Barry Wain, journalist and author of ‘Malaysian Maverick’, dies aged 69

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Veteran Australian journalist Barry Wain, whose last published book was a biography of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, died today in a Singapore hospital.

Wain, a former journalist with the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review, died in a Singapore hospital at the age of 69.

He leaves behind his wife, Yvonne and son, David.

Considered by colleagues as a dedicated foreign journalist and old Asia hand, he was, at the time of his death, an Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) writer-in-residence in Singapore.

He had lived in Asia for more than 40 years and was a staff of the Far Eastern Economic Review in the 1970s.

Wain joined the Asian Wall Street Journal in 1976 and was its correspondent in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok in the early 1980s.

He later became the managing editor of the Asian Wall Street Journal.

His position in ISEAS allowed him the resources to write “Malaysian Maverick”, his biography of Dr Mahathir, considered by many observers as a balanced and informative account of the career of the former prime minister.