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.
YBhg Tan Sri Dato' Seri (Dr.) Halim bin Saad
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri (Dr.) Halim Saad was born on 20 October 1953 in Perlis. He received his formative education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Indera, Kangar, Perlis before joining the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). Upon completing his MCE with commendable results, Tan Sri Halim Saad was offered the Colombo Plan Scholarship to pursue his tertiary education in Commerce and Administration at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. During his studies in New Zealand (1973-1977), he was awarded the Bilateral Aid Award by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, New Zealand.
Tan Sri Halim Saad graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Administration from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has received several honorary doctorates from notable institutions of higher learning, namely the Honorary Doctorate of Science from Universiti Putra Malaysia (1997), Honorary Doctorate in Management from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (1997), and the Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Victoria University (2015). Tan Sri Halim Saad was also awarded the Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Landscape Architect Malaysia in 1997.
Tan Sri Halim has an extensive experience in the corporate sector and among his notable contribution to the nation is the establishment of the pre-eminent corporate giants, Renong and United Engineers Malaysia (UEM), of which had bolstered and contributed to the nation’s economic development. The building and operating of the monumental North-South Expressway (NSE) which was the first and largest in South East Asia, was a milestone privatisation project which took only 5 years to complete instead of the 7-year targeted project completion .
In 2001, Tan Sri Halim established the Markmore Group as the sole proprietor. Markmore Group has investments locally and abroad with portfolios which include: Oil & Gas - Onshore Exploration and Production, Mining concession, Renewable Energy, Construction and Property Development, Shopping Mall REIT, Telecommunication Infrastructure, Education, Property Services, and Asset Management Services.
Tan Sri Halim maintains a favourable relation with the government of New Zealand and assisted in initiating a new programme that allows Malaysian accounting students to complete their degrees at Victoria, Auckland and Canterbury universities. Additionally, Tan Sri Halim co-founded the Chair of Malay Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. He was accorded the Distinguished Service Award from Victoria in 1999 and conferred the Friend of New Zealand Award at the Kea World Class New Zealanders Awards in 2015.
Tan Sri Halim was acknowledged as the Insightful Renowned Figure in 1994 by TIME Magazine and also received the Brilliant Service Medal from the Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs (MAYC) in 1995.
Tan Sri Halim has always been passionate about education. In memory of his late father, he established Kolej Yayasan Saad (Saad Foundation College) in 1995, followed by Kolej Matrikulasi Yayasan Saad (Now known as Kolej Yayasan UEM) in 1998. Kolej Yayasan Saad is the first full-boarding private college in Malaysia and is renowned for producing the best results in the PMR and SPM results in Malaysia. In 2013, another brainchild of Tan Sri Halim, the KYS Business School (KYSB) which specialises in professional accountancy qualifications, was incepted. KYSB actively collaborates with the consortium of New Zealand universities in the accounting, commerce, and science courses.
Tan Sri Halim Saad is appointed as the Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) with effect from 15 January 2021 until 14 January 2024.