Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim

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Tan Sri Datuk Prof.
Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim
Attorney-General of Singapore
In office
9 Aug 1965 – 31 Jan 1967
Preceded by Himself
(as State Advocate General of Singapore)
Succeeded by Tan Boon Teik
State Advocate-General of the State of Singapore
In office
25 June 1959 – 8 August 1965
Preceded by E. P. Shanks
(as Attorney-General of the Crown Colony of Singapore)
Succeeded by Post abolished and replaced with Attorney-General of Singapore
Personal details
Born (1916-05-15)15 May 1916
Singapore, Straits Settlements[1]
Died 17 April 1999(1999-04-17) (aged 82)
Gombak, Malaysia
Nationality Singaporean
Spouse(s) Salmah Mohamed Tahir
Relations Cal Bellini
Residence Gombak, Malaysia
Alma mater University of Cambridge

Tan Sri Datuk Prof. Ahmad Mohamed Ibrahim (15 May 1916 – 17 April 1999) was a Singaporean lawyer and law professor. He was the first Attorney-General of Singapore.

Early life[edit]

Ahmad was educated in Victoria Bridge School (now Victoria School), Raffles Institution, and Raffles College (now the National University of Singapore). In 1936, he received the Queen's Scholarship (now known as the President's Scholarship) to study in St John's College, University of Cambridge. He graduated in 1939 with 1st Class Economics Tripos I and 1st Class Law Tripos II, then attained the Masters in Law in 1965.[2] He was awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Singapore on 5 June 1965.[3]


In 1948, Ahmad stood as an independent candidate in the Municipal Commission Election in Singapore and won. He became Singapore's first State Advocate General in 1959, and the nation's first non-British Attorney-General in 1966. He moved to Malaysia in 1969. In 1972, he became the dean of the law faculty of the University of Malaya. There he established the first law faculty in Malaysia. He was also later made Professor of Malaysian Law, and in 1984 University of Malaya honoured Ahmad with the highest academic title it could confer - Professor Emeritus. In 1984, Ahmad was instrumental in setting up the Kulliyyah of Laws at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and was made the Shaikh and the Dean of the Kulliyyah. In 2000, the Kulliyyah was proclaimed as Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah in honour of Ahmad as the founding father of the Kulliyyah.[4]

Ahmad was a key person in the merger talks between Singapore and Malaysia in the early 1960s. He was also the legal expert in the Singapore delegation to the Malaysia Talks in London in 1963, which discussed independence from Britain.

Former Singaporean deputy prime minister Goh Keng Swee once described Ahmad as a man of "tremendous breadth and depth of intellect, whose ability as a legal draftsman is unsurpassed in this country".

Ahmad was also the brother of the actor Cal Bellini (real name Khalid Ibrahim).


  1. ^ University of London. Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (1998). Yearbook of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. 5. Boston. ISSN 1384-2935. Retrieved 2014-12-27. 
  2. ^ "Ahmad bin Ibrahim". Singapore's Past Ulama. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Tribute to the late Professor Ahmad Ibrahim". BLOG OF KNOWLEDGE (Shari'ah, Law, Islamic Finance and Muslim News). Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Founding Father". International Islamic University Malaysia. Retrieved 2 December 2015.