Dato’ Dr. M. Jegathesan Dato’ Dr. M. Jegathesan

Dato' Dr. M. Jegathesan was born on 2 November 1943 in Kuala Kangsar, Perak. He received his early education from Batu Road Primary School, Kuala Lumpur between the years 1950-1954.

He pursued his secondary education at Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur (1955) and Anglo Chinese School, Singapore (1956-1961). He then furthered his studies at the University of Singapore (1962-1967) and graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.). He also holds a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Bangkok (1969) and Diploma in Clinical Pathology (1971) from the University of London.

He began his service as a Houseman at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (1967-1968), as a Trainee Pathologist at the Institute of Medical Research (IMR), Kuala Lumpur (1968-1970) and afterwards became the Head of the Serology Division at the same Institute in November 1971. During the same month, he was also appointed as the Head of the Bacteriology Division (1971-1985). He was then appointed as the Head and Consultant Bacteriologist at the Laboratory Service Department, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. He returned to work in IMR as the Director and Consultant Bacteriologist (1988-1993) and his last position was as the Deputy Director General (Research and Technical Support) under the Ministry of Health Malaysia from 16 December 1993 till now.

In athletics, he was the national record holder for the 100m run with a time record of 10.38s and 400m run with a record of 46.3s. His excellent achievement in the 100m run in 1966 made him the fastest runner in Asia. The record was only successfully broken by Watson Nyambek during the 6th Malaysia Games (SUKMA) in Kuantan, Pahang in 1996 with a record of 10.31s. In 1996, he also competed in the 220-yard finals in Vill British, Commonwealth Games in Kingston, Jamaica. In addition he also competed in the Olympic Games in Tokyo (1964) and Mexico (1968).

he glory of this medical doctor in sports led to him being called ‘The Flying Doctor'. The first award he received was Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) in 1961. The year 1966 was a really momentous year for him as he was selected as the first person to receive the National Athlete award. He also received the Asia Amateur Athletic Award for being among the six all time best Asian athlete and Veterans Award by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (1993).

After retiring from athletics, he continued to contribute as a medical advisor for the Malaysian Amateur Athletics Union, Chairman of the Malaysian Olympics Council Drug Test Committee (since 1993), Member of the Commonwealth Games Federal Medical Commission (since 1993) and the Chairman of the Asian Amateur Athletics Association Medical Committee (since 1983). He also joined various state and international sporting bodies.

He was conferred the Dato' Paduka Mahkota Perak honorary award by the Sultan of Perak in 1992, which carries the title Dato'. In addition, he also received the National Science Award in 1995 for his achievement in discovering a bacterium in 1993, which was named after him - bacillus thuringiensis Sorovar Jegathesan.

Historical Narration on Malaysian Involvement in the Commonwealth Games and the Launching of the Commonwealth Games Book ‘Dari Hamilton ke Kuala Lumpur'
30 July 1998
Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Memorial
The National Archives of Malaysia