A longtime Journalist, Subramaniam Harihar, Passed away at 79

A longtime Journalist, Subramaniam Harihar, Passed away at 79

Subramaniam Harihar, a longtime journalist in Malaysia has covered the country’s period of extraordinary economic growth for the Associated Press. Subramaniam used the byline Hari Subramaniam for his AP stories and was known as Maniam to his friends.

Malaysian Journalist Subramaniam dies at 79

A long-time journalist, Subramaniam Harihar in Malaysia who covered the country’s period of extraordinary economic growth for The Associated Press has died at the age of 79.

The cause of his death is unknown. He died on 22 August 2022.

Harihar’s Career in Journalism

He joined the AP in 1970 and covered events including the 1975 hostage-taking by the Japanese Red Army at the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Subramaniam launched his Journalism career 62 years ago in 1960 at the age of 17.

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He joined the local Malayan Times three years after the country’s independence from Britain. He then moved to United Press International and then to The Associated Press.

Subramaniam was also devoted to Indian music and enjoyed opening his home for concerts by visiting performers.

Tribute to Subramaniam by Various Personalities

Mort Rosenblum, a retired AP foreign correspondent said, “Back in the dark days, we ignorant outsiders dispatched from New York had a term of underpaid, underappreciated bureau reporters who connected us with complex realities. Anyone who still uses it has never met Hari Subramaniam.”

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Denis Gray, AP’s former bureau chief in Thailand says, “He knew everything about Malaysia that there was to know.”

Rosenblum also said, “ People with things to hide opened to him, unfailingly, until they detected a relentless hard-ass reporter at work.”

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