Sulaiman Ninam Shah

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Sulaiman Ninam Shah

Deputy President of the Dewan Negara
In office
14 December 1982 – 1 April 1985
Preceded byAbdul Hamid Bidin
Succeeded byAbang Ahmad Urai
Member of the Johore State Legislative Assembly
for Parit Jawa
In office
19 August 1959 – 25 April 1964
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byChe Sairan Sabtu
Majority7,020 (1959)
Member of the Johore State Council for Muar Coastal
In office
10 October 1954 – 19 August 1959
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born(1920-01-02)2 January 1920
Kampung Sarang Buaya, Muar, Johor
Died5 July 2003(2003-07-05) (aged 83)
Pantai Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Resting place6th Mile Muslim Cemetery, Jalan Bakri, Bukit Bakri, Muar, Johor
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (1946-2003)
Spouse(s)Toh Puan Rose Othman
Children6 sons and 3 daughters

Tun Sulaiman bin Ninam Shah (2 January 1920 – 5 July 2003)[1] was a Malaysian businessman and veteran politician. He was also former member of Johore State Council for Muar Coastal (1954–1959) and Johor State Legislative Assembly for Parit Jawa (1959-1964), former Senator (1979-1985) and the 6th Deputy President of the Dewan Negara (1982-1985). He is one of the founders of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and former Permanent Chairman of UMNO (1976-2003).[2].


Sulaiman was born in Kampung Sarang Buaya, Muar, Johor to a mix of Indian Muslim and Malay family.[3] He married Rose Othman in 1946 and the couple had nine children. Six sons and three daughters named, Datin Faridah, Datuk Kadar Shah, Mohd Shah, Othman, Zainal Abiddin, Mariam, Hassan, Mohd Nathir and Intaan Rogayah.

Early life[edit]

Sulaiman started his career as a police constabel in Johor in 1939. Three years later when Malaya was under the Japanese occupation, he was promoted as the Police Vehicles Officer and later as the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) to work as the Police Chief of Muar district until the surrender of Japan in 1945.[citation needed] At the same time, Sulaiman started to involve into business by opening a newspapers, magazines and books store in Muar. Sulaiman in the subsequent year managed to get a tender contract to provide foods supplies to Muar Hospital. In the 1970-ies, he started a joint-venture company opening a palm oil estate in Segamat.

Sulaiman later successfully got elected as the chairman and director for companies such as Budget Rent-A-Car, Laksamana Tour, Top Coach Builder, Malacca-Singapore Ekspress, Pelaburan Johor Bhd., T & T Properties, Menara Landmark and also Bank Rakyat.[4]


Sulaiman was involved in politics since the foundation of UMNO in 1946. In the 1st general election of Malaya in 1954 before Independence, he contested as an Alliance Party candidate and won the Muar Coastal seat to be a member of Johore State Council. In the second Malayan general election in 1959, he contested again under Alliance Party and managed to defeat the Pan-Malayan Islamic Party (PMIP) candidate with 7,020 majority votes to be the Johor state assemblyman for Parit Jawa seat. However, he had a heart condition which caused him to retract from re-contesting in 1964 general election

He maintained his position as Deputy Chairman of the Muar Division of UMNO until 1967. In the following year he was selected as the Permanent Chairman of UMNO Malaysia in 1976 before elected in 1978. He held the position until his death in 2003.

Sulaiman was also appointed as senator in Dewan Negara for two terms from 1979 to 1985 which he was elected as the Deputy President in the second term.


Sulaiman, 83, died from leukaemia at 5am, at the Pantai Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur. He was buried at 6th Mile Muslim Cemetery, Jalan Bakri, Bukit Bakri, Muar, Johor.[5]


Honours of Malaysia[edit]

Places named after him[edit]

Several places were named after him, including:

  • Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tun Sulaiman Ninam Shah, Muar, Johor. (a secondary school formerly SMK Jalan Junid which rename in honour of Tun Sulaiman Ninam Shah)
  • Taman Tun Sulaiman Ninam Shah (a housing area near Jalan Junid, Parit Sakai, Muar, Johor)
  • Jalan Sulaiman Ninam Shah 1 - Jalan Sulaiman Ninam Shah 6 (streets of Taman Bunga Mawar, Muar, Johor)
  • Dewan Tun Sulaiman Ninam Shah (a multi-purpose hall of Bangunan UMNO Muar, 123, Jalan Meriam, Taman Sri Tanjung, Muar, Johor)


  1. ^ Tan Sri Sulaiman Ninam Shah.
  2. ^ Umno co-founder Sulaiman Ninam Shah gone but not forgotten|New Straits Times|07-06-2003|Byline: Zubaidah Abu Bakar|Edition: New Sunday Times; 2*|Section: Nation|Column: In passing
  3. ^ Kimma, Kurma and Karma|BY Sheikh Moinudeen Chisti Syed Abdul Kadir|Wednesday, 05 March 2008
  4. ^ Biographies - Sulaiman Ninam Shah|Able2Act
  5. ^ "Umno permanent chairman dies". Bernama. The Star. 6 July 2003. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  7. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  9. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2001" (PDF).