Tuesday, 5 February 2013

44. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad (1906-1979)



Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad (1906-1979)
LMS 1930 KEVII

Date of birth: 13 January 1906
Place of birth: Bayan Lepas, Penang
Date of death: 4 May 1979 at 4.30 pm
Place of death: Penang General Hospital
Place of burial: Tanah Perkuburan Islam Bayan Lepas (close to Kg Bukit, Bayan Lepas)


Schooling

Chowrasta Malay School, George Town, Penang 1912-1916;
Penang Free School, George Town, Penang as Government Malay Scholar 1917-1923
Obtained Senior Cambridge Certificate 1921, Senior Certificate with Honours 1922

Medical Education

Awarded Federated Malay States (FMS) Scholarship to study medicine.
King Edward VII College of Medicine, Singapore 1923-1930
Graduated with LMS in August 1930 (Class of 1930).

Government Service

1958 - Kedah State Surgeon
1964 - Health Officer in Butterworth
-nd- Senior Health Officer (SHO) of Penang & Province Weleesley
-nd- Senior Medical Officer (SMO) in Penang

1932 - Member Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kg Baru, KL

1953-55 - Vice-President Old Frees Association (OFA), Penang
1961-62 - Committee Member, OFA
1963-c66 - Vice-President, OFA

1965-67 - OFA Rep & Member of BOG (Board of Governors), PFS (Penang Free School)

1951-53 - Hon Secretary Northern Branch, Alumni Association, KE VII College of Medicine & Faculty of Medicine, UM (University of Malaya)

1951-53 - Member of Pan-Malayan Council
1957-58 - President of Pan-Malayan Council

-nd- Founder Member & Committee Member, UM Graduate Society, Northern Division
1962 Chairman, UM Graduate Society, Northern Division
1965-67 Member of University Guild & Member of University Court

-nd- Member of MMA (Malayan Medical Association)
1986 - Committee Member of PMA (Penang Malays Association)

-nd- Chairman BOG & State Govt Rep to Sekolah Abdullah Munshi, Penang
1963-c66/67 - Vice-President Persatuan Melayu, Pulau Pinang

-nd- Committee Member of Penang Historical Society
-nd- Committee Member of Penang (Muslim) Welfare Association
-nd- Committee Member of Muslim Orphanage in Penang

-nd- Vice-President of MALRA (Malayan Leprosy Relief Association), Penang Division (1 year)
-nd- Committee Member of MALRA

1952-53 - Lecturer & Examiner in First Aid, St John Ambulance, Penang
-nd- Chairman, St John Ambulance, North Kedah Division (3 years)

1954-57 - Penang Settlement Scout Council

-nd- Committee Member, UMNO Chawangan Kampong Bahru, Penang

1953-54 - President of Sepoy Lines Recreation Club in Penang (support for Malay badminton and soccer)

Retirement

He retired in 1961 at age 55 years.

Family

Wife: Fatimah bt Zainuddin (1911-1983)
Children: 8 (5 deceased young and 3 survived to adulthood) - Fadzilah, Yahya, and Faisal.

Death

Dr Haji Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and passed away on 4 May 1979 at 4.30 p.m. He was interred at Tanah Perkuburan Islam in Bayan Lepas, Penang, which is not far from his village.

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Author's notes:
  1. Able to locate a family member via friends in Facebook but unable to obtain family contact. I sent an SMS but got no reply.
  2. No update from his colleagues, MMA or the Malaysian public.
  3. Tok Kamarudin bin Md Noor knew Dr Abdul Ghani.
  4. Tok Chu knew Dr Che Lah
  5. I received a letter from Fadzilah bt Abdul Ghani (eldest daughter) on 5 February 2013.
  6. Fadzilah updated re her 2 brothers, Faisal and Yahya.
  7. Fadzilah remembers Dr Che Lah.
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5 Feb 2013

I arrived in my department this morning and checked my pigeonhole first thing. There was a folded and stapled blue teaching time-table and a small white envelope. The envelope had my name and a coloured big foreign stamp of a family car going on vacation and a pack of penguins! I turned to view the back and saw the sender's name. I knew immediately that this was a missing link in my research. One more evidence has turned up today. Great! I am very happy. I will visit Australia next week, but not to see the penguins.

This letter comes from Fadzilah, the eldest daughter of Dr Abdul Ghani. She must be so thrilled like I am. She wrote about how she came across my TEMD blog and informed where she works. She updated about her 2 younger brothers. She also wrote she remembers my grandfather! Would you believe that?! She may also know some of the people of that era. It's really great! That's 50-60 years back in our history

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5 Feb 2013

What is Pink Heath?
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TWO CAPT. MOHD NOOR
BROTHERS DR ABDUL GHANI AND CAPT. MOHD NOOR MUHAMMAD

Dr Abdul Ghani’s elder brother is Captain Mohamed Noor bin Muhammad, a former teacher at Penang Free School.

Fadzilah's uncle is Capt. Mohd Noor Mohammad.

