Razik Fareed

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The Honourable
Sir Razik Fareed
Former Cabinet Minister of Trade
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Colombo
Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan
Personal details
Born 29 December 1893
Died 23 August 1984(1984-08-23) (aged 90)
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Alma mater Royal College, Colombo
Occupation Politician, Diplomat
Profession Landed Proprietor
Religion Islam
Military service
Allegiance Ceylon
Service/branch Ceylon Defence Force
Years of service (1915-1918)
Rank Lieutenant
Unit Colombo Town Guard
Battles/wars World War I

Sir Razik Fareed, OBE, JP, UM (29 December 1893 - 23 August 1984), was a Ceylonese (Sri Lankan) landed proprietor, politician, diplomat and philanthropist. He was the former Cabinet Minister of Trade, Senator, member of parliament and the state council. He had also served as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan.

He was educated at the prestigious Royal College Colombo; he was a landed proprietor. In 1915 he joined the Moorish Section of the Colombo Town Guard as a Corporal and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1916 having served during the 1915 Riots.[1]

Moving into politics in 1930 Sir Razik, entered the Colombo Municipal Council where he was a member for 15 years. Thereafter he was voted into the State Council of Ceylon before being appointed to the Senate of Ceylon after independence in 1948. A founding member of the United National Party he retained his seat for Colombo central in the House of Representatives of Ceylon for three times running. In 1960 he was appointed Cabinet Minister in the caretaker government of W. Dahanayake, holding several different portfolios in the cabinet changes that followed.

In 1968 he was sent as Ceylon's High Commissioner to Pakistan. Sir Razik is remembered for the establishment of the Muslim Ladies College with his own land.

Sir Razik is the son of Wapchi Marikar Abdul Rahman, ex-MLC (1868–1933), and paternal grandson of the famous Ceylon Moor building contractor in Colombo, Arasi Marikar Wapchi Marikar (Bass) (1829–1925), who was descended from the Sheiq Fareed family who arrived in Ceylon in 1060 AD.

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