Rehman Rashid was born on October 24, 1955 in Taiping, Perak and died on June 3, 2017.
He was a prominent Malaysian journalist and writer.
He studied in the Malay College Kuala Kangsar, before pursuing a degree in Marine Biology at University College Swansea in Wales.
Rashid was well known at University for writing folk songs and performing them at every opportunity.
He became a journalist in 1981.
Before that, he worked with the Fisheries Research Institute in Penang and as a research associate with the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science of Universiti Putra Malaysia.
Then after seven years as Lead Writer and columnist with the New Straits Times, Malaysia’s leading English-language daily, Rashid joined Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong as a Senior Writer.
Rashid then left for a year in Bermuda, as a Senior Writer with the Bermuda Business magazine, before returning home to Malaysia to complete the book A Malaysian Journey.
Rashid was the Malaysian Press Institute’s Journalist of the Year for 1985, and Bermuda’s Print Journalist of the Year for 1991.
Rashid suffered a heart attack in January 2017 and was hospitalized at the Selayang Hospital.
Rehman Rashid passed away at 62 years old.