Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Dr Syed Mohamed bin Alwi al-Hady

Full name: Dr Syed Mohamed bin Alwi al-Hady (1921-2005)
Degree: MBBS 1950 UM in Singapore

Date of birth: 7 July 1921
Place of birth: 431 Jelutong Road, Penang (parent's house)
Place where he was raised: 410 Jelutong Road, Penang (by his grandfather, Syed Shaykh Alhady)
Date of death: 2005
Place of death: PJ (?)

Grandfather: Syed Shaikh Alhady
Grandmother: Sharifah Zainah al-Mashhur

Father: Syed Alwi Alhady
Mother: Sharifah Azizah al-Mashhur

Wife: Ruby bt Abdullah  (according to Coco & Dr SMA al-Hady's write-up)
Residence: Moved from Penang to Petaling Jaya

Children: 3 - one daughter and 2 sons but one son died of cancer:
  1. Prof. Sharifah Fareeda al-Hady (eldest) - formerly Assoc Prof of Pathology and Dy Dean Faculty of Medicine, UM
  2. Syed Farid al-Hady - died of cancer of lymph nodes at age 16 in 1973
  3. Syed Faisal al-Hady - mechanical engineer; formerly engineer with Esso; quit Esso; ran own petroleum-servicing company
My notes:

He lived in a double-storey brick house at Lengkok Pemancar near the Esso petrol station in Jalan Gelugor (Gelugor Rd; now Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah), Penang in the early 1960s.

His house viewed from the main road
Entrance to his former house
Lengkok Pemancar adjoins Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah

My research:

The family then moved to Petaling Jaya in a house they bought, close to Tan Sri Ahmad Din's. According to Tan Sri Dr Din's sons, Dr Syed Mohamed Alwi al-Hady, wife Ruby and son Syed Farid al-Hady have passed away. A researcher Sellene mentioned Dr SM Alwi al-Hady had passed away in 2005. Tan Sri Abdul Majid (Coco) mentioned al-Hady's daughter Prof Sharifah Fareeda al-Hady was at UM (but she had already left UM in 2007).

An Internet search gave details of his daughter. His daughter Dr Farida Alhady had served at the UM Medical Faculty. She then left UM and worked at the Ministry of Health (MoH) as Director of MQA (Malaysian Qualifications Agency) but she resigned and is lost to follow-up.

13 May 2012: Prof Datin Dr Farida Jamal (@ Fatimah Jamal) informed she knows Prof Sharifah Fareeda Alhady and will inform her. Prof Datin Dr Farida Jamal said Dr SMA al-Hady's photo should be with the Royal Society.

14 May 2012: Datuk Dr Zulkifli bin C.D. Ismail informed he recently met al-Hady's son. He will inform him to contact me.


1. The Real Cry of Syed Shaykh al-Hady (MSRI, 1999)

26 April 2013: Syed Alwi Aidid (Singapore) updated and informed to find more information in a published book: The Real Cry of Syed Shaykh al-Hady.

I Googled the book title and got this info:

The book sells for RM600 on the Internet but I saw it on sale for RM300 by Penerbit USM at a seminar on Kesultanan Melayu Melaka held at USM, Penang. It sells for Sing$88 on Select Books.

The real cry of Syed Shaykh al-Hady : with selections of his writings by his son Syed Alwi Al-Hady

Author: Alijah Gordon; Alwi bin Alhady
Publisher: Malaysian Sociological Research Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1999.
Edition/Format: Book : Biography : English View all editions and formats

21 May 2013: I borrowed the book from Perpustakaan Hamzah Sendut (PHS) in USM, Penang via Interlibrary Loan.

Dr Syed Mohamed Alwi al-Hady wrote about his life with his grandfather on pages 83-108. There are many family photos in the book.

2. Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore (Xlibris, 2012).

10 September 2014: Dr Syed Mohamed bin Alwi Alhady's biography is in my book, Biography of the Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957 Malaya and Singapore on pages 817-836.

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