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    Malaysia's prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, died from leukaemia in a London hospital on Wednesday (14 January).

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    Malaysia's prime Minister, Tun Abdul Razak, died from leukaemia in a London hospital on Wednesday (14 January).

    Aged 53, he was Malaysia's second Prime Minister since the country became independent. After serving a 15-year apprenticeship as Deputy Prime Minister to Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak succeeded to the Premiership in 1970.

    Speculation abut his health had been growing in Malaysia since he left the county hurriedly for medical treatment in Europe on 17 December, when a French airliner made an unscheduled stopover in Kuala Lumpur to pick him up.

    He went into the London Clinic for treatment, but was later allowed by his doctors to go to a hotel. According to Malaysian sources he went back into hospital earlier this week.

    Tun Razak's body lay in state for two hours at the Malaysian High Commission before leaving London for Kuala Lumpur on a special plane.

    Tun Razak was once a civil servant and was an organisation man who liked to study problems thoroughly before making decisions. He was happiest in contact with people he knew well and with whom there was no necessity for small talk. During his period in office he swung his country from a strong pro-western stance towards a more non-aligned policy and established diplomatic relations with China.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAUY5PZNGAF5ZJ1XVEJ93BPSXK
    Media URN:
    VLVAUY5PZNGAF5ZJ1XVEJ93BPSXK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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