘The Flying Doctor’ for blazing the tracks around Asia and being the first Malaysian to win an Asian Games gold medal in Jakarta 1962 for 200 meters, then winning 3 gold medals at the next Asian Games in Bangkok. He was also the first Malaysian to enter semi-final stage of an Olympic event in 1964 and repeated that in Mexico in 1968 setting at that time a national record that stands to this day. Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M Jegathesan is currently the President of the Malaysian Association of Doping Control Officers (MASDOCS), the Medical Advisor and a member of the Executive Board of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Chairman of Medical Committee and a member of the Executive Board of the Olympic Council of Asia.
Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. M Jegathesan has constantly managed to balance his academic and sporting interests and career and this perhaps best attested by his unique achievement of winning two national awards - The Sportsman of The Year Award in 1966 and The National Science Award in 1995.