Adibah Amin

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Adibah Amin
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Adibah Amin. Kuala Lumpur, 1988
Khalidah Adibah bt Amin

(1936-02-19) February 19, 1936 (age 83)
ResidenceKuala Lumpur
Other namesSri Delima
  • Writer
  • columnist
  • teacher
  • actress
  • linguist
Home townJohor Bahru
Parent(s)Zainon Munshi Sulaiman (mother)
1950 - 2010

Khalidah Adibah binti Amin (born 19 February 1936), known professionally as Adibah Amin, is a Malaysian writer, columnist, teacher, translator and actress.[1][2]


Born in Johor Bahru, she graduated from her English-medium secondary school and University of Malaya (1957). From 1958 to 1961, she taught Malay and English at the Malay Girls College in Kuala Lumpur. Later she taught at the Language Institute and Alam Shah School, both in Kuala Lumpur and then became the first headmistress of Jalan Kolam Ayer School [now Seri Puteri School in Cyberjaya] with another stint at the Language Institute before she left the education service.

She worked as a journalist for the newspaper New Straits Times from 1971 to 1984 and later for The Star in the 1990s. Adibah is remembered by many English speakers as the author of the column in the New Straits Times which she wrote in the 1970s and 1980s using the pen name Sri Delima. The columns were republished in book form in 2009.[3]

Literary career[edit]

Adibah's writing includes three novels in Malay: Bangsawan Tulen ("The True Aristocrat", 1950), Seroja Masih di Kolam ("The Lotus is still in the Pond", 1972, translated into Japanese in 1986), and Tempat Jatuh Lagi Dikenang ("We still remember places where we fell", 1985). She has also written more than 200 radio plays and short stories.[3] Her English novel This End of the Rainbow was published in 2006.[4] She collaborated with both The Star and the New Straits Times publishing articles on how to speak Malay correctly.[5]

She was also engaged in literary translations from Malay to English: "No Harvest but a Thorn" by Shahnon Ahmad and "Jungle of Hope" by Keris Mas plus works of poetry by Usman Awang. She also made appearances in three films: Adik Manja, (1980), Hati Bukan Kristal (1989), and Mat Som (1990).[6]

In 2008 Adibah suffered a stroke. Though she is not paralysed, she is incapacitated enough not to be able to work any more.


  • Best Supporting Actor in the first Malaysia Film Festival in 1980 for her role in Adik Manja.
  • S.E.A. Write Award, Thailand (1983)
  • "Esso-Gapena Prize" for contribution to the development of the literature (1991)
  • Outstanding journalist of the country by the Malaysian Union of Journalists (1996)
  • Johore Literary Prize (1996)
  • Tun Razak Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of education and the establishment of mutual understanding and harmony between the national communities of Malaysia (1998)
  • National Translator Prize (2012)
  • Special journalistic award of the Press Institute of Malaysia (2013) [7]
  • The title of "Outstanding Malaysian Figure" (2014)


  1. ^ "From Zero to Hero". This End of the Rainbow. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Amin, Adibah (1936–)". Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b "As I was Passing by Adibah Amin". Taylor's Library. Retrieved 28 March 2015.
  4. ^ Amin, Adibah (2006). This End of the Rainbow: A Novel. Phoenix Press. ISBN 978-983-42627-6-1.
  5. ^ Adibah Amin - in: Pogadaev, V. Malay World (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore). Lingvostranovedchesky Dictionary. M.: "Vostochnaya Kniga", 2012, p. 34-35
  6. ^ A. F. Yassin Ahmad Fadzli Yassin.Sembang sastera bersama orang persuratan. Shah Alam: Fajar Bakti, 1998
  7. ^ Adibah Amin terima Anugerah Khas MPI-Petronas 2013 - "Utusan Malaysia", 26 April 2014

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