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Tan Sri Khoo Kay Kim (Chinese: 邱家金); 28 March 1937 – 28 May 2019) was a Malaysian historian of Chinese Malaysian descent. He was an emeritus professor in the History Department of the University of Malaya. Khoo Kay Kim was born in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia on March 28, 1937. He received a B.A., M.A., and a Ph.D. in 1959, 1967, and 1974 respectively from the University of Malaya. His doctoral thesis was entitled The Beginnings of Political Extremism in Malaya 1915-1935 (1974), where he was supervised by Kennedy G. Tregonning, the Raffles Professor of History at the University of Malaya. Khoo is one of the co-authors of Rukunegara. He is a highly regarded national academic for his views on local sports and socio-political issues.
In January 2011, Khoo was appointed Chancellor of KDU University College. On September 3, 2018, Kay Kim together with Animated Figures, Hassan Muttalib was the recipient of the Merdeka Award 2018 presented by Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah.
"What are your strongest memories of the place where you grew up?
We were so diverse and yet, so close. We grew up together without making serious distinctions among the races. I found that as I grew up, I had no communal feelings. And this is very important to me because when I work on Malaysian history, I can work on all three ethnic groups [that are predominant in the peninsula] unlike most [scholars] who would choose their own ethnic group."
Khoo Kay Kim died on 28 May 2019 at the University Malaya Medical Centre, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. He was 82 years old.