Public health advisor
Datuk Dr M S Pillay is advisor to the Minister of Health, Malaysia. He was also the Director of the National Institutes of Health, comprising seven National Health Research Institutes. The Ninth Malaysia Plan for Health was planned and executed under his direction. Having graduated as a civil engineer, Datuk Dr Pillay went on to pursue his Masters in Public Health (MPH) and later completed his Doctorate in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organisation (WHO) on numerous occasions on preventive health and environmental health. He is well known professionally in Malaysia and internationally and chairs numerous Technical Committees.