Noor Dean

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Noor Dean
Member of House of Representatives (Fiji)
Labasa/Bua Indian Communal Constituency
In office
1987–1987
Preceded byMohammed Sadiq
Succeeded byConstitution abrogated
Personal details
BornSuva, Fiji
Political partyNational Federation Party
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
ProfessionLawyer

Noor Dean is a Fiji Indian lawyer and politician who served in the Suva City Council and was elected to the House of Representatives of Fiji in 1987.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born in Suva, Fiji in 1946, the oldest boy in a family of 12. His father, the late Rahmat Dean was a popular architect who designed the Toorak Mosque in Suva.

Politics[edit]

Dean served in the Suva City Council since 1972, representing the National Federation Party and was elected Suva's Lord Mayor for the 1982-1983 term. Noor served the largest and oldest political party as Branch Secretary, Youth Leader, National Organising Secretary and National Vice-President.

He was also a close confidant of three of the Leaders of Opposition and worked closely as a loyalist for Sidiq Koya, A. D. Patel, Karam Ramrakha (his mentor) and Irene Jai Narayan.

He has also been a Trade Unionist with the Fiji Teachers Union where he rose to the position of Assistant General Secretary.

For the 1987 general election, the NFP-Labour Coalition chose him as a candidate for the Labasa/Bua Indian Communal Constituency which he won easily. He was elected the Deputy Speaker but was a member of Parliament for a month when the 1987 Fijian coups d'état prematurely ended his political career.

He was elected as a Vice-President for the International Congress for Fiji Indians (ICFI) for 2005-2007.

Religion[edit]

Dean participated in the Fiji Muslim League.

He has served as Vice President of the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) and is a founding member of the Australian Islamic Foundation Inc. He has served the Fiji Islamic Society in various capacities as the Vice President, Secretary and President, since 1989.

Adult Life[edit]

He is married with five children and currently resides in Victoria, Australia.

He has worked as a principal and school teacher.

Legal Career[edit]

He is a British educated Lawyer, a Barrister of Grays Inn (1980), London.[1]

He was called to the Bar in the United Kingdom, and has worked as a lawyer in Fiji and Australia.

He was a Partner in a 50-year-old established law firm, Buxton and Associates, based in Victoria, Australia. Currently, he is the Principal at MLC Lawyers in Melbourne.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The U.S. in Fiji - A Coup In Question" (29 ed.). The Pacific: Covert Action Information Bulletin. Retrieved 27 January 2017.