Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Dr Mohammad Noor bin Nordin

Dr(H) Mohammad Noor bin Nordin (1929-1994)

Mohammad Noor was born in Muar on 6 January 1929, to Nordin and Menah, the fifth of 12 siblings. During his early childhood he spent a great deal of time with his grandfather, Abdul Majid in Muar.

Mohammad Noor received his early education at Sekolah Lereh in Lereh, Tanjung Keling, Melaka in 1934, when he was 5. He was well-known for his oratory talent and was famous in the school’s debating team. He was active in silat gayung. He became a temporary trainee teacher at age 12 in 1941, before the Second World War (WWII).

During the Japanese occupation, Mohammad Noor joined his three brothers and fled to Singapore where they worked as ustaz. He returned to Melaka after the Japanese occupation and completed his studies at Madrasah Ad-Diniah.

He obtained his secondary education (1944-51) in Melaka during the war (Japanese occupation) and in the post-war. In 1944, Mohammad Noor’s father sent him to study Islam and Arabic in Madrasah Ad-Diniah (now known as Al Nurriyyah) located in Sungai Udang, Melaka. He studied Arabic under the tutelage of Almarhum Shaikh Muallim Tuan Guru Haji Abdul Wahid Othman, Tuan Guru Haji Abu Hasan Haji Abdul Majid and 30 other trained teachers at the school. His Arabic language skills and interpretations of the Quran were superb.

He migrated to Singapore in the early 1950s. He was a shorthand teacher and typist at the City Commercial College (1951-55). He was appointed a Special Constable (Polis Khas) in the Singapore Police Service (1952-55). He continued his studies at Madrasah Aljuneid to substantiate his knowledge on Islam and Arabic. In addition, he attended intensive English classes at night in Raffles College (1952/53) to become more proficient in English. He studied Knowledge of Homeopathic Treatment (Ilmu Perubatan Homeopathy) along with 12 other Malay homeopathic pioneers under the tutelage of Prof. Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy in Malaysia Health Centre in 107, Jalan Sultan, Singapore (1952-57).

He was active in spreading Homeopathy to Malaya and was the Chief-General of Graduate Homeopathy (1953-60).

He had been an active member of PUTERA  in seeking independence for the Malay States, from the British. He entered into politics in Singapore in 1952, two years after the Natrah incidence. He met with Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy and followed the activities of Melayu Raya.

In 1957, he started his apprenticeship with Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy in Singapore at Dewan Perubatan Homeopathy (also known as Homeopathic Medical Centre - HMC). He then shifted to Melaka in 1959 and opened a homeopathy clinic, the Homeopathy Medical Centre in Jalan Laksamana.

In 1960-61, he started his own clinic in Melaka, Dewan Perubatan Homeopathy, with the consent of Dr Burhanuddin Al-Helmy. His clinic was situated at the Bazaar in Malacca town. The clinic was relocated to a new building known as Bazaar MARA near Sungai Melaka, close to the Stadhuys. His staff members (or assistants) were only present during practical training sessions.

He initiated Homeopathy classes (or lectures) more rigorously in 1987, following the death of his son.

In 1990, an auspicious ceremony for awarding diplomas to the first batch of graduates who completed the Diploma in Homeopathy was held at Graha Patriotika in Tanjung Keling, Melaka. This occasion marked the birth of Homeopathy in Malaysia.

An active figure in PAS (Persatuan Islam Semenanjung Malaysia – Malaysia Islamic Party), he had contested against one of Malaysia’s prominent political figures in the 1970s, Tun Ghafar Baba.

He led as PAS Commissioner (Pesuruhjaya) in Melaka for 15 years (1972-87) before becoming PAS Advisor (Penasihat, 1988-94) till he passed away.

Dr Mohammad Noor was as ADUN Tanjung Minyak, Melaka in the 1970s.

He founded Koperasi Homeopathy Melaka Berhad (KHMB) in 1990 as a starting point to help raise funding via business ventures.

He was honoured with the award of World Order of Human Merit from the I’Ordre Universal du Merit Human, Geneva in 1960. He had served in the State Assembly as Wakil Rakyat for Melaka (1975-79).

He was on the Board of Directors of Tabung Haji for 10 years. During this period, he was entrusted as the medical director to look after the pilgrims during the pilgrimage periods (at least 3 months).

He also sat on the Board for Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (PKNM).

He was appointed as Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1978.

Tulip bt Che Lah, the eldest daughter of Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos, then a teacher at the Malacca Girls’ High School in Durian Daun in the early 1970s, had commented that Dr Mohammad Noor was a 'famous Malay doctor'.

In 1955, Mohammad Noor married Aishah bt Mahmud in Geylang Serai, Singapore. They were blessed with nine children, six boys and three girls.

Dr (H) Haji Mohammad Noor bin Haji Nordin passed away on 3 December 1994 and was laid to rest in Tanah Perkuburan Bukit Gedong, Tanjung Keling in Melaka.

Dr Mohammad Noor appeared in an article which his son Abdul Razak supplied to the author.

At Graha Patriotika 1990
His 2nd child/eldest daughter is Datin Kamariah bt Md Noor.
She was  the author's classmate at MGHS 1972-73, Malacca.
Kamariah works with IBM HQ @KL.
Photo from Noraini Ismail's album in Facebook.
Dr Haji Mohammad Noor (seated at right) at his youngest daughter Mahmudah's wedding (far right). Seated next to him is his wife, Hjh Aishah. His son-in-law is standing at leftmost.
Photo from Mahmudah bt Mohd Noor. Mahmudah is a lawyer in Scotland.

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