It’s time to become fascinated with the history of Pos Malaysia, in particular the man who had made a lot of modifications, such as the establishment of the national postal code, the introduction of mini-post offices and the obligatory need of letterboxes built on the ground floor of high-rise buildings.
M.Rajasingam served as Director-general of Pos Malaysia for 10 years until his retirement in 1986.
Rajasingam joined the Postal Services Department in 1956 as an Assistant Postal Controller. In 1969 he was Postal Controller in Malaysia and Postal Savings Bank in Singapore before being promoted to Postal Controller (Operations) and promoted to Deputy Director General of Malaysia Post in 1975.
On 7th June 2014, the man behind Malaysia’s postcode system finally obtained proper appreciation in developing the country’s postal service.
At the age of 83, he was presented with the Darjah Panglima Jasa Negara (PJN) titled “Datuk” from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Rajasingam was responsible for many reforms in the postal service during his period. While recognition is significant, Rajasingam did not expect anything in exchange for merely performing his duties.
“I didn’t canvass for any titles, I just did my job, but I’m glad to receive it this time,” he said.
Only Kuala Lumpur had a postcode back then but he was very keen to expand it to the entire nation.
“My superiors weren’t ready to do such a massive task, so when I took over as Director-General in 1976, I headed a committee to get it initiated. As I was close to the French postal authorities, they agreed to send an officer to help us formulate postal codes for all parts of the country,” Rajasingam said.
He said that while a lot of hard work had been undertaken within the framework of the national postal code, it remained important to make postal operations easier.
He said the system made the task of sorting mail simpler, as it was easier for machines to identify numbers.
If it were not his idea to implement the postal code, employees working in Pos Malaysia now would not have been at ease.
After his retirement, he went to law school and was called to the Malaysian bar in 1994. In 2002, he had a heart attack and was hospitalised for several months.
“I could not walk, and I had to start all over again. It took a lot of willpower and I started working at home,” he said.
Now, the retired Pos Malaysia revolutionary Rajasingam spends his time reading, gardening and writing papers on his legal experience.
It is indeed empowering to hear of Rajasingam’s vision that turned into a reality. It undoubtedly encourages us to work and do our best now, so that the future generations would have it better.
Source: The Star