Puan Halimah Mohd. Taib was born on 24 June 1936 in Selangor. She received her early education at the Malay Girls College, Kuala Lumpur from 1947-1952 and then pursued her studies at the Government English School in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan from 1953 to 1955 until she passed with the School Certificate.
Upon finishing school Puan Halimah began working at the Negeri Sembilan Information Department and later transferred to Kuala Lumpur as the External Information Officer from 1956-1960. This task exposed her to the deprived conditions of the village community living especially in the early 1950s. Her experience from this duty piqued her interest for charitable works. In 1965, she served as the Assistant Television Script Writer, but had to quit a year later to follow her husband who was posted overseas.
Puan Halimah was involved in the Girl Guides activities since her schooling days (1948), which membership continues until today. When she moved to Kuala Lumpur, she was appointed as the Senior Divisional Headquarters Assistant Commissioner. While being overseas for 14 years, Puan Halimah never stopped working on her passion. She also participated in the Girl Guides movements in countries where her husband served; Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, United States of America and Germany. The experiences gained were highly beneficial to be adapted to the Girl Guides movement in our country. She returned home in 1979 and became active in the Malaysian Girl Guides again.
Puan Halimah held several positions in the Girl Guides until she was appointed as the Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Girl Guides in 1993. She was also the representative of the International Headquarters Commissioner from 1984 until today.
In addition, she is also active in a number of other associations such as being a member of Women's Institute from 1950 to 1960, represented the association to the Malaysian National Council of Women's Organisation (NCWO), Malaysian Youth Council, Negeri Sembilan Malay Children Welfare Association, Information Department Former Members Committee and actively involved in the Badminton Association.
Throughout her involvement with the Girl Guides, Puan Halimah has represented the country in conferences, seminars, meetings and conducted Girl Guides trainings for countries in need, such as Canada, Mexico, Brunei, New York, Bangkok and a few others. Puan Halimah is a qualified Girl Guides trainer, and was appointed as a trainer for the Asia-Pacific Training Pool in 1990. In addition, in 1991 she was appointed as a representative for WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) to assess the Girl Guides Association in Brunei Darussalam for the Associate Members.
All the efforts and time contributed by Puan Halimah has never been forgotten. She was conferred the A.M.N honorary award (1993) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and P.J.K (1993) by the Negeri Sembilan Government. For Girl Guides on the other hand, she received a number of awards such as ‘Pingat Tanggok Padi', ‘Agok Bakti Lebah' and ‘Anugerah Tertinggi Layang-layang'.
The Malaysian Girl Guides Association Historical Narration Series
29 March 1997
The National Archives of Malaysia