Abdul Kadir Yusuf
|Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri
Abdul Kadir Yusuf
Parit Sakai, Muar, Johor
Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Died||18 April 1992 (aged 76–77)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Resting place||Makam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|Political party||United Malays National Organisation|
|Spouse(s)||Tun Fatimah Hashim|
Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Yusuf (1915–1992) was a Malaysian politician. A lawyer by profession, Abdul Kadir held the posts of Attorney General and Solicitor-General at various points during his lifetime. He was also the Minister of Law. Together with his wife Fatimah Hashim, former Welfare Minister, Abdul Kadir represented one half of the first couple to be on the Malaysian cabinet. He was also the Director of the National Library of Malaysia.
Abdul Kadir was born in Parit Sakai, Muar, Johor on 1915. During his life, he was a member of the United Malays National Organisation, the leading party in the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional. He was a Tenggaroh State Assemblyman.
Kadir is survived by his wife, politician Tun Fatimah Hashim, six children, nineteen grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
His eldest daughter, Mariam, was the Director of the Malaysian National Library and is now retired. His second son, Mohamed Shah, has now retired as Chairman of McDonald's Malaysia and Founder of Ronald McDonald's Children's Charity (RMCC) Malaysia. His third son, Professor Emeritus Dato' Dr Khalid Abdul Kadir was previously the Director of Hospital UKM, Kuala Lumpur, and is now the Dean of Medicine at Monash University Malaysia. His fourth son Datuk Ali Abdul Kadir is an accomplished accountant who has held such prestigious positions as Chairman of Ernst & Young, Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia, and recently retired as Chairman of Dubai Investment Group. His fifth son Abdul Karim is in business and adviser to a few public and private companies following a 17-year working stint in Japan. Faridah, his youngest daughter is also an adviser to a Danish Investment Bank.
The Yayasan Kadir & Fatimah (Yayasan K&F) confers the Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Gold Medal Award to UIA (Faculty of Law for the best Syariah Law student) and to UKM (Faculty of Law for the best Law Student). The Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Gold Medal is also awarded to the student who tops the Accounting Law paper for CPA. The Yayasan recently started conferring the Tun Fatimah medal for the best female student active in community work for the first time in September 2007 and will be awarded annually to Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi Mara and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia students.
Yayasan K&F continues to support public primary schools in Johor and Kedah, organise the annual Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds, and numerous other charitable causes through Abdul Kadir and Fatimah's children and grandchildren.
Several projects and institutions were named after him, including:
- Dewan Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Yusuf in Attorney General Chambers in Putrajaya.
- Perpustakaan Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Yusuf in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.
- Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tan Sri Abdul Kadir in Mersing, Johor.
- Sekolah Agama Tan Sri Abdul Kadir in Endau, Johor.