I have also written a separate post about Capt Mohd Noor. Altogether, there must be 2 such names. One was my granduncle and the other is Fadzilah's uncle. There may be a third man by that same "Capt Mohd Noor" name.

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PORTRAIT OF DR ABDUL GHANI

I must try and ask Fadzilah for a portrait of her father so I can upload it here and we can all search the various archives and repositories for "Dr Abdul Ghani". Ain't it great?! More research to do...


Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad (1906-1979)
LMS 1930 KEVII
Portrait from Fadzilah Abdul Ghani (Melbourne)

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NAME SPELLINGS

What is his full name? I have 2 "Dr Abdul Ghani" names so far:
  1. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Muhammed ... should be this one...refer Capt Mohd Noor Mohammad.
  2. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Zakaria

I will list him as Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad. The variant name spellings to take note are:
  1. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Muhammed 
  2. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Muhammad
  3. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohammad 
  4. Dr Abdul Ghani bin Mohamed 
  5. Dr Abdullah Ghani .......................will still keep this as some records used this name.
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DR ABDUL GHANI AND DR CHE LAH WERE CLASSMATES AT KE VII 1923-1930

They were both Penangites but from different parts of Penang.

I remember writing a post and mentioning that Dr Abdul Ghani and Dr Che Lah bin Md Joonos were classmates at the King Edward VII College of Medicine. They graduated together in 1930.

The NUS book, To Sail Uncharted Seas listed their names under the graduation list for 1930.

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DR ABDUL GHANI AND DR CHE LAH WORKED TOGETHER IN KLANG & KL IN 1932

Dr Abdul Ghani and Dr Che Lah were close friends. They worked in Kuala Lumpur and in Klang.

Dr Abdul Ghani was a member of Sulaiman Club. It is not known whether Dr Che Lah was a member of Sulaiman Club.

They were together in Kuala Lumpur at a seminar at the Sulaiman Club in 1932.
  1. They attended a debate on 'Women's Freedom' at the Sulaiman Club as reported in Majlis, 1 December 1932. 
  2. When Dr MJ Che Lah moved from Klang to work in Kuala Lumpur in 1932, Dr Abdul Ghani succeeded him in Klang.
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DR ABDUL GHANI AND DR CHE LAH WORKED TOGETHER IN THEIR POST-RETIREMENT YEARS IN PENANG IN 1960s

A photo from Dr Che Lah's collection showed himself and Dr Abdul Ghani at a rural clinic in Penang - probably after 1958, after Dr Che Lah returned to Penang.

Dr MJ Che Lah (seated 2nd left) and Dr Abdul Ghani (seated 2nd right), circa 1960s.
Photo from the collection of Dr MJ Che Lah.
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FATIMAH'S SISTERS ARE SITI AMINAH AND HAJAR
ISZHAM'S MOTHER (HJH ZALEHA BT CHE LONG) IS FADZILAH'S COUSIN
HAJAR MARRIED TO TAN SRI KHALID HJ ABDULLAH

Dr Haji Abdul Ghani is the husband of Iszham’s maternal grandaunt. Fatimah's sister is Siti Aminah, whose daughter is Hajjah Zaleha bt Che Long, Iszham's mother. Iszham’s mother (Zaleha) is Fadzilah Abdul Ghani’s cousin.  Iszham's mother remembers Faisal, whose call name is Pisol.

Fatimah's youngest sister is Hajar, who was the late wife of Tan Sri Khalid Hj. Abdullah, now living in Alor Setar. His daughter is Mustazah.

Iszham Idris can be contacted in Facebook.

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SIR KAMIL ARIFF'S GRANDCHILDREN

Sir Kamil Ariff’s grandchildren are cousins Rokiah Hanoum bt Omar Farok, Mohd Aiyub Mohd Aziz, and Datuk Khalid Ariff.

Rukiah Hanoum was born was 22 December ___. She completed school in 1972 at the St George's Girls' School, Penang. She has 3 sons.

Mohd Aiyub was born on 11 April 1964 (hp: 012-583 7485). He married Rositah Basri on 12 November 1994. They have a son Mohammad Inammul and a daughter Soffia Aisya.

Datuk Khalid was born on 17 May 1954 (hp: 012-296 5688). He married on 1 August 1982 and has a son Khairi Ariff and daughter Inaaz Ariff.

Cousins, Rukiah Hanoum bt Omar Farok and Mohd Aiyub bin Mohd Aziz at the Penang Story Lecture on the Hajj 2013 at the E&O Hotel, Penang.
Both can be contacted in Facebook.
Rukiah Hanoum in Facebook.
Mohd Aiyub in Facebook.
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DATUK KHALID ARIFF AND FAISAL ABDUL GHANI WERE CLASSMATES AT PFS 1970

Datuk Khalid Ariff bin Mushir Ariff knew Dr Haji Abdul Ghani’s son, Faisal, as they were classmates at Penang Free School (MCE 1970).

Datuk Khalid Ariff can be contacted in Facebook.

1 comments:

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