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Lord President Tun Mohamed Suffian

Lord President Tun Mohamed Suffian was elected President at the Second General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur. He was a founding member of ALA and, for many delegates at that conference in Hotel Jakarta, the life and soul of the nascent organization.

Born in 1917, Lord President Suffian – “Suff” to his ALA friends – was Malaysia’s most distinguished judge. Academically brilliant, he won a Queen’s scholarship to Cambridge University and later studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom.

After the Second World War, Lord President Suffian returned to Malaysia, where he ran the British Broadcasting Corporation’s Malay Service. He was appointed to the Malay Civil Service in 1946, becoming Solicitor General in 1959. In 1961, Lord President Suffian became a judge of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, where he became Chief Justice in 1973. Throughout his public service, he was known for his concern for ordinary citizens, his humility, and his belief in an independent judiciary.

On 26 September 2000, Lord President Suffian passed away. In honour of his dedication to his country and his brave, honest views on constitutional law, Malaysia created a memorial in his name.

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