M. K. Saldin

Mohamed Khalid Saldin (1870-1944) was a Ceylonese businessman/philanthropist and politician.[1]

Mohamed Khalid Saldin was born in 1870 in Colombo, the youngest son (of seven children) to Baba Ounus Saldin (1832-1906), businessman, editor and publisher of Alamat Langkapuri (the first Malay newspaper), and Nyona Nurani née Janan (his first wife).[2]

In 1906 Salid inherited his father's business (an import and export company) and under the name of M. K. Saldin & Company further expanded its operations. He was elected the first president of the All Ceylon Malay Association in January 1923.[3][4]

He was appointed by the Governor, Graeme Thomson, as one of eight additional members to the 1st State Council of Ceylon, on 26 June 1931, representing the Malay Muslim community.[5][6]

Saldin married Dane Ayu née Sabar (1878-?) and they eight children. His daughters, Evelyn Mashmoon (1908-1992) married Baba Zahiere Lye, appointed member of Parliament (1963-1965), and Hazelyn Suhan (1911-1985) married Mohamed Purvis Drahaman, appointed member of Parliament (1956–1963). His second wife was Nona Juhari née Borehan (1881-?), with whom he had four children. His third wife was Nona Dane Wangsa née Sabar, with whom he had two children.[7]


  1. ^ "Hon. Saldin, Mohamed Khalid, M.P." Parliament of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  2. ^ Hussainmiya, B.A. (1991). "Journal of the Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society". Baba Ounus Saldin; Study of a Malay Literary Savant of Sri Lanka. Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society. 64 (2 (261)): 103–134.
  3. ^ "Formation of the Sri Lanka Malay Association". Persatuan Melayu Sri Lanka. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  4. ^ Dole, Nilma (16 August 2008). "Rallying Malays all the way". The Daily News. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  5. ^ Members of the Legislatures of Ceylon, 1931-1972. State Assembly Library. 1972. p. 134.
  6. ^ "Sri Lankan Malays Fight For Parliament Representation". Colombo Telegraph. 1 March 2019. Retrieved 29 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Family # 207 Enche Pantasih Sala-ud-din".