Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Tan Sri Habib Mohammed Shah (HM Shah)

Full name: Tan Sri Habib Mohammed Shah bin Ali Shah Khan
Contracted name: Tan Sri H. M. Shah
Call name: Tan Sri HM Shah

Born: 1921 (he was 10 years Bapak's senior)
Deceased: 26 May 2014 in Guangzhao, China
Interred at Tanah Perkuburan, Ampang in KL

  1. His big bungalow by the sea in Tanjung Keling, Malacca had a library.
  2. No 2, Jalan Kelab Golf 13/5, Seksyen 13, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor (No. 1 is Rumah Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam)
Occupation: Entrepreneur

Tan Sri HM Shah was a successful entrepreneur in Singapore and Malaysia. He owned several businesses in Melaka, Kuala Lumpur, and Petaling Jaya.

The prominent entrepreneur was always associated with the development of Petaling Jaya in the early 1970s.

From Bapak (2007): HM Shah family has a business in Singapore. They are rich and own "Shah Village", an inn in Kuala Lumpur. HM Shah has a factory in Kuala Lumpur.

He was in the film and media industry before joining Utusan Melayu. His film production company was Merdeka Studio, which produced many of the early Malay films of Malaya and Singapore, including those in which P. Ramlee starred. HM Shah paid for P. Ramlee's funeral.

He was the first CEO/Managing Director of Utusan Melayu in 1948, after WW2. Lee Kuan Yew was the legal advisor for Utusan, and later became the Prime Minister of Singapore.
Encik Mohamed Said bin Zahari was in charge of Utusan Melayu in Singapore in 1963, before he was jailed for 17 years without trial by the Lee Kuan Yew administration. He was released when Tun Dr Mahathir intervened. 
HM Shah left Utusan to start his own business.

From Internet Yellow Pages and Google search:
  1. Merdeka Studio in Ulu Klang, Selangor in 1961-1966. His first film was Tun Tijah (Tun Teja). The company was taken over by Shaw Organisation in 1966, and was later bought by FINAS. It now houses FINAS.
  2. H.M. Shah Enterprise Sdn Bhd, Shahs Village Motel, Lrg Sultan, Seksyen 52, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Tel: 03-7955 5522. Email: village@shahsresorts.com
  3. YBhg Dato’ H.M. Shah - H.M. Shah Enterprise Sdn Bhd, No 3 & 5, Lorong Sultan 46200 Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7956 9322 Fax: 03-7955 7712. Retrieved 8 Nov 2011, from: Kuala Lumpur Malay Chamber of Commerce
  4. Shah's Motel opened in Petaling Jaya in 1967. It later became the Shah's Village Hotel (SVH).
  5. Shah's Village Hotel (SVH) in Petaling Jaya (PJ). This big, grand and elegant hotel had purple lights at night. I remember Bapak pointed out this hotel to us kids from a distance when we were in Petaling Jaya. Bapak stayed at the hotel when it first opened as H. M. Shah had invited Bapak.
  6. Shah's Village and Resort in Tanjung Keling, Melaka, opened in 1971.
  7. H.M. Shah Enterprises Limited, 150 Aldersgate Street, London. EC1A AB, UK in  1974.
  8. Shah Tower (Menara HM Shah) in Petaling Jaya
  9. Shah was also in the midst of setting up the HM Shah Foundation for Education

Incorporated on Wednesday, 19 June 1974
Share capital: £1,000

Company: H.M. Shah Enterprises Limited
Registered Office:
Initial address: Russell Square House, 10/12 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5LF
Change of address: 150 Aldersgate Street, London, United Kingdom, EC1A 4AB (7 Sept 2015)

H.M. Shah Enterprises started in year 1974 as Private Limited Company with registration number 01174503. The H.M. Shah Enterprises company has been functioning successfully for fourty one years now and its status is active. The firm's office is based in London at 150 Aldersgate Street. Postal code: EC1A 4AB.

