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Wednesday February 13, 2008

Case of three Abdullahs at launching of institute


BANGI: It was a case of the “Three Abdullahs”.  

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, one of three, was at UKM yesterday to launch the Chair of the second Abdullah – his late grandfather – Syeikh Abdullah Fahim, at the newly set-up Islam Hadhari Institute. 

At the same ceremony, he also launched a biography of the third Abdullah – the late Tun Abdullah Mohd Salleh – who was a former Chief Secretary to the Government. 

The Prime Minister in his speech said the Islam Hadhari Institute was the first of its kind in the country and he hoped that it would emerge as a leader in promoting Islam in and outside the country. 

On the Chair named in honour of his grandfather's contribution and determination in fighting for the importance of the Islam development in Malaysia, the Prime Minister said he was deeply honoured. 

Abdullah Fahim known as “Pak Him” was born in Mecca in 1869. He was a fierce nationalist and a religious scholar.  

He was also Penang's first mufti after independence.  

Also present at the launch was the Higher Education Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed who presented UKM with a RM5mil cheque for the Islam Hadhari Institute.  

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