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Mohamed Zahir Ismail

Tun Mohamed Zahir bin Ismail (19 March 1924 – 14 October 2004) was a Malaysian lawyer and politician. He was the longest-serving Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Malaysian Parliament. He was also the first Chancellor of the International Medical University from 1999 to 2004.

Mohamed Zahir Ismail

Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat
In office
14 June 1982 – 14 October 2004
Preceded bySyed Nasir Ismail
Succeeded byRamli Ngah Talib
Personal details
Born(1924-03-19)19 March 1924
Alor Setar, Kedah
Died14 October 2004(2004-10-14) (aged 80)
Kuala Lumpur
Political partyUMNOBN
Spouse(s)Halimatun Sa'adiah Chik
ProfessionAdvocate, solicitor

Early life and educationEdit

Mohamed Zahir was born in Alor Setar, Kedah. He attended Sekolah Kebangsaan Hosba in Jitra and later Kolej Sultan Abdul Hamid, Alor Setar. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws from Lincoln's Inn in 1955.


Mohamed Zahir began practising as a lawyer from 1956. After the independence of Malaya, he served on the Kedah State EXCO from 1959 to 1963, and briefly as Menteri Besar in 1963. He was appointed to the Dewan Negara (the upper house) in August 1963, and completed two terms (of three years each) as a Senator.

He was actively involved in the formation of the Malaysia, serving as a diplomat to the United Nations and as the Malayan representative to the Cobbold Commission. In 1975, he was appointed to the Kota Bharu High Court as a judge.

Now a respected figure in Malaysian politics, he was elected Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat following the 1982 general elections, a post he held for 24 years. During his tenure, he also became President of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum and the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly.


In October 2004, Mohamed Zahir died in office due to acute renal failure in Kuala Lumpur Hospital.[1]


Honours of MalaysiaEdit


  1. ^ Speakar Dewan Rakyat Tun Zahir meninggal dunia (in Malay) AgendaDaily. 15 October 2004
  2. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  3. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  4. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  5. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 1998" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Tun Mohamad Zahir Ismail".
  7. ^ "DR-05112003" (PDF).
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".


Political offices
Preceded by
Syed Nasir Ismail
Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat
Succeeded by
Ramli Ngah Talib