Monday, 17 January 2011

39. Dr Abdul Majid bin Ismail (1921-2013)

Dr Abdul Majid bin Ismail (1921-2013)
MBBS 1950 UM (S'pore)

Date of birth: 15 November 1921
Place of birth: His grandfather's house in Kampong Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Date of demise: 24 March 2013 (informed by Abdullah Hamid on 25 March 2013)
Place of demise: At home, Kuala Lumpur
NST - Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid Ismail died at his residence in Taman Duta, Jalan Langgak Duta, at 4 pm on Sunday, aged 92. Buried at Makam Diraja Shah Alam on 29 March 2013 at 11 am.
Published: Ahad Mac 24, 2013 MYT 10:33:00 PM
Updated: Ahad Mac 24, 2013 MYT 10:37:08 PM
Bekas KP Kesihatan Dr Abdul Majid Ismail Meninggal Dunia
KUALA LUMPUR: Bekas Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid Ismail (gambar), 92, meninggal dunia di kediamannya di Taman Duta, Jalan Langgak Duta di sini akibat sakit tua.
Dr Abdul Majid meninggal dunia pada kira-kira 4 petang tadi.
Jenazah Dr Abdul Majid akan dikebumi di Makam Diraja Shah Alam pada 11 pagi esok, selepas disembahyangkan di Masjid Negeri Shah Alam.
Presiden Persatuan Pesara Kerajaan Malaysia Tan Sri Wan Mahmood Pawan Teh ketika dihubungi Bernama berkata Dr Abdul Majid dimakamkan di sana bagi mengenang beliau yang pernah berkhidmat sebagai doktor peribadi Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah sekitar hujung tahun 70-an.
Allahyarham meninggalkan seorang isteri, Puan Sri Khairany Mahyuddin dan tiga anak, seorang lelaki dan dua perempuan.
Sultan Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah berkenan menziarah jenazah Allahyarham pada Ahad.
Dr Abdul Majid, anak kelahiran Kuala Lumpur, menyertai Kementerian Kesihatan pada 1950 dan berkhidmat di Hospital Besar Kuala Lumpur selepas memperoleh ijazah perubatan (MBBS) Malaya dari Universiti Malaya.
Pada 1951, beliau dilantik Pegawai Perubatan di Malayan Medical Service di hospital berkenaan.
Pada 1969, Allahyarham dilantik Pengarah Perancangan dan Penyelidikan di Kementerian Kesihatan.
Kerjaya beliau dalam perkhidmatan awam mencapai kemuncak dengan pelantikan sebagai Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan dari tahun 1971 hingga 1976. - BERNAMA


Notes from the author:
His full biography is given in my book, Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore, pages 248-261.


1928-31 - Sekolah Melayu Segambut

1932-39 - Selangor Education Department Scholarship

1932-33 - Maxwell School
1934-35 - Batu Road School
1936-39 - Victoria Institution

Maxwell School.
Photo from Kuala Lumpur Old Photos at
Batu Road School.
Photo from Kuala Lumpur Old Photos at
Also see my previous post on Batu Road School.
Victoria Institution.
Photo from Kuala Lumpur Old Photos at

1940 - Selangor Government Scholarship - to study medicine in Singapore

June 1940 - enrolled in KE VII College of Medicine in Singapore
1940-1942 - studied medicine at KE VII

           WWII disrupted his medical studies.
           Continued his medical studies after the war in 1946.

1946 - resumed medical studies at KE VII
1949 - KE VII Medical College and Raffles College were merged to form University of Malaya. 
1. Lord Earl Mountbatten
2. Rt. Hon. Malcolm MacDonald, Commissioner-General of SEA became first Chancellor of UM
8 July 1950 - Graduated with MBBS (Coco told me that this was the first batch with MBBS)

Government Service

July 1950-August 1953 - MO General Hospital Kuala Lumpur (GHKL)
Participated in Program Doktor Radio at Radio Malaya

Radio Malaya was in a building on Mountbatten Road (old Robinson's departmental store). Mountbatten Road was renamed Jalan Tun Razak.
Postgraduate Studies

1950 - Won Queen's Scholarship to study in England (he was the First Malay Queen's Scholar).

