• 1 Chan Chee Khoon, Professor (Health & Social Policy) Center for Policy Research & International Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 Penang, Malaysia. Email:


CenPRIS Working Paper No. 129/10 (July 2010)
Republished in: An Uncommon Hero. p308-320
Dr M K Rajakumar fought the good fight on many fronts. In the 1970s, with domestic left-wing politics on the ebb, Dr Rajakumar shifted his energies to another arena of human endeavor he was passionate about, health and medical care for the needful. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Dr Rajakumar worked tirelessly to advance primary care medicine and to raise the standard of its practice in Malaysia and in the region. This article explores his writings on primary care within the context of an emerging population health perspective. KEYWORDS: MK Rajakumar, primary care, population health, biomedical sciences, politics