Yayasan Tun Abdul HamidBoard of Directors
FOUNDER & FIRST CHAIRMAN
Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Hj. Omar
Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Hj. Omar was educated at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Kedah. Tun went on to further his studies in England and was called to the English Bar, of Lincoln’s Inn, London, in 1955. Tun was appointed a judge of the High Court of Malaya in 1968 and retired as Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia in 1994.
A keen golfer, Tun had also always been actively involved in social work, having served as the National Chairman of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) and President of the Malaysian Leprosy Association (MALRA).
After serving as Chairman of the Yayasan for 13 years since its inception in 1996, Tun passed away on 1st September 2009 (11 Ramadan 1430).
Tun was very much loved and respected by all who knew him and he is greatly missed.
The Yayasan will endeavour to continue Tun’s legacy in its efforts to fulfill its objective of administering funds for legal education and other related charitable purposes.
Background to the Founding & First Board of Directors of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid
The Founding Directors, who, together with Founding Chairman Y.A. Bhg. Allahyarham Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Omar, made up the first Board of Directors of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid were: Allahyarham Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah, who served on the Board from 1996-2003, the late Dato’ Seri S. Augustine Paul, who served on the Board from 1996-2007 and Tun Mohd. Eusoff Chin, who also served on the Board from 1996-2007.
Special mention must be made of the late Dato’ Seri S. Augustine Paul’s pivotal role in drafting the Memorandum & Articles of Association of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid together with its Auditor, Mr. Wong Yeng Mun.
The Board of Directors & Office Bearers of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid, present and future, and the beneficiaries of the Yayasan’s charitable donations and acts of charity shall be always indebted to the endeavours of the late Dato’ Seri S. Augustine Paul and Mr. Wong Yeng Mun for their part in in making Allahyarham Tun Abdul Hamid’s aspiration of establishing a charitable foundation in furtherance of legal education and ultimately to improve the quality of human life, a reality.
Azizuddin bin Abdul Hamid
Azizuddin bin Abdul Hamid was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 18 November 2006. He was elected Vice-Chairman in 2008, following the illness of the then Chairman, Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Hj. Omar.
Azizuddin was elected Chairman of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid after the demise of Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid in 2009.
Azizuddin was educated at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur, the Royal Military College, Sungei Besi and Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology, Cambridge, England. He obtained his B.A. (Honours) Economics & Accounting from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England in 1980 and Postgraduate Diploma-in-Law from the City University, London.
Azizuddin is a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London, UK, having been called to the English Bar in 1983. He was called to the Malaysian Bar in 1984. He is a partner in a law practice he established in 1988.
Azizuddin is a keen runner and cyclist and has taken part in several marathons and amateur running/cycling events. In recent years however, Azizuddin tends to participate mainly in running events which support a charitable cause.
Of historical interest pictured is an extract of a letter composed & signed by Arwah Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid on 13th Nov 2006 stating his intention that his eldest son, Azizuddin, like himself a Barrister-at-Law of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, U. K., be appointed to the Board of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid to ensure continuity of the running and the objects of the Yayasan.
Mr. Kwang Jia Shing
Mr. Kwang Jia Shing was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 5 August 2009. Mr. Kwang received his LL.B. (Hons) from the University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology, U.K. in 1984 and was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law of Lincoln’s Inn, London, U.K. in 1985.
Upon being called to the Malaysian Bar in 1986, Mr. Kwang proceeded to practise at various legal firms in Kuala Lumpur, thereby acquiring a varied experience in litigation, conveyancing and corporate matters.
Mr. Kwang has been a partner at Messrs Azizuddin, Kwang & Co. since 1990. He has also been appointed a Commissioner for Oaths since 1994 and has been a member of the Investigating Tribunal of the Advocates & Solicitors Board since 2002. He is also a Council Member of the Malaysian Estate Owners’ Association.
Conversant in five Chinese dialects, Mr. Kwang is an active member of the Rotary Club of Johor Bahru.
Ellina binti Abdul Majid
Ellina binti Abdul Majid was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 26 March 2010. Ellina was educated in Malaysia and the U.K.