1953-55 - Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He studied Orthopaedics. Travelled to many places. Returned to Malaya

January-September 1956 - State Surgeon at GH Seremban
Dr Mohamed Din was the Director of Medical Services
Dr Abdul Majid organised the orthopaedic services and training for Malaya

1957 - U of Liverpool. Returned to Malaya

1958-1969 - Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon of the Federation of Malaya (FoM) at GHKL

1963 - Won Eisenhower Fellowship to study in USA (he was the first Eisenhower Fellow)
            Based in Pennsylvania, USA (travelled to many places)

1968 - Hajj pilgrimage

1970-71 - Director of Planning and Research at MOH. Developed medical programs and hospitals for Malaysia.

1971-76 - Second Director-General of Health Malaysia (2nd DG at MOH after Dr Din)

15 November 1976 - retired at age 55 years

Post Retirement

He went into business


Father: Ismail bin Nae'mat (Baba), train repairman in FMSR (1927-1946 died)
Mother: Enjah bt Mohamed Ariff ('Nya), Quran teacher
Sibs: He was the eldest of 12 siblings (4 boys and 8 girls)
1. Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid
2. Rahmah @ Mak Besar @ Bibik @ Ammah @ Ngah (passed away at age 89 years in Nov 2013)
3. Alijah
4. Latifah @ Alang (lived at FELDA Bilut, passed away in 2013)
5. Razak - died less than a year old
6. Osman - died at age 12
7. Fatimah @ Chik.
She was the fourth living child. She was active in welfare work. She was the longstanding secretary of Pertiwi as well as Lembaga Kebajikan Wanita Selangor. She is married to Haji Abdul Kadir, the first Bilut Valley FELDA manager. They have 5 children, son A'akif Fadzil (UPM), daughter Fadzilah A'ini a vet (UPM), Fauziah A'zni an accountant with I&P (resigned), Dr Fairuz Ashikin an obgyn (Faculty of Medicine, UKM) but now in private practice in Shah Alam, and youngest Faisal A'sri, in motoring skill business.
8. Fatmah @ Bibik Melaka - adopted by 'Nek Busu, wife of Abu Chenteng @ Tok Busu
Fatma was adopted by Tok Busu. She was a teacher trained in Kirby. Her children are Mushaini an accountant, Suhaimi catering business, Norshaini in United Nations in New York, Ain in Melaka, Iqram also catering and Anum in Dubai. 
9. Aishah
10. Maznah @ Hasnah
11. Hashim
12. Halimahton


Dr Fairuz Ashikin was a TKC student - she was 5 years my junior. She is called Doc Ayush in Facebook. TKCians Che Mahiran Abu Amin and Ida Hussain know her.  My aunties Salmiah Ahmad and Siti Aishah Md Ali also know her.


Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid's niece Dr Fairuz Ashikin wrote to clarify matters pertaining to his 2 sisters named Fatma and Fatimah. Dr Fairuz's email:
hjh enjah-ismail family
fairuz ashikin
22 January 2014 3:05pm
dear Prof
Salam. My name is Fairuz ashikin A Kadir. I happened to read your blog regarding wak ie tan sri dr abdul majid. He was my mother's eldest brother. Second is mak besar aka bibik aka ammah or ngah. She too just recently passed on 89 yrs last nov. Then the third living is alang, who was in felda bilut. She too passed away last year. The correction is the confusion you had between fatimah and fatma. Fatimah ismail, is my mum. Aka chik. She was the fourth living child. She was active in welfare work. She was the longstanding secretary of pertiwi as well as lembaga kebajikan wanita selangor. Married to hj a kadir, the first bilut valley felda manager. There are 5 of us, my brother A'akif fadzilupm, then my sis Fadzilah a'ini a vet (upm) Fauziah A'zni an accountant with i&p(resigned) me an obgyn fm ukm now private in shah alam. Youngest faisal a'srimotoring skill business. Fatma aka bibik melaka is the one adopted by tok busu. She was a teacher trained in kirby. She has mushaini an accountant, suhaimi catering business, norshaini in united nation new york, ain in melaka, iqram also catering and anum in dubai. Please contact me if need further clarification.

