Wednesday, 19 January 2011

1. Dr Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak (1889-1956)

Dr Abdul Latiff bin Abdul Razak (1889-1956)

Date of birth: 1889
Place of birth: Pasir Penambang, Kuala Selangor
Date of death: 1956
Place of death:
Place of burial:

British Malaya = Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States
VI = Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur
GHKL became HKL

He had survived two World Wars
First Malay doctor of British Malaya 1910
Medical Assistant in Klang, Kajang, Pekan, Kuantan, and Kuala Lumpur
Medical Officer at General Hospital Kuala Lumpur (GHKL)
Justice of Peace (JP) 1950
Honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) 1951
Recipient of the VI (Diamond) Jubilee Gift Award 1954
"Latiff Shield" was donated to VI in his honour
Dr Latiff Road is in the grounds of Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL)
Asrama Doktor Latiff (hostel) was demolished
Perpustakaan Dr Abdul Latiff is the UKM medical library at Jalan Pahang, (adjacent to HKL)
He is of Bugis ancestry, descended from Raja Besar Bugis from Pulau Sanghie in Sulawesi.

Author's notes:
  1. Managed to contact a few of his relatives.
  2. His date of graduation as given by his relatives (1910) is a year earlier than that (1911) published by the NUS in To Sail Uncharted Seas (2005). The correspondent relative has verified and has evidence of his diploma, the LMS of 1910 (not 1911 as published).
  3. The correspondent has informed that only a few photos of him exist; others have been destroyed by floods which hit Kuala Lumpur.
  4. The family tree is intact and updated but will not be made available to public as some family members prefer to remain unknown.
  5. List of photos available:
    • Dr Abdul Latiff bin Datuk Abdul Razak (B/W portrait)
    • His wife (portrait)
    • Him receiving the MBE (published records indicated MBE, not OBE as informed by the correspondent)
    • His wife with sons
    • Asrama Doktor Latiff (faded)
    • Jalan Doktor Latiff at UKM campus in KL (colour)
    • Perpustakaan Dr. Abdul Latiff, UKM KL campus (photocopy)
    • His father - Datuk Abdul Razak (colour portrait)
    • Latiff clan photo (B/W A4-length group photo)
    • All the men in the Latiff clan (generations 1-5, collage by Zainuddin bin Datuk Haji Yahya)
    • All the women in the Latiff clan (generations 1-5, collage by Zainuddin bin Datuk Haji Yahya)
  6. References
  • Perpustakaan Dr. Abdul Latiff, UKM KL campus (obtained from Zainuddin bin Datuk Haji Yahya)
  • Salasilah Keluarga Datuk Abdul Razak (prepared by Zainuddin bin Datuk Haji Yahya)
  • Illustrious Roots by Millicent Danker (obtained from Zainuddin bin Datuk Haji Yahya)
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Unknown said...

salam Prof ,

I happen to stumble across your book on the early malay doctors and was fascinated by the detailed chronology. My late grandmother was daughter of abdul latiff bin Haji abdul ghani. She said he was a khadi in singapore. Abdul Latif was sent by the British to Pasir Puteh, Kelantan. My grandma used to tell me that she has a cousin Ungku Yah who married into the Pahang royal family and had a daughter Tengku tengah. It makes my hair stand on ends when I read your account.

Hasnah Ismail