His Excellency Tun Dato' Seri Utama Syed Ahmad was
born on May 4, 1925 in Kulim, Kedah. He had his early education
in Kulim Malay School and went on to enter Sultan Abd. Hamid college
in alor Setar where he passed his Senior Cambridge Examination in
He began his career as a Civil Service Officer in
the Alor Setar Treasury Office from 1947 till 1955.He was at the
same time, actively involved in SEBERKAS and the Kedah Malay Association
(KMNK) activities centred in Alor Setar.
When the United Malay National Organization (UMNO)
was formed in 1946, Tun Syed Ahmad officially entered politics by
becoming a member of the Alor Setar UMNO branch. He served as Kedah
UMNO's Assistant Secretary from 1951 till 1954 and went on to serve
as State UMNO Secetary till 1967.
As a career politician, he was appointed and elected
to a few positions and posts. He was appointed as a member of the
Federal Legislative Council from 1955 till 1959. He was elected
to the Kedah State Legislative Council from 1958 til 1967. On December
14, 1967, he was appointed as the fourth Menteri Besar of Kedah,
replacing Dato' Syed Omar Shahabudin who passed away on December
7 1967. His term as Menteri Besar lasted until 1978. As Menteri
Besar, he also held the post of Chairman of the State UMNO Liaison
Committee, State National Front Party Chief and a member of the
Malaysian UMNO Supreme Council.
In 1967 he was appointed and served as a member of
the Malaysian Senate until 1969. He was also appointed as the Malaysian
Deputy Minister for Internal Affairs, a post he held from 1978 till
1980. In 1981 he was appointed as the Malaysian High Commissioner
to Singapore. He served in that capacity until 1988. In 1989, he
was appointed as the Governor of Malacca, replacing Tun syed Zahiruddin.
He is at present still the Governor of Malacca.
He had also managed to reduce the rate of unemployment and the
ranks of the poor in the State.
Under his administration, he gave
special attention to maintaining political stability the development
of the State with the help of party supporters within the government.
State Exco members were especially tasked with the production of
State policies while government officials were left with the job
of carrying them out. Tun Syed Ahmad had frequently left the country
for oversea visits aimed at promoting and gaining the confidence
of investors on the State's investment potentials and to explain
the various incentives offered by the State. Although special attention
was given to industries, Tun Syed Ahmad had not neglected the agricultural
sector. The construction of the Muda Irrigation Project was the
pride of the State. It was quite clear that the project was meant
to show to the nation of the State's seriousness in maintaining
its traditional identity as the 'rice bowl of the nation'. Tun Syed
Ahmad's far sightedness in developing the industrial sector while
at the same time upgrade the agricultural sector had resulted a
in higher per-capita income among its people. He had also managed
to reduce the rate of unemployment and the ranks of the poor in
As a mark of recognition for his valuable contribution
to the State and Nation, he was awarded with such honours as the
S.M.N., S.S.M., P.S.M., D.U.N.M., S.PM.S., S.P.M.K., S.P.M.T., S.S.D.K.,
D.P., P.N.B.S., P.G.D.K., J.M.N. and the J.P.