Friday, November 21, 2008

Moggie, Sarawak Leo Moggie

After I wrote a story of my school cat, Moggie. Many of my American readers did not know what Moggie is. There was a flurry of discussion in the forum.

Moggie in England and New Zealand refers to a cat. Piers Morgan used the word moggie during one of the Amercia Got talent show.

There is a very famous Moggie in Sarawak. He is not a cat. I read reading about him though I had left Sarawak for a long time. In a sense, we are both alumnis of New Zealand universities.

Malaysia Alumni Function - 1 April 2003
High Commissioner's Residence, Kuala Lumpur, 1 April 2003

The Otago spirit was strong in Kuala Lumpur on 1 April, when the New Zealand High Commissioner's Residence was once again opened to over 100 alumni guests. Joining the Vice-Chancellor in hosting the reception was the New Zealand Acting High Commissioner, David Pine (Otago BA (Hons) & LLB 1994).

Otago University has had connections with Malaysia since the early 1900s, and there have been students from Malaysia for over half a century now. The Vice-Chancellor was delighted by the many longstanding friendships which were renewed at this year's function. Among those attending were all four Malaysian honorary doctoral recipients, and several other alumni whose careers have made them well-known and highly respected in Malaysia.

Three of the four honorary doctoral recipients, one of them is YB Datuk Amar Dr Leo Moggie (BA 1964, MA 1965, Hon LLD 2000); YB

Datuk Amar Leo Moggie is the Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. He began his career as a Civil Servant in the Sarawak State Civil Service in 1966. His political career began in 1974 when he was elected as Member of Parliament and Member of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly. Datuk Amar Leo Moggie first became Minister in 1976 when he was appointed Minister for Welfare Services, State Government of Sarawak. In 1977, he was appointed the Minister of Local Government, State Government of Sarawak. He held the post for a year. Datuk Amar Leo Moggie became a Federal Minister in 1978, when he was made Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Malaysia, a post which he held for 12 years until 1989. He became Minister of Works, Malaysia from 1989 to 1995, after which he was re-appointed as Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts Malaysia. The Ministry was renamed Ministry of Energy, Communications and Multimedia effective 1 November 1998. On 10th December 1999, Datuk Amar Leo Moggie was re-appointed Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia in the new Cabinet line-up and has assumed the post since.

Datuk Amar Leo Moggie was born in the state of Sarawak, Malaysia in October 1941. He graduated with an M.A. in History from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1966, and an M.B.A from the Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A. in 1973. images/moggie.jpg

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