Abdul Hamid Omar
|1st Chief Justice of Malaysia|
10 November 1988 – 24 September 1994
|Preceded by||Post created |
Salleh Abas as Lord President of the Supreme Court
|Succeeded by||Eusoff Chin|
Abdul Hamid bin Omar
25 March 1929
Kuala Perlis, Perlis, Unfederated Malay States, British Malaya
|Died||1 September 2009 (aged 80)|
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Spouse(s)||Azian Aiyub Ghazali|
|Alma mater||Lincoln's Inn|
Abdul Hamid Omar was born on 25 March 1929 in Kuala Perlis, Perlis Indera Kayangan. He obtained his early education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College in Alor Setar in 1940, which could not be completed as a result of the Second World War. During the war period, he was able to master the Japanese language. When the war ended, he returned to Alor Setar to continue his studies and passed his "Senior Cambridge" examination. Later, he left for London to further his studies at Lincoln's Inn, and graduated as a Barrister-at-Law in England. He was called to the English Bar in November 1955.
He first entered the Malaysian Civil Service as a Magistrate in 1956, and then moved to become Deputy Public Prosecutor of Perak State (1960–1961) and then quickly moved to being State Legal Advisor of Perak (1961–1962). After a few years he was then Chief Registrar of the Federal Court (1967) and soon afterwards a High Court Judge (1968). After becoming Chief Justice of Malaya in 1985, he was involved in the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis, chairing the six member tribunal which resulted in the dismissal of the then Lord President Tun Salleh Abas. After taking over as Lord President of the Supreme Court a vote of no confidence was passed against him by the Bar Council. He retired shortly after he became Chief Justice of Malaysia in 1994, when the Lord President post was abolished and renamed. He was also involved with the Malaysian Red Crescent Society and joined the private sector after his retirement from the judiciary where he was chairman of several companies.
He was bestowed several awards, which include the Seri Setia Mahkota (S.S.M.) which carries the title of Tun by His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 7 June 1989, the Panglima Setia Mahkota (P.S.M.), the Panglima Mangku Negara (P.M.N.), the D.P.M.P. and the P.M.P. He was conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the Oklahoma City University, United States in April 1997.
- Grand Knight of the Most Illustrious Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP)
- Knight Grand Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of the Crown of Selangor (SPMS)
- Knight Commander of the Most Illustrious Order of the Crown of Perlis (DPMP)
- Hamid, Halimatul; Jammaludin, Nurul Huda (2 September 2009). "Former Lord President Dies" (PDF). New Straits Times. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- "Hamid Omar Remembered". The Sun Daily (Malaysia). 1 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- "Banyak jasa kepada sistem perundangan" [Many services to the legal system] (in Malay). Utusan Online. 2 September 2009. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- Samy, Florence A. (2 September 2009). "Former Lord President Abdul Hamid dies at age 80". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 11 February 2018.
- "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
- "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1989" (PDF).
| Lord President of the Supreme Court
Lord President of the Supreme Court
| Chief Justice of Malaysia