Sunday, 30 March 2008

Posthumous honour for Tunku Abdul Rahman

Malaysia’s first prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj will be posthumously honoured by The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, in conjunction with its 400th anniversary celebrations this year.

Malaysian Inner Temple Alumni Association secretary, S. Radhakrishnan, said that last November, the benchers of the Inner Temple agreed that some form of commemoration should be commissioned to honour Tunku Abdul Rahman, as one of its former students.

He said the executive committee of the Malaysian Inner Temple was considering various proposals on how best to honour the first prime minister.

“This includes having a portrait of Tunku Abdul Rahman to be placed in a prominent location in the building of the Inner Temple in London,” Radhakrishnan told Bernama here today.

The Tunku was a barrister of the Inner Temple where he was called to the English Bar in 1949. Prior to this, the Inner Temple has honoured its former student, the former English prime minister Clement Atlee, with his portrait near the fire place in the Inner Temple.

Mahatma Gandhi who was called to the English Bar at the Inner Temple in 1891, has also been honoured by the Inn.Radhakrishnan said upon his retirement, the Tunku played an important role as secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

He said Malaysians should be proud that Tunku would join the ranks of some of the well-known world leaders and statesmen who were barristers of the Inner Temple.

The society’s 400th anniversary celebrations will be held in London in June.

Malaysia will send a large delegation comprising barristers of the Inner Temple led by Court of Appeal judge Datuk James Foong Cheng Yuen, to attend the celebrations.

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple is one of four Inns of Court around the Royal Courts of Justice in London which may call members to the Bar to entitle them to practise as barristers.

The others are Middle Temple, Gray’s Inn and Lincoln’s Inn.

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