I wrote about the matter in my Facebook but nobody responded.
How many in my Facebook are related to arwah Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid bin Ismail? He was known as Coco or Wak. His niece Dr Fairuz Ashikin (DEMC) contacted me via LinkedIn, to help clarify 2 names of his sisters - Fatma vs Fatimah. Fatma Ismail was adopted by Tok Busu Melaka and she became known as Fatma Busu of Kg Morten in Melaka. She had attended Kirkby College in 1951-1953 (along with Bapak), and became a teacher, then HM. The other lady, Fatimah Ismail married to Abdul Kadir (FELDA). Fatimah and Abdul Kadir are the parents of Dr Fairuz Ashikin.

He had 2 nicknames: Coco or Koko and Wak. He married Puan Sri To' Puan Khairany bt Mahayuddin. She is called Ani. They have 3 children, a son and two daughters--Prof Aljafri Majid, Dr Elisha Majid, and Ellina Majid.

Prof Aljafri Majid is the first Malay Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was the HOD Surgery at University of Malaya. He married Azirah bt Tan Sri Dato' Justice Hashim Yeop Sani.

Dr Ellisha Majid (Pharmacology) married to Professor Dr Alan Robert Woods (Australian mathematician). They have a boy and a girl - Robert and Sarah. They lived in Mt Claremont, Western Australia. Prof Alan R. Woods passed away in mid-December 2011.

Prof Woods 1953-2011Alan Robert Woods was born on June 21, 1953, in Brisbane, Australia, as the first child of Geoff and Jess Woods. After obtaining a B.Sc. (Honours, 1st class) in Mathematics at the University of Queensland (1971-1974), he continued his studies, completing first an M.Sc. by research at the University of Monash (1975-1978) and then a Ph.D. at the University of Manchester, UK (1978-1981). His Ph.D. thesis was entitled “Some problems in logic and number theory, and their connections” and was supervised by J.B. Paris. Alan held academic appointments at the University of Malaya (Lecturer, 1982-1985), Yale University (Assistant Professor, 1985-1989) and at the University of Western Australia (Lecturer, 1990-1993, Honorary Research Fellow, 1994-2002, and Adjunct Associate Professor, 2003-2011). He also held visiting positions at Rutgers University (1989), Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (2000), Universite de Versailles Saint-Quentin (2003) and Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (2003). Alan gave about 30 invited lectures at international conferences, Universities and research centers all over the world. Alan’s research interests lied in Mathematical Logic, Computational Complexity and their connections with Algebra, Combinatorics and Number Theory. He (co-)authored 17 research papers which appeared in prestigious international journals, including the Journal of Symbolic Logic, Theoretical Computer Science and Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society, as well as in conference proceedings volumes. He supervised the Ph.D. thesis of J.M. Foy (Yale University), the M.Sc. thesis of K. Fergusson (University of Western Australia) and was alternate supervisor of the Ph.D. thesis of T.N. French (University of Western Australia). Alan was always very keen on discussing ideas with colleagues sharing his interests, ready to contribute highly innovative ideas in several research areas. He co-operated with many distinguished researchers all over the world, including C.G. Jockusch, J. Krajicek, A. Maciel, J.B. Paris, P. Pudlak, T. Pitassi, A. Wilkie and others, publishing papers that attracted hundreds of citations. He was an amateur radio enthusiast. He served as President and committee member of the Western Australia VHF Group and was highly regarded for his technical knowledge. He was also an enthusiastic walker, especially enjoying long Sunday walks on Perth’s beaches. Alan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2006 and died at his home in Mt. Claremont (Western Australia) in mid-December 2011. He was survived by his son Robert and his daughter Sarah. 

Ellina Majid (Law and Social Anthropology, SOAS) is married to Azizuddin bin Tun Tan Sri Dato' Abdul Hamid bin Haji Omar (Federal Court Judge). They have 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls.