Mal J Nutr 20(1): IN MEMORIAM

Founding President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia

The Nutrition Society of Malaysia shares the loss of Dr Chong Yoon Hin, Founding President, who passed away on 30 January 2014, at the age of 82.
Dr Chong joined the Nutrition Division of the Institute for Medical Research in 1958. In 1965, he became the first Malaysian to be appointed as the Head the Nutrition Division in the IMRand took on the challenge of building up the Division with local scientists and technical staff. For almost 3 decades, he led the Division in conducting various nutrition investigations, ranging from undernutrition in the early days to the emergence of non-communicable diet-related diseases in the 1970s. His significant research contributions are clearly evident from the numerous publications on various areas of nutrition, notably in the area of lipid nutrition and community nutrition.
Recognising the need for a professional body in the field of nutrition in the country, Dr Chong initiated the formation of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia in 1985. He was elected the Founding President of NSM and led the promotion of nutrition science in the country. For the advancement of nutrition science in the region, Dr Chong led the NSM in organizing the 6th Asian Congress of Nutrition (ACN) in 1991. It was a remarkable success, recognising that NSM was a "young" nutrition society of less than 5 years old. Dr Chong is credited with setting the foundation for the growth and expansion of this professional body in the country, and in the promotion of nutrition science and community nutritional wellbeing.
The contributions of Dr Chong Yoon Hin to the birth and growth of nutrition in the country will always be remembered and valued. As founder of nutrition in Malaysia, he has paved the way for us to further promote nutrition in the country. We should continue the work that he has started and ensure that nutrition is strengthened and recognised as an important discipline in health promotion and maintenance by all health workers in the country.

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