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Tun Abdul Hamid Omar

Translation by Syed Zulfilda S.M. Noor


Tun Abdul Hamid Bin Haji Omar was born on 25th March 1929 in Kuala Perlis, Perlis Indera Kayangan. He obtained his early education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star in 1940, which could not be completed as a result of the Second World War. During the war period, he was able to master the Japanese language. When the war ended, he returned to Alor Star to continue his studies and passed his 'Senior Cambridge' examination. While studying at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, he was well-known as a cross-country champion as well as excelling in the game of rugby. Later, he left for London to further his studies at the Lincoln Inn.


  • Entered the Civil Service as a Magistrate (1955)
  • Deputy Public Prosecutor of Perak State (1960-1961)
  • State Legal Advisor of Perak (1961-1962)
  • Chief Registrar of the Federal Court (1967)
  • Federal Legal Draftsmen
  • High Court Judge (1968)
  • Chief Justice of Malaya (3rd February 1984)
  • Lord President of Malaysia (10th November 1988)

Special and Professional Activities

  • President, Asian Golf Association
  • Member of World Amateur Golf
  • Leprosy Association of Malaysia
  • Association of Spastic Children, Selangor
  • Red Crescent Movement, Malaysia

In appreciation to his services and contributions, he was bestowed several awards, which include the Seri Setia Mahkota (S.S.M.) which carries the title of Tun by His
Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 7th June 1989, the Panglima Seri Mahkota (P.S.M.), the Panglima Mangku Negara (P.M.N.), the D.P.M.P. and the P.M.P.

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