Saturday, 15 June 2013

Tun Syed Sheh Al-Haj bin Syed Hassan Barakbah


Tun Syed Sheh was born on 10 November 1906 in Alor Star, Kedah.

He received his education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College (SAHC) in Alor Star, Kedah before continuing his studies in England on a Kedah State Government's scholarship. He was accepted to read law at the Inner Temple. He graduated with a LL.B degree in 1934.

Tan Sri Syed Sheh Al-Haj bin Syed Hassan Barakbah was a judge and senior official in Malaya, starting his career under British rule and continuing in independent Malaysia.

He was an Arab descendant in Malaya. He was the first Arab-Malay to lead as chief judge (ketua hakim) in independent and modern Malaysia. He was the second chief judge after the Englishman, Tun Sir James Beveridge Thomson.

YAA James Beveridge Thomson, Tun Sir
S.S.M, P.M.N., P.J.K.
16.9 1963-31.5.1966
(Ketua Hakim Negara Pertama)
YAA Tun Syed Sheh bin Syed Hassan Barakbah Al-Haj
S.S.M., P.M.N., D.P.M.K., P.S.B.
(Ketua Hakim Negara Kedua)
YAA Tun Dato' Mohamed Azmi bin Haji Mohamed
S.S.M., P.M.N., D.P.M.K., P.S.B., P.J.K.
(Ketua Hakim Negara Ketiga)
YAA Tun Mohamed Suffian bin Haji Mohamed Hashim
S.S.M., P.S.M., S.P.C.M., D.I.M.P., J.M.N., S.M.B. (Brunei), P.J.K.
LL.D., D. Litt
(Ketua Hakim Negara Keempat) ... Note: He was mentioned in Dr Megat Khas's biography in Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore
YAA D.Y.M.M. Sultan Azlan Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Yussuf Izzuddin Shah
S.S.M., D.K., P.M.N., P.S.M.,
S.P.C.M., S.P.T.S., S.P.M.P., S.I.M.P.,
D. Litt, LL.D.
(Ketua Hakim Negara Kelima) ... Note: He passed away on 28 May 2014.
YAA Tun Dato' Mohamed Salleh bin Abas
S.S.M., P.M.N., P.S.M., S.P.M.T. D.P.M.T., J.M.N., S.M.T.
(Ketua Hakim Negara Keenam)
YAA Tun Dato' Seri Abdul Hamid bin Haji Omar
S.S.M., P.M.N., P.S.M., S.S.M.T., S.I.M.T, S.I.M.P. S.P.M.S., D.P.M.P. P.M.P.
(Acting Lord President)
(Ketua Hakim Negara Ketujuh/
Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Pertama) ... Note: refer to Tan Sri Dr Abdul Majid's biography.
YAA Tun Dato' Seri Mohd Eusoff bin Chin
S.S.M., P.S.M., S.P.C.M., D.P.M.J.
D.P.M.K., J.S.M., S.M.J.
(Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Kedua)
YAA Tun Dato' Seri Mohamed Dzaiddin bin Haji Abdullah,
S.S.M., P.S.M., S.P.C.M.,
D.S.P.J., D.P.M.P, D.M.P.N.
(Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Ketiga)
YAA Tun Dato' Sri Ahmad Fairuz Bin Dato' Sheikh Abdul Halim
Age: 62 years
Appointed as Judicial Commissioner: 1.12.1988
Elevated to the High Court: 1.8.1990
Elevated to the Court of Appeal: 1.12.1995
Elevated to the Federal Court: 1.9.2000
Appointed as Chief Judge High Court of Malaya: 1.9.2001
Appointed as President of The Court of Appeal: 1.12.2002
Appointed as Chief Justice of The Federal Court: 16.3.2003
(Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Keempat)
YAA Tun Abdul Hamid Bin Hj. Mohamad
Age: 62 years
Appointed as Judicial Commissioner: 1.5.1990
Elevated to the High Court: 1.3.1992
Elevated to the Court of Appeal: 1.9.2000
Elevated to the Federal Court: 1.8.2003
Appointed as Chief Justice of the Federal Court: 2.11.2007
(Ketua Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan Kelima)
YAA Tun Dato’ Seri Zaki Bin Tun Azmi
PJN, DSMT (Terengganu), DSDK(Kedah), JSM, KMN
Ketua Hakim Negara Mahkamah Persekutuan Malaysia
18 Oktober 2008 - 09 September 2011

  • April 1946: Special Magistrate
  • 1948: President, Kedah Sessions Court in the Colonial Legal Service
  • October 1955 – June 1958: Judge, Seremban Court
  • 1962: Judge, Court of Appeal
  • 1963: Chief Judge of Malaya
  • 1 June 1966 – 10 October 1968: Lord President of the Supreme Court Government 
  • 1 June 1966 - 9 September 1968: Ketua Hakim Negara Ke-2
  • Government Administrative Officer in Penang
  • 1968: Senator
  • 27 January 1969: Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara (Governor) - appointed by Agong
  •  Feb 1969-Feb 1975: 3rd Governor of Penang - he served two terms.

Name style
His name was styled in 2 ways.

  1. Tun Syed Sheh Al-Haj bin Syed Hassan Barakbah
  2. YAA Tun Syed Sheh bin Syed Hassan Barakbah Al-Haj, S.S.M., P.M.N., D.P.M.K., P.S.B., 1.6.1966-9.9.1968, (Ketua Hakim Negara Kedua)

Tun Syed Sheh passed away on 8 October 1975 in Alor Star, Kedah.

His grandchildren and relatives are in Facebook. (Rangkaian Ahlulbait)


Kedah courthouses

The high court is situated in Alor Setar.
The session courts are situated in Alor Setar and Sg Petani.
The magistrate courts are situated in Alor Setar, Sg Petani, Jitra, Langkawi, Baling, Kulim, Gurun, and Kuala Nerang.

Kompleks Mahkamah Alor Setar
05150 Alor Setar
Tel: 04-735 2900

Kompleks Mahkamah Sungai Petani
Jalan Lencongan Timur
08000 Sungai Petani
Tel: 04-448 1770

Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Nerang
06300 Kuala Nerang, Kedah Darul Aman
Tel: 04-786 6628
Fax: 04-786 8224

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