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Another Brain Drain From Malaysia

When a famous brain drain make it big in his or her adopted country. Malaysia will quickly jump to report that he or she is a Malaysian. Sadly they have to make it, and for this case of Dr Ratnam to contribute so much for the community. How nice if he did not migrated and be part of the community in Malaysia.

Why some Malaysian Migrated? The answer is known to everyone since 1970 and for last 39 years we have lose million of able Malaysian. Sadly nothing change to stop this brain drain
MELBOURNE, Aug 18 (Bernama) - The city of Ipswich, about 40km from Brisbane, has dedicated a new 18-hectare park in Redbank Plains to a much-loved Malaysian doctor who has served the local community for more than 35 years.

Mayor of Ipswich Paul Pisasale said the park was named after Dr Kamalakaran 'Harry' Ratnam "to celebrate his professionalism, dedication, loyalty and compassion to the Ipswich community".

"Dr Ratnam, who arrived in Australia, and in Ipswich in 1981 with his wife Raji after an invitation from the Agent General of Queensland in England, has served the community ever since, and I believe it is fitting for this magnificent park to be named after him," he said.

In 2007, Dr Ratnam, who is the younger brother of former judge R. K. Nathan and a first cousin of billionaire Tan Sri T. Ananda Krishnan, was awarded the prestigious Order of Australia Medal on the Queen's birthday honours list for service to medicine in Ipswich.

"I never dreamed in my life that I would get an Order of Australia and then a park named after me," he said. "I never expected to be rewarded in this way." Dr Ratnam, who had his early education at St John's Institution, Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur completed his schooling in Dublin, Ireland. He then entered the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians in Dublin, graduating in 1977.

Since coming to Ipswich, Dr Ratnam has served on many health and welfare committees, especially with the elderly.

It even prompted Jo-Ann Miller, Queensland State parliamentary secretary to the minister of health, to refer Dr Ratnam as "an absolute hero" in Queensland State Parliament in April 29, 2004.

Ipswich city coucillor Victor Attwood, who proposed the park be named after Dr Ratnam, said he did it "in celebration of the work done in this area by Dr Harry Ratnam".

Queensland multi-millionaire Maha Sinnathamby, formerly of Rembau, Negeri Sembilan said Dr Ratnam should be "very proud of his achievements".

"The whole community of Ipswich loves this man. He has done a lot for them," said Sinnathamby, who has a boulevard named after him.

Most of the 200 people who attended the launch of the park at the weekend were Dr Ratnam's patients.



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