YBhg. Datuk Dr. Sabirin bin Ja'afar
Datuk Dr Sabirin Bin Ja’afar PhD, DMSM was born on 16 July 1963 at Paya Lebar, Kampung Ramuan China Besar, Masjid Tanah, Melaka. He started his early education at a local religious school from 1970-1975 before joining Sekolah Menengah Sains Melaka (now known as Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah or MOZAC), as the pioneer batch in the years 1976 – 1980. He furthered his Form 6 at Sekolah Dato’ Abdul Razak (SDAR), Seremban from 1981 – 1982 before joining the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) from 1983 – 1987 as one of the pioneer batch.
Prof. Dr. Sabirin Ja’afar graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons) from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1987. He joined the Malaysian Judicial and Legal Service in the same year as a Magistrate. He later served as Senior Assistant Registrar, Deputy Registrar of High Court in Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown and Head, Research Division of the Federal Court of Malaysia before appointed a Sessions Court Judge, Kuala Lumpur. He was then appointed as the Special Officer to YAA Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Haji Abdullah who was the Chief Justice of Malaysia. He also served under the Attorney General’s Chambers as Deputy Public Prosecutor for Kuala Lumpur, Senior Federal Counsel (International and Advisory Division), Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Defence and Director of Legal and Investigations of Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA). He was seconded to the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Authority (MTJA) as its Legal and Administration Manager before opting for early retirement in 2011.
During his tenure in the government services, Datuk Dr Sabirin delivered lectures as a part-time academician for Advanced Diploma students of Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) for one semester in 1994.
Datuk Dr. Sabirin was called to the Malaysian Bar as an Advocate & Solicitor, High Court of Malaya in July 1996.
In September 1996 he pursued his masters degree in maritime law in Cardiff, Wales and in 2002 he won the prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Government to pursue his Ph.D in maritime studies at Greenwich Maritime Institute, London. While in London, he was attached to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), United Nations, Embankment, London as an intern.
Upon his early retirement in 2011, he joined the academia from 2011-2014 as a Professor of Business Law and Ethics at the International Business School (IBS), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). As an academic, he taught the Master of Business Administration (MBA) students alongside several PhD students whom he supervised.
Datuk Dr. Sabirin has also throughout his stint as an academician, presented high-impact papers at numerous local and international conferences among others, at the Riphah University, Islamabad, Pakistan and Tokai University, Tokyo, Japan and also for Bar Council, Malaysia. He is also an active speaker with the Institute of Integrity, Malaysia (IIM) where he undertakes academic researches on the corruption indices in Berlin and Switzerland.
In 2014, Datuk Dr. was appointed by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong as the Judicial Commisioner at the High Court, Johor Bahru for a 2-year term, upon completion of which he joined a legal firm Messrs A Raman Saad as a partner in Johor Bahru for a year before embarking on full time business ventures and into politics till present. He was awarded with the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka (DMSM), with the title “Datuk” by the Governor of Melaka, Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob on 10 October 2015.
After leaving his judiciary services, Datuk Sabirin then led a non-governmental organisation (NGO), aptly known as Muafakat Masjid Tanah in 2018. This organisation focuses on social welfare activities across political party and race. He also actively pursues maritime and environmental rights and proffers advices to residents near the shores of Penang in issues regarding sea reclamation and the residents at Sungai Linggi-Rembau in Melaka and Negeri Sembilan on issues related to sand mining.
At the international front, Datuk Sabirin is often sought for his advice and is actively involved in activities related to the Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) Association, which is based in London. This Association contests for the rights of the seafarers and other maritime-related workers such as fishers all over the world. In October 2018, he was invited by SRI to represent Malaysia in a conference organised by SRI for the Asia and Pacific regions in Manila.
After the 14th General Election, Datuk Sabirin was appointed as the Constituency Coordinator for Masjid Tanah, Chairman of the Crime Prevention Council, Ministry of Home Affairs (POTA), Member of Board of Directors of Perbadanan Usahawan Nasional Berhad (PUNB) and Member of Board of Directors of Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Melaka (PKNM).
Datuk Sabirin is very passionate in the subjects of History, Islamic Civilization, Maritime, international politics and economy. He is a fervent writer, and translator and has since published books and articles on various issues. His research output in the studies of Al-Quran has been published in a book titled “Menyebar Kalam Tuhan: Cerita Qari, Qariah dan Al Hafiz Malaysia” (2018). ). “Dari Sudut Pandangan Islam” (terj) is a literary work that he penned with Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Ab Kadir (1991). “Barang Yang Lepas Mesti Dikenang” is a blog in which he records details of his foresights and observations of current scenarios.
Datuk Sabirin is married to Datin Rizq Fairuz Mohd Ramli who is an academician with IIUM and they are blessed with three children.