TUN AHMAD SARJI ABDUL HAMID
Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid was appointed as the Chancellor of Universiti Tun Abdul Razak at the university’s 12th Convocation Ceremony, 3 November 2012.
Born in Tapah, Perak, Tun Ahmad Sarji graduated with a B.A (Hons.) degree from the University of Malaya (1960); he received his Diploma in Public Administration from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague (1967) and his Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, United States of America (1971).
At the state level, he has held the post of District Officer (DO). At the Federal level, he has held several important positions as Assistant Secretary, Federal Establishment Office; Assistant Director (Services), Public Service Department and as Secretary to the Cabinet and Constitution Division when Tun Abdul Razak was Prime Minister. In 1973, he was appointed by the Prime Minister (Tun Abdul Razak bin Hussein) as the Founding Director-General of the Farmers’ Organisation Authority. He held the post until 1979.
In 1979, he was transferred to the Prime Minister’s Department again to hold the position of Deputy Director-General (Sectoral), Economic Planning Unit; this time for two years. In 1981, he was appointed to the post of Deputy Chairman and the Director-General of Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA). In the same year, he was transferred to hold the position of Deputy Director General (I) Public Service Department, Malaysia.
He later took up the post of Secretary-General, Ministry of Trade and Industry in 1985 and as Chairman of the Malaysian Industrial Development Authority (MIDA). In 1990, Tun Dr. Ahmad Sarji was appointed to the highest position in the government service as Chief Secretary to the Government and at the same time, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service. A prolific writer, Tun Ahmad Sarji has written several books on public service, management, the farmers’ organisation, national development and national heritage.
He is presently the joint-chairman of the Malaysian Centre for Commonwealth Studies, Cambridge University and member of the Board of Trustees, Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies and a member of the Board of Governors of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Manila. He is also the Chairman of several organisations including Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), the Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM) and Northport Corporation Berhad; and the President of Badan Warisan Malaysia (Heritage of Malaysia Trust). He was also Chairman of the Kongres Ekonomi Bumiputera Ke-3 (1992), and Chairman of the National Economic Consultative Council II (Ogos 1999 – November 2000).
Tun Ahmad Sarji’s significant contributions in the field of public service in Malaysia have earned him many recognitions and awards, which include the Director of the Year 1999 award from the Malaysian Institute of Directors and the Tokoh Maal Hijrah Award 1420/1999 from the Federal Government.
In recognition of his many contributions in the public and corporate sectors, Tun Ahmad Sarji has been conferred honorary degrees by several foreign and local universities, including the Doctor of Science (Management) honorary degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia; Doctor of Business Administration from the Nottingham-Trent University; Doctor of Letters from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak; and Doctor in Management from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation awarded him “TheBrandLaureate Brand Personality Award 2008” for his leadership in the fields of corporate and civil service.
To recognise his national service for more than 48 years, Tun Ahmad Sarji was conferred the Outstanding Malay Award during the 62nd-anniversary celebration of UMNO, which was given by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. For his contribution to the development of sports particularly the sport of bowls (lawn bowling), Tun Dr. Ahmad Sarji was awarded the “Sports Leadership Award 2006” by the National Sports Council of Malaysia.
Tun Ahmad Sarji, was bestowed the “Seri Setia Mahkota Malaysia ” (SSM), by Seri Paduka Baginda Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, on 7th June 2008, which carries the title “Tun”.