Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sir Kamil Mohamed Ariff


Sir KM Ariff (1893-1960)


From TEMD Research: 

Dr Kamil Mohamed Ariff bin Kadir Mastan (1893-1960) was born in Butterworth, Province Wellesley, Penang. He was educated at the St Xavier’s Institution in Penang. He attended the the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore and graduated with a Licentiate in Medicine and Surgery (LMS) in 1917. He pursued Housemanship at Penang General Hospital 1917-18.

He entered private practice in 1918 and operated a clinic named The New Dispensary in Hutton Lane, Penang before it was relocated to Penang Road and then to Beach Street where he remained in medical practice all his life (1918-60).

He was as Assistant Surgeon (AS) to District and General Hospitals in Penang in the Straits Settlement (SS) 1918-41. He worked entirely in Penang (before, during WWII 1941-45 and after the war).

He attended meetings with the British Administration during the British Reoccupation in 1945. He retired from Government medical service in 1948. 

He contributed greatly to society and headed the Malay community in Penang. He was the Chairman of the Penang Consultative Committee on Muslim Affairs, Chairman of the Penang Muslim Orphanage, Founding Secretary of the Penang Medical Practitioners' Society (PMPS) in 1932, appointed member and retired member of the Federal Legislative Council 1946-56. He was a Member of the Finance Committee, Executive Council (Exco) member of Penang State Legislative Council and City Council, President of Penang Rotary Club, and member of the British Medical Association (BMA). He was a member of the Mohammedan Advisory Board in Penang. He was a member of the Penang Peranakan Club and a member of the Old Xavierian's Association (OXA).

From a historical perspective, he was an eminent Malay doctor in Penang. He was appointed the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by King George VI in 1950. Subsequently, he was knighted by HE Queen Elizabeth II in 1956 (Letters Patent), following which he became known as Sir Kamil Mohamed Ariff and his name was styled Sir Dr KM Ariff. He was the first Malay doctor to be knighted in the history of Penang, the SS and Malaya (now Malaysia).

St Xavier's Institution, Georgetown, Penang.
Photo by me.
King Edward VII College of Medicine, Singapore.
Photo by Dr Mohamed Tahir Ahmad Ibrahim (Singapore) 2011.
Penang General Hospital. Block A and cenotaph (memorial).
Photo by me (parking lot view).
Hutton Lane (now Jalan Hatin), Georgetown, Penang.
Photo by me.
The New Dispensary, Penang Road (near Hutton Lane).

Dr Kamil Ariff shifted his clinic from Hutton Lane to Penang Road, and then to Beach Street, in front of Naina Mohamad. 

Dr K Md Ariff at his clinic at Beach Street, in front of Naina Mohamad.

Below are photos of the old Beach Street from the Penang Museum display.
Beach Street is now Lebuh Pantai.

The Dispensary occupies the triple-storey building at right.


 Beach Street from the book, Penang, Past and Present 1786-1963.
There are 3 successive signboards at right:
A signboard with the words, "Penang Dispensary, Maynard, Chemist".
A signboard partially hidden with the letters, "Roble..."
Another signboard with the words, "New Medical Hall".


Pos Malaysia, Penang

Pos Malaysia, Penang

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Dr Kamil Ariff meeting with British officers during Reoccupation 1945-46.
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Residence at 180 Burmah Road, Penang.
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Send-off for his daughter Yasmin Hanoum to England 1951.
In front from left: Dr Kamil Ariff (white pants), Yasmin Hanoum (middle) and Rahiman Bee (wife).
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Lady Rahiman Bee (wife of Sir Kamil Mohd Ariff).
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Hajj rite at Arafah, Saudi Arabia 1955.
Dr Kamil is 2nd right and wife is beside him.
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Hajah Rahiman Bee. Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok
Dr Haji Kamil Mohamed Ariff 1955. Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
Early family photo of Dr Kamil Mohd Ariff.
Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.
From left: Sir Kamil Mohd Ariff, Lady Rahiman Bee (wife), Dato' Zubaidah CM Hashim (daughter-in-law) and Dato' Mushir Ariff (eldest child and elder son). Photo from Rukiah Hanoum Omar Farok.

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Dato Mushir Ariff and wife Dato Zubaidah Ariff. Photo from Datuk Zubaidah Ariff.
Extended family photo of Sir Kamil Mohd Ariff.
Photo from Straits Muslims 2009 (Wazir Jahan Karim).
Dr Kamil Mohamed Ariff in The Who's Who in Malaya 1925.
Book is available at USM library in Penang.

Tan Sri Che Din Mohd Hashim, Dato' Zubaidah's foster father.