An Honours graduate in Law & Anthropology from the University of London, Ellina also holds a Teacher’s Diploma in Speech & Drama from the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), U.K.
She is the author of several books, most notably the novel, ‘Perhaps in Paradise’, which was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 1999.
Ellina is on the Board of Directors of several companies. She devotes whatever spare time she has in doing charitable works and is especially interested in the provision of educational opportunities for underprivileged children. She quotes the scholar, Forest Witcraft, who wrote:
“A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the make of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”
Ellina is honoured to serve on the Board of Directors of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid and hopes to contribute positively towards fulfilling the objectives of the Yayasan to the best of her ability.
Melissa Lee Mooi Yoke
Ms Melissa Lee Mooi Yoke was appointed Company Secretary of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid since the Yayasan’s incorporation in November 1996.
Incidentally, Mr. Wong Yeng Mun, who together with the late Dato’ Seri S. Augustine Paul, had drafted the Yayasan’s Memorandum & Articles of Association, was Ms Melissa’s boss at Wong Yeng Mun & Co. (now Actax Management Sdn. Bhd.).
Ms Melissa received her secondary school education at SMK Taman Petaling, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. She holds a Diploma in Accounting and obtained her Company Secretarial licence from Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (then known as Registrar of Companies) in 1992.
Ms Melissa is married with two children.
IMMEDIATE PAST DIRECTORS
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Hj. Lamin bin Hj. Mohd. Yunus
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Hj. Lamin bin Hj. Mohd. Yunus was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 16 December 2006.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Hj. Lamin received his education from High School Klang, Selangor, High School Bukit Mertajam, Penang and Anglo-Chinese Boys’ School, Penang.
Tan Sri then went on to obtain an LLB (Hons) from the University of Singapore in 1963 and a few years later, a post graduate Diploma in Socio-Legal Studies from the University College of Wales, U.K.
After a long and illustrious career with the Malaysian Judicial & Legal Service, Tan Sri retired as the first President of the Court of Appeal in 2001.
Tan Sri also has the rare honour of being elected by the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly as an ad litem Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Republic of Yugoslavia, based in The Hague between 2005-2009.
Arwah Tan Sri Lamin was a humble gentleman of the Old School, who took his duties as a Director of the Yayasan very seriously.
As a signatory, together with the Chairman, in accounting matters of the Yayasan, arwah Tan Sri was known to handwrite his comments and views, sign and seal the documents in an envelope, carefully write out the address and place a stamp on top, and then drive personally to the postbox a short distance from his house and pop it in the postbox.
It would have been all too easy for arwah Tan Sri to instruct his PA to do the needful but arwah’s meticulousness and dedication to the task at hand meant he simply had to do it himself. We miss you, Tan Sri, and your services to the Yayasan will always be cherished.
May Allah SWT in His Infinite Mercy, place Allahyarham Tan Sri Datuk Hj. Lamin bin Hj. Mohd. Yunus among the souls of the righteous. Al Fatihah.
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid bin Ismail
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid bin Ismail was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 14 November 2008. Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid was educated at Maxwell Boys’ School and Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. An orthopaedic surgeon by profession, Tan Sri obtained his Fellowship in Surgery from The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, Scotland in 1955 and his Master’s in Orthopaedics at The University of Liverpool, England in 1957.
Tan Sri was the first Malayan Chief Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (a position previously held exclusively by Colonials) and eventually retired as the Director-General of Health for Malaysia in 1976. He then ventured into several businesses and was Chairman of the Board of several companies. Tan Sri was also the founding Chairman of the INTI Education Group.
Tan Sri recently retired as Chairman of Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (Malaysian Heart Foundation) after holding the position for many years. Tan Sri was also on the Board of Yayasan Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz and a committee member of Rumah Amal Cahaya Tengku Ampuan Rahmah (RACTAR).
It is with a deep measure of sadness that the Chairman and Board of Directors acknowledge the passing of Allahyarham Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid bin Ismail on 24 March 2013 (12 Jamadil Awal 1434)