Syed Ahmad Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin

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Tun Datuk Seri Utama Syed Ahmad Al-Haj bin Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin
4th Menteri Besar of Kedah
In office
1967–1978
5th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca
In office
1984–2004
Preceded by Syed Zahiruddin bin Syed Hassan
Succeeded by Mohd Khalil Yaakob
Personal details
Born 4 May 1925
Kulim, Kedah
Died 7 July 2008
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Spouse(s) Sharifah Haniffah binti Syed Alwi (decesed 1993)
Marfuza bte Sheikh Mohd Osman
Religion Islam

Tun Datuk Seri Utama Syed Ahmad Al-Haj bin Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin (4 May 1925 – 7 July 2008) was a Malaysian politician. He was the Menteri Besar of Kedah from 1967 to 1978 and the fifth Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Melaka state from 1984 until 2004.

Life[edit]

Syed Ahmad was born on 4 May 1925 in Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia. He is the third son of five brothers and sisters. Syed Ahmad received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Kulim (Kulim Malay School) in 1932 till 1935 and continued his education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, Alor Star till he passed his Senior Cambridge Examination in 1947.

Syed Ahmad had wide experience and actively engaged in politics. He was the Kedah UMNO Assistant Secretary (1951–1954), Secretary Kedah UMNO (1954–1967), Chairman, UMNO State Liaison Committee and Kedah National Front (1967–1978), UMNO Supreme Council Member (1968–1978), and Deputy chairman, UMNO State Liaison Committee and Kedah National Front (1978–1984).

Syed Ahmad was appointed as Menteri Besar of Kedah (1967–1978) and Deputy Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs (1978–1982 and Malaysia's High Commissioner to Singapore (1982–1984). In 1984, He was appointed as the fifth Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Melaka state.

Syed Ahmad married Toh Puan Sharifah Haniffah binti Syed Alwi in 1950 and they are blessed with six children. Toh Puan died on 5 July 1993 in Kuala Lumpur. In 1960, H.E. Tun married Toh Puan Datuk Seri Datin Seri Utama Marfuza bte Sheikh Mohd Osman and they are blessed with 4 children.

Deaths[edit]

Syed Ahmad died on 7 July 2008 at his house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur. He was 83 years old. His body was buried at Melaka's State Heroes Mausoleum (Makam Pahlawan Negeri) near Al Azim Mosque in Malacca Town, Melaka. He was the first state leader to be buried there.

Legacy[edit]

Honours and titles[edit]

He has been awarded :[1]

Titles[edit]

He held the title of "Tun Datuk Seri Utama" by combination of his highest Federal Malaysian title "Tun" (SMN) and his highest Malaccan title "Datuk Seri Utama" (DUNM)
In other states of Malaysia, a similar combination between his highest Federal Malaysian title "Tun" (SMN) and his local highest title may be used. Example : Tun Datuk Seri Panglima in Sabah.

Honours of Malacca[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Website of the Governor of Malacca, Biography with details
Preceded by
Syed Zahiruddin Syed Hassan
Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka
1984–2004
Succeeded by
Mohd Khalil Yaakob