Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Past sin has to be pay today.
Tan Sri Haji Mohammad Noah bin Omar (1898–1991) was a Malaysian politician. He was one of the leading figures during the founding of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and became the first Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat.
Noah was very active in the Malayan nationalist movement along with his contemporaries, Onn Jaafar, Haji Anwar bin Abdul Malik and Haji Syed Alwi bin Syed Sheikh al-Hadi. Together they founded UMNO on 1 May 1946 as a means to rally the Malays against the Malayan Union, which was perceived as threatening Malay privileges and the position of the Malay rulers.
After independence, he became the first Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of Parliament between 1959 and 1964. Subsequently, he was President of the Dewan Negara, the upper house, from 1968 to 1970.
Noah together with Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong formed a private company called Genting Highlands Berhad, which was set up on 27 April 1965. Tan Sri Lim successfully obtained approval for the alienation of 12,000 acres (49 km2) and 2,800 acres (11 km2) of land from the Pahang and Selangor state governments respectively between the years 1965 and 1970. Genting Highlands is currently Malaysia's only casino and highland resort.
In 1970, Noah was appointed a director of MUI Group. He was appointed Chairman of the Group in 1980.
Noah married twice, firstly to Siti Aminah Kusuma and then to Maimun Abdul Manaf. His children from his first marriage are Rahah, the widow of Tun Abdul Razak, who was Prime Minister from 1970 to 1976, Suhaila, the widow of Tun Hussein Onn, who was Prime Minister from 1976 to 1981, and Fakhriah, who married Abdullah Ahmad, a member of the Johor royal court. Noah and Siti Aminah had an elder child, Nabiha, who died at a young age. His grandsons Najib Abdul Razak is now the Prime Minister, while Hishamuddin Hussein is the current Minister of Home Affairs.
His second wife Maimun bore him his only son, Abu Rais.
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