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Published: Tuesday September 1, 2009 MYT 11:39:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday September 1, 2009 MYT 3:19:10 PM

Former Lord President Tun Hamid Omar dies (Update 1)

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Lord President Tun Abdul Hamid Omar died of renal failure at the Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Ampang at about 10am Tuesday.

He was 80.

His son, Azizuddin, 51, told Bernama that he was admitted to the hospital at 8am on Monday after having a fever and chronic influenza.

He said the doctor confirmed that there was infection of the kidney which led to renal failure.

His body had been taken back to his residence in Bukit Tunku here.

It will later be taken to the Damansara mosque for prayers after Asar and buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery.

Tun Abdul Hamid leaves a widow, Toh Puan Azian Aiyub Ghazali, and four children Azizuddin, Ainuddin, Hanizah dan Hanizan.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak conveyed the Government's condolences to Abdul Hamid's family when he visited their home.

Najib said that Abdul Hamid had contributed a great deal to the country's judicial system and his contribution would be recorded in the history of the development of that system.

Abdul Hamid, who obtained his BarristeratLaw from Lincoln's Inn, London, and a Doctorate in Law from Oklahoma City University, United States, began his career in 1956 as a magistrate and later as a Sessions Court judge, in Kuala Lumpur, Raub, Taiping and Seremban.

He once served as a legal advisor in Terengganu, Penang and Perak; as a Federal Court's Registrar, and legal draftsman at the Attorney-General's Chambers.

He was appointed a Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge in 1968, and in 1980, was made a Federal Court Judge.

Four years later he was appointed as the Chief Justice of Malaya and in 1985, as a Supreme Court Judge prior to his appointment as the Lord President, in 1988.

Upon his retirement, Abdul Hamid joined the private sector and was appointed chairman of several companies including First Allied Corporation Bhd, Olympia Industries Bhd and Bukit Unggul Country Club Bhd and executive chairman of Macro System Consultancy Sdn Bhd.

Abdul Hamid was also the Malaysian National News Agency's (Bernama) Supervisory Council president for three years from June 1976. - Bernama