An opportunist lawyer turned billionaire, building his personnel wealth thru his famous UMNO & USNO’s ‘contacts’, also was a ‘semenanjung’ Sabah Chief Minister’s special advisor . His contribution include masterminding the banishment of ‘Catholic priest & nuns’ out of Sabah during USNO (pol pot) regim early 1970’s.
Dato’ Syed Kechik has finally meet his maker. Other prominent contribution include ammendment of Sabah 20 points and constitution to make Sabah officially an Islamic State and abolishment of English as Sabah national language.
During his ‘reign’ in Sabah, Sabahans was only with handful of graduates , less than 10 person to be excect. Sabah Chief Minister at that time is only a primary 3 schollar.Strange but true.
Muhyiddin Visits Tan Sri Syed Kechik’s Grave
ALOR SETAR, April 11 (Bernama) — Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyidin Yassin on Saturday visited the grave of Syed Kechik Foundation chairman, Tan Sri Syed Kechik Syed Mohamed, who died of old age and was buried at the Al-Bukhary Mosque graveyard yesterday.
Muhyiddin was accompanied by wife, Puan Sri Norainee Abdul Rahman Seri, and Al-Bukhary Foundation executive chairman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and his wife, Puan Sri Sharifah Zarah Al-Bukhary.
Syed Mokhtar, who is the late Syed Kechik’s son-in-law, said his father-in-law, who was also his uncle, died at the age of 81 at 3.41pm in his house at Jalan Sultanah here yesterday.
He said Syed Kechik served as legal adviser to then Sabah Chief Minister from 1968 until 1975 and was political secretary to then Information and Broadcasting Minister Datuk Senu Abdul Rahman from 1964 to 1965.
Syed Kechik left behind a wife, Puan Sri Sofiah Abdullah, three children and 12 grand-children.
Syed Kechik among those who exploited Native Cert loophole
Kota Kinabalu: Loopholes in the law are among reasons why the Sijil Anak Negeri or Native Certificate (SAN) in the past was abused.
Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum said the law states that if foreigners such as from the Philippines or Brunei have been residing in the State for five years, they could apply for the certificate to state they are natives of this State.
Which explains why former Yayasan Sabah Director Tan Sri Syed Kechik, who is from Peninsular Malaysia, also has a native certificate. Fortunately, this loophole was plugged after the Government stopped the issuance of the SAN in 1982.
The Sijil Anak Negeri certificates previously were issued to genuine bumiputeras to protect their rights such as in land matters.
“There is also provision in the law, the term bumiputera or native in Sabah is defined in at least three statutes,” said Malanjum at the District Chiefs and Native Chiefs Conference at Wisma Muis, Thursday.
But unlike the State’s counterpart Sarawak, he said the natives there were defined as those who only originated from the State such as the Iban, Bidayuh and Melanau, among others.
He said Sarawak is strict and does not consider Filipinos or Indonesians as natives of Sarawak.
May your body root in peace