Arasaratnam Sekarajasekaran -Engineering ( GOPIO International Excellence Award 2010 )
What's remarkable about Arasaratnam Sekarajasekaran is, he has become a public health engineer who is world renown for his expertise in Environmental Engineering.
One way to describe him is is enthusiastic affable, and in a way anyone who meets him, makes them wish they could muster up half the energy Sekarajasekaran has.
Sekarajasekaran, married to Dr.Sunita Vethavanam and has two children, Dr. Devanitha and Sharmila. Dr. Devanitha is a consultant pediatrician in England; the other Sharmila is a lawyer and a well-known social worker in Malaysia.
Sekarajasekaran's experience started with this first career in public service in 1951, in the Public Works Department. After more than two and half decade, in 1977, his vast experiences as he had already acquired such specialized skills in all areas within his field of activity especially in the design supervision of numerous water supply systems throughout Malaysia. His commitment made him to be transferred to the Ministry of Health where he remained till 1983.
His establishment here in terms of innovative approaches to public health issues earned him recognition as a pioneer in the field of public health engineering.
During his sixteen year challenging tenure in the Ministry of health he took the responsibility to implement various health and environmental engineering programs, most notably the national “Rural Water Supply and Sanitation program”. This achievement marked a reduction in the incidence of waterborne diseases and infant mortality that the World Health Organization rated it as one of the best-planned programs in the WHO Western Pacific Region.
Sekarajasekaran's heightened his achievements by planning and implementing of the National Drinking Water Quality Surveillance Program as well as the Master Plan for Sewerage and Drainage for fourteen major cities and towns throughout the country.
His unrivalled in-depth expertise resulted in his appointment as the Secretary of the Committee responsible for drafting the Environmental Quality. Act, 1974, the Drainage and Sanitary Plumbing By laws, 1978, the Palm Oil Effluent Regulations 1977, the Amendment to the Waters Enactment 1964 to control the pollution of rivers and the formulation of a National Policy on Sewerage services before the implementation of the Sewerage Services Act 1994.
Sekarajasekaran also committed himself towards contributing to the Amendment of the Radioactive Substances Act 1968 and Regulations for the Licensing Monitoring and Implementation of Radiation Protection Service.
Sekarajasekaran, as Director of the Ministry's Engineering Services, directed the planning and implementation of Hospital Engineering Services and Radiation Protection Services, the latter encompassing licensing and monitoring of radiation protection programs in Government and Private Hospitals, and Medical Clinics in Malaysia.
After all his years of unconditional effort and hard work, and appreciating and appreciating his tasks as part of corporate social responsibility, in April 2008, he was made an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and awarded BCEE in recognition for his contribution to Environmental Engineering in Malaysia.
His other commitments include serving as Consultant to the World Health Organization, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Republic of China.