KUALA LUMPUR – May 25, 2019: Singapore journalist Ismail Kassim, known mainly for his coverage of politics in Malaysia and Singapore, died today at the Changi General Hospital after succumbing to cancer. The bachelor was 76.
The graduate from the National University of Singapore was also a general-secretary of the Singapore National Union of Journalists and vice-president of the Confederation of Asean Journalists.
According to the Straits Times, he initially worked as a teacher but entered journalism in his 30s, starting with the New Nation newspaper in 1972 before moving to the Straits Times in 1982, where he stayed until 1995.
Ismail was a familiar face in the political beat in KL in the 1980s, certainly at the Umno press conferences and the party’s annual general assembly.