The firm currently employs 4 directors, namely Soraya Binti Habib Shah, Omar Din Bin Habib Shah and Shahrum Ali Bin H M Shah and others. The youngest director - Shahrum Ali Bin H M Shah was born on June 1962, the oldest - Dr Kamal Ariffin Bin Habib on July 1947. Of them, Shahrum Ali Bin H M Shah , Dr Kamal Ariffin Bin Habib have been with the company the longest, being appointed on 31 December 1992 and Soraya Binti Habib Shah and Omar Din Bin Habib Shah have been employed the shortest - from 18 January 2013. As of 27 December 2015, there were 3 ex directors - Habib Mohd Shah, Viera Sarina Shah and Khairudin Shah. There were no ex secretaries.
  1. Viera Sarina Shah, Director, Board Member, appointed 31 Dec 1992, resigned 19 Jan 2013.
  2. Habib Mohd Shah, Director, Board Member, appointed 31 Dec 1992, resigned 18 Jan  2013. Deceased 26 May 2014.
  3. Khairudin Shah - resigned 18 Jan 2013; appointment terminated on 05/02/2013, residence: Malaysia
  4. Dr Kamal Ariffin bin Habib (oldest, born July 1947), appointed on 31 Dec 1992, residence: Malaysia
  5. Shahrum Ali bin H M Shah/Shahrum Ali Shah (youngest, born June 1962), Director, Board Member, appointed 31 Dec 1992, residence: Malaysia
  6. Soraya bt Habib Shah, Director, appointed 18 Jan 2013, residence: Malaysia
  7. Omar Din bin Habib Shah, Director, appointed 18 Jan 2013, residence: Switzerland
  8. Hanief Shah, Director, Board Member, H.M.S. London Limited, 25 Manchester Square, London, W1U 3PY; and Director, Board Member, Sqft Inc. Limited, 130 Cromwell Road, London, SW7 4ET
According to his daughter, Dr Farida Shah, and sons Shariff Shah and Khairudin, their father was a man with many firsts, among them:
  1. the first Malay to be involved in film-making (in Singapore); he knew P. Ramlee,
  2. the first to build a petrol station in Petaling Jaya, 
  3. the first venue for traditional Malay dances,
  4. the first bowling alley in Petaling Jaya,
  5. the first to start a drive-in cinema in the country (where?) and 
  6. the first motel in Petaling Jaya (Shah's Village Motel opened in 1967); PJ was still a jungle.
  7. the first to bring in the Russian circus in the 1960s.
Recreation: Golf was his favourite sport.

Health: Tan Sri H. M. Shah suffered from cancer for a few months before he passed away. He went to Guangzhao, China for follow-up cancer treatment. His wife and child were at his side when he passed away. His remains were brought back on Friday, to Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, and later interred at Tanah Perkuburan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.


Date of demise: 2 p.m., Monday, 26 May 2014 in Guangzhao, China. He was 93
(he died 5 years after Bapak died)

Burial note: Residents of Kg Baru are interred at Tanah Perkuburan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Friends and relatives can pay their last respects tonight from 8pm at No 2, Jalan 13/5, Kelab Golf Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah, Shah Alam.
The burial rites will be held at Tanah Perkuburan, Ampang tomorrow at 10am.

Unknown #

A younger brother named Mohamad Kasim bin Abdul (69; born 1945) is 14 years younger than Bapak.

Unions: 3 wives = 2 Malay-Pakistani wives who were sisters and a European wife
  1. First wife was a Malay-Pakistani lady (unnamed). She was the elder sister. 
  2. Second wife was the younger sister of the first wife who had passed away (salin tikar).
  3. European lady: Puan Sri Viera Sarina Shah (DOB April 1948) ... born after WW2. Occupation: Hotelier.
Bapak said HM Shah married a Malay girl.
But people who know HM Shah told me that HM Shah married a European/Eurasian.
His relative mentioned he had 2 Malay-Pakistani wives who were sisters.

Viera Sarina Shah's appointments:
  1. She was a hotelier and first held the company post as director in 1992, when she was 44. Her appointment was to H.M. SHAH ENTERPRISES LIMITED on 31 December 1992, from which she resigned (retired) on 18 January 2013 (20 years 18 days). Her work address was: A8-1 MENARA INDAH TAMAN TUN ABDUL RAZAK, AMPANG, SELANGOR 68000, MALAYSIA. She was 68 when her husband passed away in 2014.
  2. H.M. SHAH ENTERPRISES LIMITED (active). Viera Sarina Shah was employed as Director (HOTELIER) at H.M. SHAH ENTERPRISES LIMITED from 31 December 1992 to 18 January 2013. Resigned. Company address: H.M. SHAH ENTERPRISES LIMITED, 150 ALDERSGATE STREET, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, EC1A 4AB.
  3. Penasihat, Persatuan Chopin Malaysia, 2011
  4. President, Persatuan Chopin Malaysia 2014-2016
Children: 10