King's Birthday Honours for 505

Inche CM Hashim, Penang - Panglima Setia Mahkota
Syed Hassan Aidid, Penang - Johan Mangku Negara
Dr Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim, KL - Johan Setia Mahkota
Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin, Ipoh  - Johan Setia Mahkota
Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad, Penang - Ahli Mangku Negara
Mohamad Hashim Che Din in The Who's Who in Malaysia 1963.
Haji Mushir Ariff in The Who's Who in Malaysia 1965.
Zubaidah Ariff in The Who's Who in Malaysia 1965.
Nuruddin bin Jamin in The Who's Who in Malaysia 1963.
Nuruddin married his coursemate, Yasmin Hanoum Ariff.

This is an e-mail I received from Omar Ariff Omar Farouk which contains the names of children and others related to Sir KM Ariff.

from: Omar Ariff omar.ariff@gmail.com
to: Faridah Abdul Rashid
cc: rukiah.hanoum@gmail.com, mohdaiyub@ymail.com
date: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 11:07 PM
subject: Re: Chapter 8 Dr Kamil Mohamed Ariff bin Kadir Mastan 8March2011


Salam Prof. Faridah.

Thank you for forwarding the latest draft on Sir Dr KM Ariff.

I would like to point the following points for inclusion :-

1. Dato' Hj K Mushir Ariff & Dato' Zubaidah have SEVEN children :  Rashidah Hanoum, Nazir Ariff, Fawzia Hanoum, Amir Ali Ariff, Kamil Noor Ariff, Kamil

 2. Hajjah Zakiah Hanoum & Syed Kabeer have four children – Sharifah Zariah Hanoum, Sharifah Zawiyah Hanoum,  Syed Kamarulzaman and Sharifah Munawarah.

 3. Omar Farouk Ariff (1923-1981) :  attended Penang Free School.  Retired as a Radiographer with the Penang General Hospital.  Married Zaleha (1928-1977) : real name : Olah binti Abdul Rahman, the daughter of Kedah magistrate, popularly known as Che Man Sharikat.

 4. Dato’ Dr Amin Ariff bin Nuruddin  is with IJN

Thank you.
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Nazir Ariff works in the private sector. This old lorry along with its history connects Nazir Ariff with Penang history.

Lorry for transporting iron ore for smelting. Photographed at the open display at Penang Museum
Caption for the above yellow lorry. Photographed at Penang Museum.
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All photos below are from the Ariff family album in Facebook.

(Above) Tok Wan @ Hj Abdul Rahman was a Kedah magistrate. He was better known as Che Man Sharikat. He was the maternal grandfather of Rukiah Hanoum bt Omar Farouk. Omar Farouk was the younger son of Sir KM Ariff.
Omar Farouk Ariff, son of Sir KM Ariff, married Zaleha @ Olah bt Abdul Rahman @ Che Man Sharikat. He was Rukiah Hanoum's father.
Zaleha @ Olah bt Abdul Rahman @ Che Man Sharikat was the mother of Rukiah Hanoum bt Omar Farouk Ariff.
Omar Farouk Ariff and family. Photo from Omar Ariff bin Omar Farouk.
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Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad al-Husaini, husband of Zakiah Hanoum Ariff.
King's Birthday Honours for 505

Inche CM Hashim, Penang - Panglima Setia Mahkota
Syed Hassan Aidid, Penang - Johan Mangku Negara
Dr Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim, KL - Johan Setia Mahkota
Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin, Ipoh  - Johan Setia Mahkota
Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad, Penang - Ahli Mangku Negara

Zakiah Hanoum Ariff, eldest daughter of Sir KM Ariff, wife of Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad al-Husaini.
Their children are Sharifah Zariah Syed Kabeer, Syed Kamarulzaman Syed Kabeer, Sharifah Zawiah Syed Kabeer and Sharifah Munawarah Syed Kabeer.

External links
The Straits Times, 6 September 1956, Page 9. DON'T FORGET THE BRITISH —SIR KAMIL


MATTERS OF MUSLIM INTEREST.
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884-1942), 13 February 1930, Page 12
M.A.B.
Muhammedan Advisory Board, Penang
Dr. K. Mohamed Ariff bin Kader Mustan, J.P.

2 comments:

Rukiah said...

Salam Prof....about pics of Sir Kamil infront of his clinic in Beach Street....aunty Yasmin can't remember where it went too. I remember looking at the pic,but I too can't remember. May Mohd Aiyub can help out....

Prof Faridah said...

Salam Kak Kiah. Thanks for the concern. Will try and ask Mohd Aiyub.