Monday, 28 March 2016

Datuk Lily Majeed (1921 -2010)



Full name: Datuk Lily bt Abdul Majeed
DOB: 14 March 1921 in Kuala Lumpur

Education:
  • 1927-1931 Sekolah Kg Bahru, KL
  • 1931-1939 She then attended Convent Bukit Nanas, KL and passed Senior Cambridge in 1939.
  • WW2 hindered her studies in Normal Class (English), but she continued her studies in the post-war.
Activities:
  • 1931-1957 She was the Captain of the Girl Guides. She contributed greatly to the Girl Guides in Malaysia and was rewarded by the World Girl Guides Association with the Highest Merit in 1948.
  • She was active in women's rights activities.
Teaching career before WW2:
  • She was a schoolteacher at Sekolah Convent Bukit Nenas (Bukit Nenas Convent School), her alma mater, in 1940-1941.
  • She served at the Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor (Selangor Education Department) till WW2 broke out.
Teaching career after WW2:
  • She worked at Maktab Perguruan Perempuan Melayu Melaka after the war, from 1949 to 1951.
  • She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Melayu, Selangor from 1949 to 1951.
Teacher training in England:
  • She trained in England to become a teacher
  • She attended the Malayan Teachers' Training College, Kirkby from 1951 to 1953 (first batch). She was together with Bapak and Coco's sister (Fatimah Abu/Busu) in the first batch of trainee teachers at Kirkby College.
  • She obtained a Diploma in Child Development in 1954, from the Institute of Education, University of London, England.
Career after Kirkby:
  • She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Inggeris Negeri Sembilan 1954-1957, after the teacher training at Kirkby.
  • She was Commissioner Malay Guides, and as Deputy Chief Commissioner Malaya 1955-1957.
Career after the Malayan independence:
  • She followed a course on nadzir2 sekolah in England 1957-1958.
  • She was Nazir Sekolah2 Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in 1958.
  • She was the prime mover for organising Muktamar Pertubuhan Perempuan2 Islam and became its secretary every time the event was held.
  • She was Timbalan Pengarah Latihan Perguruan at Kementerian Pelajaran in 1961-1972 (till she retired).
  • She was a member and representative of Kementerian Kebajikan Pelajaran under Women's Institute (Majlis Perkumpulan Perempuan) 1962-1972. 
  • She has represented Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia since 1962-1972 to New Delhi, Bangkok, Tokyo, Manila, USA, Moscow and Tehran. She had been invited to seminars in USA, England, Netherland, Iraq, Indonesia etc.
  • She joined LKPIM in 1965. She was a committee member of JK Lembaga Kebajikan Perempuan Islam (LKPIM) in 1965. She became secretary in 1968.
Retirement:
She retired in 1972, aged 51.

Honours and awards
  • She was the first woman to be appointed to the Public Services Commission
  • She was the first Malay lady to be appointed by SPB Agong to be Ahli Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia in 1972.
  • She was bestowed the Bintang Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) in 1970, Bintang Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) in 1987 and Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (called Datuk) - undated.
  • She was the first Malay lady to be appointed a member of the University Malaya Council 1972-1976.
  • She was also a member of UKM Council 1977-1979, and UKM Court in 1980.
Residence:
  • Her residence was at Seksyen 12 PJ
  • She was known as the "grand old lady" of Section 12  Petaling Jaya.
  • She was devoted to her family.
Marriage:
  • She married Tuan Haji Mohd Salleh bin Ahmad, former Timbalan Ketua Nazir Sekolah2 Malaysia. 
  • They have a son, Ahmad Nizam.
  • She has 3 grandchildren
Demise:
  • Datuk Lily died following an angioplasty procedure at UMMC
  • She died on Friday afternoon, 8 January 2010 at UMMC in PJ - aged 88.
  • She is buried at Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery
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NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Arkib Negara Malaysia
Carian Bahan Arkib
Maklumat Bahan
Lokasi: IBU PEJABAT
No.Penerimaan/No. Rujukan: 2007/ 0030235 
Sumber: LILY BT. MAJID

Pn. Lily Bt. Majid menerima cenderamata daripada Datin Seri Dr. Siti Hasmah.

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New Straits Times, 11 Jan 2010
Women's rights activist dies

Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed was a women's rights activist.

Lily was the Malaysian Muslim Women's Welfare Board (LKPIM) honorary secretary until her death on Friday afternoon due to heart failure. She was 88.

- she died on 8 January 2010 in the afternoon.
- she died at UMMC following a surgical procedure (from Dr Ridzwan Bakar, 26 Jan 2010)

She is survived by 5 siblings, including Heritage Department comminnsioner Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majid and renowned doctor Datuk Paduka Dr Ruby Abdul Majeed, as well as three grandchildren. 

She was trained in the UK to become a teacher.
She taught at her alma mater at the Bukit Nanas Convent.
She then served at the Selangor Education Department when WW2 broke out in 1941/42.
Lily was the first woman in the country to be appointed to the Public Services Commission.

Lily's mother (Sophia Abdullah) was also an active member.
Lily joined the board in 1965 as a committee member.
Lily became LKPIM's honorary secretary in 1968.

She was known as the "grand old lady" of Section 12  Petaling Jaya.
She was devoted to her family.
She is buried at the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery.

