Abdul Hamid bin Haji Jumat

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Dato
Abdul Hamid bin Haji Jumat
Abdul Hamid bin Haji Jumat.jpg
Abdul Hamid in 1965
1st Deputy Chief Minister of Singapore
In office
June 7, 1956 – June 3, 1959
Chief Minister Lim Yew Hock
Preceded by Newly Created
Succeeded by Toh Chin Chye
Minister of Local Government, Lands and Housing
In office
1956 – June 3, 1959
Chief Minister David Saul Marshall
Lim Yew Hock
Preceded by Francis Thomas
Succeeded by Ong Eng Guan
Minister of Communications and Works
In office
6 April 1955 – 1956
Chief Minister David Saul Marshall
Preceded by Newly created
Succeeded by Francis Thomas
Personal details
Born April 12, 1916
Singapore
Died 1978 (Age 61-62)
Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Alma mater Raffles Institution
Profession Politician and Diplomat
Religion Islam
This is a Malay name; the name Hamid is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Abdul. The Arabic word "bin" ("b.") or "binti"/"binte" ("bt."/"bte."), if used, means "son of" or "daughter of" respectively.

Dato' Abdul Hamid bin Haji Jumad P.M.N. (April 12, 1916 – 1978) was a member of Singapore Legislative Assembly of Malay ethnicity. He was credited as "Singapore's first Malay minister", as well as the "first Singaporean ambassador to Germany". He founded the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Singapore. He served as Deputy Chief Minister in Lim Yew Hock's cabinet. He also served as Minister of Local Government, Lands and Housing, as well as Minister of Communications and Works.

Early and Personal life[edit]

Abdul was born April 12, 1916[1] in Singapore.[2] His father was Haji T. P. Jumat, and his mother was M. Datin Kartini. He attended Raffles Institution.[1]

Abdul had seven children. His youngest child, Putra Haron Jumat (born 1963), is a Malaysian politician who is a member of Barisan Nasional.[3] During his political career, Abdul was an acquaintance with Lee Kuan Yew, although they were not in the same political party.[3]

Career[edit]

Abdul Hamid as Ambassador of Malaysia to the Federal Republic of Germany during the signing of a capital assistance agreement at German Federal Foreign Office, Bonn.

Abdul first started out as a skins exporter with his own company until around 1955, when he founded the Singaporean division of UMNO (Abbreviation for the United Malays National Organisation.)[1] Abdul was a member of political party Labour Front.[4] Following David Marshall's rise to power as Chief Minister in 1955, Abdul was given the role of Minister for Local Government, Lands, and Housing, making him the first such minister;[1] he was initially intended to be Minister of Communication and Works.[5] Cited as "Singapore's first Malay minister",[3] he carried the position until June 1959; Abdul subsequently became the "first Singaporean ambassador to Germany".[1] He was ambassador to other countries too, such as Egypt, the Netherlands, and the Philippines.[3] In addition, Abdul served as Deputy Chief Minister of Singapore from 1956 to 1959.[6] Abdul was conferred the title of Dato' and the Order of the Defender of the Realm, rank Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm.[7]

Death[edit]

In 1973, Abdul went back to Malaysia, where he lived most of his later life as ambassador to various countries. He died some five years later in 1978.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Corfield, Justin (2010). Historical Dictionary of Singapore. Scarecrow Press. pp. 13–. ISBN 9780810873872. 
  2. ^ Who's who in Malaysia and Guide to Singapore. 1975. pp. 4–. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Zakir Hussain (May 2, 2013). "A Johor candidate’s Singapore story". The Straits Times. 
  4. ^ Lee, Edwin (2008). Singapore: The Unexpected Nation. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 119–. ISBN 9789812307965. 
  5. ^ Tan, Kevin. Marshall of Singapore: A Biography. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. pp. 244–. ISBN 9789812308788. 
  6. ^ "Portrait of Mr. Abdul Hamid Haji Jumat, Deputy Chief Minister of Singapore". BooksSG. Retrieved May 29, 2013. 
  7. ^ Morais, John Victor (1959). The Who's who in Malaysia. Solai Press. pp. 2–.