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This special issue is a tribute to the late Professor Osman Rani Hassan for his vast contribution to Malaysian economics education and research. Osman-Rani was born on 11 December 1942. Though trained as a language teacher, he subsequently studied economics as an undergraduate student at the University of Malaya. He graduated in 1970, and worked as a school teacher for a year before joining Lembaga Kemajuan Perindustrian Persekutuan (Federal Industrial Development Board, now called the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority). Six months later, he made a career change as a tutor initially, in the Department of Economics and Commerce (later known as the Faculty of Economics and Management) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).
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