- burial was held at 11 am at Bukit Kiara.

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Arkib Negara Malaysia (24 April 2015)
Siri Pengkisahan Sejarah - Wanita Di Dalam Sejarah Malaysia. 15 March 1986. Arkib Negara Malaysia.
- has a B/W portrait of Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed

Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed was born in KL on 14 March 1921. She married Tuan Haji Mohd Salleh bin Ahmad, former Timbalan Ketua Nazir Sekolah2 Malaysia. They have a son, Ahmad Nizam.

She was educated at Sekolah Kg Bahru, KL between 1927 and 1931.
She then attended Convent Bukit Nanas, KL and passed Senior Cambridge in 1939.
WW2 hindered her studies in Normal Class (English), but she continued her studies in the post-war.
She attended the Malayan Teachers' Training College, Kirkby from 1951 to 1953 (first batch).
She obtained a Diploma in Child Development in 1954 from the Institute of Education, University of London, England.

She taught as a teacher at Sekolah Convent in 1940-1941.
When WW2 broke out, she served at the Jabatan Pelajaran Selangor.

She worked at Maktab Perguruan Perempuan Melayu Melaka from 1949 to 1951.
She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Melayu, Selangor from 1949 to 1951.
She was Penyelia Sekolah2 Inggeris Negeri Sembilan 1954-1957.
She followed a course on nadzir2 sekolah in England 1957-1958.
She was Nazir Sekolah2 Persekutuan Tanah Melayu in 1958.
She was Timbalan Pengarah Latihan Perguruan at Kementerian Pelajaran in 1961-1972 (till she retired).

She retired in 1972.

She was the first Malay lady to be appointed by SPB Agong to be Ahli Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam Malaysia in 1972.
She was the first Malay lady to be appointed a member of the University Malaya Council 1972-1976.
She was also a member of UKM Council 1977-1979, and UKM Court in 1980.

She was active in women's rights activities.
She was in the Girl Guides 1931-1957, as Captain, as Commissioner Malay Guides, and as Deputy Chief Commissioner Malaya 1955-1957.

She was a member and representative of Kementerian Kebajikan Pelajaran under Women's Institute (Majlis Perkumpulan Perempuan) 1962-1972.

She was a member of JK Lembaga Kebajikan Perempuan Islam in 1965.

She has represented Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia since 1962-1972 (retired) to New Delhi, Bangkok, Tokyo, Manila, USA, Moscow and Tehran. She had been invited to seminars in USA, England, Netherland, Iraq, Indonesia etc.

She contributed greatly to the Girl Guides in Malaysia and was rewarded by the World Girl Guides Association with the Highest Merit in 1948.

She was the prime mover for organising Muktamar Pertubuhan Perempuan2 Islam and became its secretary every time the event was held.

She was bestowed the Bintang Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) in 1970, Bintang Johan Mangku Negara (JMN) in 1987 and Darjah Panglima Setia Diraja (called Datuk) - undated.

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Update on 25 April 2015

Datuk Lily Majeed's siblings. Datuk Lily is the eldest sister.
  1. Datuk Lily Abdul Majeed (eldest)(born 14 March 1921, KL-died 8 Jan 2010, PJ), aged 88; 3 grandchildren.
  2. Datuk Paduka Dr Ruby Abdul Majeed (1924-2013), aged 89 (m. Dr Syed Mahmood) - 3 kids = 1 girl + 2 sons (1 son died, left 2 - 1 girl in Australia, 1 son in PJ). Dr Sharifah Sorayya in Australia. Dr Ruby died in Australia and is buried in Australia.
  3. Ismail
  4. Rozina Majeed
  5. Dato Hamzah bin Abdul Majeed (m. Datin Freida Mohd Pilus)
  6. Ann Majeed
  7. Prof Datuk Dr Siti Zuraina Abdul Majeed (m. Prof Vincent Lowe, 2 kids)
  8. Zain (deceased)
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Dato' Hamzah bin Abdul Majid
He is Dr Ruby's younger brother.
His wife is Datin Freida bt Mohd Pilus.
Hamzah, Freida and Ruby and Rozina had lunch at Ann's house on 9 Jan 2011.

Lily is the eldest sister.
Lily died following an angioplasty procedure at UMMC

According to Wan Munirah Dato Wan Puteh (communicated in FB; ex-TKC MCE 1975, my dormmate), Dato' Hamzah was the DG of Tourism. 
Dato' Hamzah commented once at my blog, The Early Malay Doctors, when Datuk Lily died and Dr Ruby was still alive.
Dato' Hamzah bin Abdul Majid was the Secretary General in 1987, in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (later became Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism).

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Anonymous said ... 27 April 2011 (edited for clarity)

Give My Salam for Uncle Majeed Family, aunty Ruby, Ann, Rozina and Zuraina and Uncle Hamzah for whole family. I am Rizwan Shuhaib from Maggona, Sri Lanka.

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Prof Datin Farida Jamal (012-376 8101)
She married Dr Syed Noori Jamallulail, younger brother of Dr Syed Mahmood
She was from UKM and then worked at UPM, but often returned to UKM
She provided Dato Paduka Dr Ruby's biography
She is Pakistani

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