Friday, 28 February 2014

First Malaysian King's Birthday Honours List 1964

The Straits Times, 3 June 1964, Page 1

Seven new Datos in birthday list

33 Awards go to Sabah, Sarawak

Seven new Datos have been created by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong in his first Malaysian Birthday Honours List. They are among 240 people, including 10 women, who have been honoured.

Thirty-three of the recipients are from Sabah and Sarawak.

The new Datos, who receive the title of Panglima Mangku Negara, are:-

  1. the Chief Justice, Malaya, Dato Syed Sheh Barakbah, --- note: he was with the Pilgrimage Board 
  2. the Minister for Sarawak Affairs, Dato Temenggong Jugah Anak Barieng,
  3. the chief of the Armed Forces Staff, Lieut.-General Tengku Osman bin Tengku Mohamed Jewa, --- note: Kedah royal family
  4. the Governor of Bank Negara, Inche Ismail bin Haji Mohamed Ali, --- note: elder brother of Tun Dr Siti Hasmah bt Mohd Ali
  5. the Chancellor of the University of Singapore, Dato Lee Kong Chian, --- note: he had 2 previous Dato honours from Johor and Kelantan
  6. the Alliance Secretary General, Senator T. H. Tan --- note: he accompanied the Federation delegation to the Merdeka talks in London
  7. the UMNO Secretary-General, Syed Ja'afar Albar. --- note: father of minister Hamid Albar


Johan Mangku Negara:

the Prime Minister's personal physician, Dr R. P. Pillai.


Panglima Mangku Negara:

Dato Syed Sheh Barakbah, the Chief Justice, Malaya
- he was the first to hold this position in July 1963
- he joined the legal service in 1946
- he was made a judge in 1956
- he represented Malaya at the Law Council of Australia convention in Sydney
- he was awarded the State title of Dato by the Sultan of Kedah earlier in 1964


Inche Ismail bin Haji Mohamed Ali
- was made Deputy Governor of Bank Negara in November 1960
- has been Governor of Bank Negara since March 1964
- Selangor's first Malay Queen's Scholar --- note: check Coco's status on Queen's Scholar
- graduated in law and in economics with honours
- held the post of Controller of the Trade Division in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
- became Minister in the Malayan Embassy in Washington
- spent 2 weeks inspecting the Federal Reserve Bank and industrial and development projects in Australia


Dato Lee Kong Chian
- multi-millionaire philanthropist
- head of Lee Foundation --- note: Lee Rubber, KL
- rubber magnate
- community leader
- installed as the first Chancellor of the University of Singapore in June 1962 --- note: UM started in Malaya separately after 1962
- long associated with King Edward VII College of Medicine
- long associated with the Raffles College
- leading local benefactor of both institutions (KE VII and Raffles)
- bestowed State title of Dato by the Rulers of Johor and Kelantan


Syed Ja'afar Albar
- UMNO secretary-general since October 1963
- gave up post of Assistant Minister of Information and Broadcasting in 1961
- was an executive in a printing firm
- UMNO publicity chief
- returned unopposed in the 1959 and 1963 Parliamentary elections


Johan Mangku Negara:

Inche C. D. Ismail, Penang (for political services) --- note: he lived behind Dr MJ Che Lah's house

Inche Mahmood bin Ambak, KL (for public services) --- note: Endon's father; Tun Ahmad Badawi's FIL

Inche Melan bin Abdullah, editor, Utusan Melayu, KL (for public services) --- after Said Zahari was imprisoned for 17 years in Singapore, without trial since 1963

Inche Mohamed Sanusi bin Baki, Ministry of Health, KL

Dr Omar bin Din, General Hospital, KL --- note: originally from Kedah

Dr R. P. Pillai, General Hospital, KL

Dr Syed Mohamed bin Syed Alwi Alhady, General Hospital, KL --- originally from Penang

Osman bin Samsuddin Cassim, Ministry of the Interior --- originally from Ipoh, son of Dr Samsuddin Cassim. Tan Sri Osman operates the Berjaya Group of companies.


Ahli Mangku Negara:

Dr Lakhmir Singh Sodhy, Municipal Health Department

Inche Lokman bin Musa, principal, Language Institute, KL --- Dato' Mahadzir Lokman's father; kawan baik Bapak

Inche K. Mushir Ariff, Penang (for public services) --- husband of Dato' Zubaidah. Bank Bumiputra head who looked into the money scandal involving Jalil Hamid's death in Hong Kong.

Dr Raja Ahmad Noordin bin Raja Shahbudin, Ministry of Health --- note: interviewed in May 2007; 3rd Director-General of Health after Dr Din bin Ahmad (1st DG) and Dr Abdul Majid bin Ismail (2nd DG); passed away on 22 December 2008

Inche S.M. Salim, Radio Malaysia, KL --- note: Malay singer of Malay traditional songs

Nik Mohamed bin Nik Man, Kota Bharu

Nik Mustapha bin Haji Daud, Kota Bharu --- note: Muzium Kelantan in KB?

Raja Ariff bin Raja Chulan, KL