BOARD OF DIRECTORS

When Allahyarham Tun Dato’ Seri Hj Abdul Hamid bin Hj Omar retired as the first Chief Justice of Malaysia on September 1994, there was a proposal by a small group of judicial personages that a charitable foundation be set up in Tun’s name, as a mark of honour and appreciation of Tun’s long tenure in the judicial service.

 

 
The main objects of such a charitable foundation were primarily to be in furtherance of legal education, including the provision of financial assistance for impoverished prospective students of law, as well as a secondary mission to organise and carry out schemes towards the relief of human suffering and improvement of the standard of human life.

 

 
Established on 09 November 1996 as a tax exempt company limited by guarantee, the current Board of Directors & Trustees of YAYASAN TUN ABDUL HAMID continues to strive to uphold the objectives and ideals envisioned by the founding members of this august charitable organisation.

FOUNDER & FIRST CHAIRMAN

Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Hj. Omar

(1929-2009)

Allahyarham 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, The Honourable Society 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.

May Allah SWT in His Infinite Mercy, place Allahyarham Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid bin Hj. Omar among the souls of the righteous. aameen. Al Fatihah.

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, the late 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.

CHAIRMAN
Azizuddin bin Abdul Hamid

Encik 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.

Encik Azizuddin was elected Chairman of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid after the demise of Tun Dato’ Seri Hj. Abdul Hamid in 2009.

Encik Azizuddin was educated at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur, the Royal Military College, Sungei Besi and Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology (now Anglia Ruskin University), 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.

Encik Azizuddin is a Barrister-at-Law of The Honourable Society 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.

Encik 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 below 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.

DIRECTORS
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 The Honourable Society 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.

Puan Ellina binti Abdul Majid

Puan Ellina binti Abdul Majid was appointed a Director of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 26 March 2010. Prior to her appointment, she had spearheaded several charitable initiatives as a friend of the Yayasan.

 

Educated in Malaysia & the UK, Puan Ellina is an Honours graduate in Law & Anthropology from the University of London and also holds a 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.

 

While Puan Ellina used to be involved on the Board of several companies, she is mainly retired now and devotes her time to doing charitable works. She is especially interested in the provision of educational opportunities for underprivileged children and 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.”

 

Puan 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.

COMPANY SECRETARY
Ms 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, the late 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.

MEMBERS
Puan Aza Izati binti Abdul Aziz
Puan Aza Izati Abdul Aziz was first introduced to the objects & mission of the Yayasan as a volunteer & friend of the Yayasan at various Yayasan charitable events in 2009. Puan Aza Izati Abdul Aziz was elected as a voting Member of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 12 March 2012.

 

An Honours graduate in Law from the Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, Puan Aza Izati is currently an Assistant Vice President in the Portfolio Strategy department KWAP (Retirement Fund Incorporated).

Puan Serena Isabelle binti Azizuddin
Puan Serena Isabelle binti Azizuddin has been an active volunteer and friend of the Yayasan since 2009. Puan Serena Isabelle binti Azizuddin was elected as a voting Member of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid on 15 December 2014.

 

Puan Serena is an Honours graduate in Law from the University of Kent, UK and a Master’s graduate in Law, specialising in Civil Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution, from City University, London, UK. She is also a Barrister-At-Law of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, UK and an Advocate & Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya.

 

Puan Serena is currently a Senior Associate at one of the leading law firms in the Asia Pacific region.


The Board of Directors holds its board meetings four times a year in compliance with its Memorandum & Articles of Association.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETINGS 2019
The first Board of Directors’ meeting of 2019 was held on Monday 25 March 2019 at The Royal Selangor Golf Club, Kuala Lumpur.

The date of this meeting was particularly auspicious as it marked the 90th anniversary of the birth of our venerable and much loved Founder and first Chairman, Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Dato’ Seri Hj Abdul Hamid bin Hj Omar.

Himself an excellent golfer, the late Tun was a familiar personage at the Royal Selangor Golf Club and was the Club Captain and then President, for several years.

Incidentally, 24 March 2019, the day prior to the meeting, marked the 6th anniversary of the passing of past Director, Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Hj Abdul Majid bin Ismail, who was also a keen golfer and an almost permanent fixture at the Club for close to 50 years.

May both arwah Tun and arwah Tan Sri be at peace. Al Fatihah.

A modest lunch was provided after the meeting at which Yayasan members, Puan Aza Izati and Puan Serena Isabelle were invited

A photo taken at the wall commemorating the past Presidents of the Royal Selangor Golf Club

The second Board of Directors’ meeting of 2019 followed by the 22nd Annual General Meeting of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid was held on Saturday 15 June 2019 at the meeting room of The Royal Selangor Golf Club.

The Auditor, Ms Annabelle Lee, summarising the highlights of the audited accounts for Y/E 2018 for the Directors’ and Members’ reference.

The Chairman, Directors, Members, Company Secretary & Auditor pose for a photo to mark the 22nd AGM of the Yayasan.

The third Board of Directors meeting of 2019 was held on Monday 23 September 2019 at 10.30am.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ MEETINGS 2018
The first meeting for 2018 was held on Monday 5th March at 10.30am.

The second meeting of the Board of Directors for 2018 was held on Monday 11th June at 10.30am, followed by the Twenty First Annual General Meeting of Yayasan Tun Abdul Hamid at 11.30am.

L to R: Ms Anabelle Lee (YTAH Auditor), En Azizuddin Abdul Hamid (Chairman), Mr Kwang Jia Shing (Director), Pn Ellina Abdul Majid (Director) & Ms Melissa Lee (Company Secretary) after the AGM Meeting on 11th June 2018

The third meeting of the Board of Directors for 2018 was held on Monday 27th August 2018 at 10.30am.

The fourth and final meeting of the Board of Directors for 2018 was held on Monday 10th December 2018.

IMMEDIATE PAST DIRECTORS
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Hj. Lamin bin Hj. Mohd. Yunus

Allahyarham 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 had 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 put 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.

Arwah Tan Sri Lamin passed away on 9th July 2015 (25 Syawal 1436).

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

Allahyarham 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 was also the Chairman of Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (Malaysian Heart Foundation) for many years. Arwah 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 was with a deep measure of sadness that the Chairman and Board of Directors acknowledged the passing of Allahyarham Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid bin Ismail on 24 March 2013 (12 Jamadil Awal 1434).

May Allah SWT in His Infinite Mercy, place Allahyarham Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Abdul Majid bin Ismail among the souls of the righteous, aameen. Al Fatihah.