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

Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin

I found another early Malay doctor's name. His name is written in full as Dr Ibrahim bin Haji Mohamed Yassin, from Ipoh. I have not seen this name before in my research on The Early Malay Doctors

His name appeared in The Straits Times of 8 June 1966 (page 8), along with names which I have mentioned before: Inche CM Hashim, a Penang JP who was connected to Dr KM Ariff, (Tan Sri) Syed Hassan Aidid who was UMNO Penang Chief, Dr Abu Bakar bin Ibrahim who was the 17th Director of IMR in KL after Dr Ungku Omar passed away, and was the late husband of Tan Sri Salma bt Ismail, and Syed Kabeer bin Syed Ahmad who was previously with the Pilgrimage Office based in Penang before Tabung Haji existed, and who married the eldest daughter of Dr KM 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