First Malay-Pakistani wife had 5 children:
  1. Baharuddin (deceased)
  2. Zaitun (deceased)
  3. Dr Kamal Ariffin bin Habib (born 22 July 1947, eldest) - medical practitioner, KL, Malaysia
  4. Prof Farida Shah/Prof Farida Habib Shah (29 June 1948-1 Nov 2014) - molecular biologist and professor at UKM and UMT, biotechpreneur. Died aged 66.
  5. Jamilah Habib Shah
Second Malay-Pakistani wife had 4 children: 
  1. Soraya bt Habib Shah (born 17 Feb 1954) - entrepreneur, London, UK
  2. Khairudin Shah (born 1956) - manager, Malaysia
  3. Omar Din bin Habib Shah  (born 15 June 1959) - trader, London, UK
  4. Shahrum Ali bin H M Shah (born 11 June 1962)  - lawyer, Bangsar, Malaysia
His European wife had a son (Viera's son):
  1. Shariff Shah (born 1975) - Hotelier. Shariff studied Hotel Management in Switzerland. Shariff is the owner of a three-storey boutique hotel in PJ, the PJ-Luxe Boutique hotel, off Jalan Sultan, which is within a stone’s throw away from SVH. The hotel has 27 rooms and opened on 5 May 2015. Shariff Shah married Su Shah. 

Some friends have met his sons.

Grandchildren: 17

Great-grandchildren: 6

From Bapak, 2007:

HM Shah was Bapak's relative.

Bapak was a penjual kuih by the seaside. Bapak met "nenek"(which nenek?) when Bapak sold putu piring by the beach in Malacca and when Bapak worked in the Parliament.

HM Shah's aunts wore gold ornaments (makcik-makcik pakai emas).

HM Shah drove a Buick.

HM Shah would stopover in Malacca when en route to Penang. He would pick up Bapak as his guide and driver. While driving, they went past a short signboard (to Ipoh) that was partially hidden, and they got lost. They entered a quiet tiny road, a communist road! However, they went through the communist road and reached Penang safely.

From Mak, 1972-1973:

Mak said HM Shah came to see her to ask about how and where about to build a seaside inn. He asked Mak for ideas. Mak gave him her ideas. Mak said he came to see her a few times.

HM Shah then opened an inn called Shah's Village and Resort, at Tanjung Keling, Melaka.

From me:

At the time when HM Shah came to see Mak for ideas for his seaside inn, I was in Form 2-3 (1972-3) at the Malacca Girls' High School (MGHS) in Durian Daun.

Then I went away to TKC, Seremban for Form 4, 5 and 6.

I have never met H. M. Shah, but I have heard about him, first from Mak, and later from Bapak. Mak described him to me in the early 1970s. Bapak related about him in 2007, 2 years before Bapak passed away.

Klebang is after Limbongan, where Mak Sekmah and Pak Cik Mohamad and family had lived adjacent to Masjid Limbongan.

Limbongan was an ancient seaport, and where the Indians were brought into early Malacca by the British colonial masters.

Under Dutch rule, and later, the British rule, the people of Malacca were seggregated according to races and religions, and lived in different parts of Malacca. The non Muslim Chinese lived at Bukit China, near Durian Daun. The Chinese Muslims lived at Tengkera - they were rich imams. The Indian Muslims lived at Kg Pali, which is near Masjid Kg Keling at Jonker Street- they were educated Indians, including Munsi Abdullah bin Abdul Kadir, who worked for Stamford Raffles in early Singapore. The Arab, Javanese, and Sumatran Muslims lived at Banda Hilir, Umbai and Ujong Pasir and Pengkalan Rama - they spread Islam to Malacca. The Babas and Nyonyas occupied the brick terraced shophouses in Banda Hilir - they were rich business people. The descendants of the Portuguese lived in tiny houses at the Portuguese Settlement by the sea - they were fishermen. The white Christians lived in bungalows in Banda Hilir and Durian Daun, Malacca.

Dr Carleel Merican and second wife Sarah (a Nyonya) and family also lived in Klebang. They lived behind Kamariah Md Nor's house. Kamariah Md Nor's father was a famous early Malay doctor - Dr Md Nor. Both her parents were from Singapore and settled in Klebang. Kamariah's daughter is married to a descendant of HM Shah.

From Zakry Fitri bin Abdul Aziz (13 January 2016):

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Zakry Fitri bin Abdul Aziz

Antara anak Tan Sri HM Shah adalah Allahyarhamah Prof Farida Habib Shah (1948-2011), betul ke?. H bukan Haji, tapi Habib Mohd Shah, ada Menara HM Shah di PJ.

Keturunan sebelah Allahyarhamah nenek saya mungkin ada kaitan dengan beliau, hingga sampai ke moyang Ali Shah Khan (Asal India)

:: Zakry's grandmother was probably related to Tan Sri H. M. Shah. Their great-grandfather is Ali Shah Khan.::

From PearyKhan Heir (23 October 2016 at 21:55):

Allahyarham ada 2 isteri melayu+pakistan. Isteri pertama, 5 anak, selepas isteri pertama meninggal, beliau berkahwin dengan adik kepada arwah, 4 anak. Nyarus dan Hanief bukan anak beliau. Anak pertama Baharuddin (meninggal), anak kedua Zaitun (arwah), baru disusuli dengan
Dr Kamal, arwah Prof Farida dan seterusnya.

From Azharuddin Kassim (my junior at CSUC):

  1. HM Shah's father was Ali Shah Khan. He came from Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh in India. He was a land surveyor and came to Penang with the British in the late 1800s.
  2. HM Shah's father married 4 wives - 2 were from India and 2 were from Malaya
  3. First wife: A lady from India was the first wife. She lived in Penang. HM Shah was from this first wife. His mother was Hjh Long bt Perry Khan. She was from India. She remarried to Abdul after Ali Shah died, with whom she had a daughter Maimon bt Abdul, and a son Mohamad Kasim bin Abdul.
  4. Second wife: Azharuddin's great-grandmother (nenek moyang) from Kesang was the second wife. His grandfather is Ahmad Khan. His father is Kassim.
  5. Third wife: A lady from India was the third wife. She lived in Serkam.
  6. Fourth wife: A lady from Banda Kaba was the fourth wife. She re-located to Tengkera.
  7. Rahmat Shah bin Ali Shah Khan was Penghulu .
  8. Azharuddin's granduncle Wanchik married Hamidah bt Hj Abdul Lathif, daughter of Ulamak Nusantara, Hj Abdul Lathif bin Hj Nuruddin @ Hj Tambi.

External links


Utusan Malaysia, Monday, 26 Mei 2014, Arkib 27/5/2014:
Bekas Pengarah Urusan Utusan Melayu meninggal dunia.

Utusan/UUM Repository, 29 May 2014
H.M Shah banyak berjasa kepada Utusan - UUM Repository

The Star Online - Community, Friday, 30 May 2014
Owner of iconic Shah's Motel passes away

The Malay Mail Online, 1 June 2014
HM Shah - a man of many firsts

The Malaysian Reserve, Thursday, 8 October 2015
Following His Father's Footsteps As A Hotelier

Company Check
Viera Sarina Shah - Malaysia - Hotelier

H. M. Shah Enterprises Limited

Company Director Check
Viera Sarina Shah

Viera Sarina Shah

Company Data Rex (CDRex)
Viera Sarina Shah

H.M. Shah Enterprises Limited, London

Dellam Corporate Information Limited, England
H.M. Shah Enterprises Limited

H.M. Shah Enterprises Limited

Russian Centre of Science and Culture
http://mys.rs.gov.ru/ (Russia)
http://www.russia.org.my/en/articles-en/20120325_Chopin.php (Kuala Lumpur)

Utusan Online, ARKIB : 16/11/2011
Festival Muzik Klasik Antarabangsa 18-25 November 2011

Tuesday, 26 August 2014, by CHOPIN SOCIETY MALAYSIA
Puan Sri Viera Sarina Shah President, Persatuan Chopin Malaysia 2014-2016


Viera Shah

Kosmo! Online
Legasi Shahs Village Hotel

New Straits Times 31 August 2002
Wedding joy for two couples

The Malaysia Book of Records
Oldest to score hole-in-1
HM Shah (81) on 8 May 2002


  1. Salam..i think you are referring to Tan Sri Habib Mohammed Shah. Here's some info on him, FYI. His wife Viera (Sarina) is European, by the way:).


    p/s I'm very impressed with your research in your family genealogy, Prof Faridah. I'm from Malacca myself - used to pass in front of Masjid Bdr Hilir every day from M'cca High School to my house in Bkt Serindit back in the 80s!

    Keep up the good work:)!


  2. Antara anak Tan Sri HM Shah adalah Allahyarhamah Prof Farida Habib Shah (1948-2011), betul ke?. H bukan Haji, tapi Habib Mohd Shah, ada Menara HM Shah di PJ.

    Keturunan sebelah Allahyarhamah nenek saya mungkin ada kaitan dengan beliau, hingga sampai ke moyang Ali Shah Khan (Asal India)

  3. Assalamualaikum,

    Allahyarham ada 2 isteri melayu+pakistan.
    Isteri pertama, 5 anak, selepas isteri pertama meninggal, beliau berkahwin dengan adik kepada arwah, 4 anak. Nyarus dan Hanief bukan anak beliau. Anak pertama Baharuddin (meninggal), anak kedua Zaitun (arwah), baru disusuli dengan Dr Kamal, arwah Prof Faridah dan seterusnya.


    1. Wa'alaikumussalam, TQ untuk maklumat anda.