Tan Sri Dato' Elyas Omar Tan Sri Dato' Elyas Omar

A Historical Narration Ceremony on a Personage Involved in Malaysia's Participation in the Commonwealth Games
30 July 1998

Tan Sri Dato' Elyas Omar


   Tan Sri Dato' Elyas Omar originated from Penang. He holds a B.A. Hons from University of Malaya, Singapore, a Masters degree from University of Pittsburgh USA and a PhD from Harvard University USA. He initiated his career as Assistant Director in government Public Services Commission (1960-1964), Assistant Director of the Federal Establishment Office Malaysia (1966) and as Assistant Director of Administrative Development Unit, Prime Minister's Department (1966-1970).

   He was appointed as the Director, of the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) from 1973-1978. He later became the Director General, Department of Public Service (1978-1981) and as the Secretary General at the Ministry of Federal Territories (1981-1987). His last position in public service posting was as the Mayor of Kuala Lumpur (1981-1992).
 
  When he was the mayor, he introduced many changes to the development and efforts to beautify Kuala Lumpur. He had introduced transport facilities such as the Light Rapid Transit (LRT) which uses elevated guideways in order to reduce traffic congestion. In addition, he provided an Integrated Public Transport System which involves the consolidation of bus companies and integration with taxi, monorail, pedestrian walkways and restructuring of routes to facilitate public travel facilities.

   The beautification of Kuala Lumpur City was also carried out with the creation of the Orchid Garden, Bird Park, Butterfly Park, Deer Park, Taman Bandar Tun Razak and Taman Tasik Permaisuri. He also planned the privatisation of urban development such as Bandar Baru Wangsa Maju and joint venture development  of Kuala Lumpur City Hall with developers and landowners for the development of squatter settlements in Kuala Lumpur.  In addition, he was also involved in the development planning of Bukit Jalil sports village complex which is incorporated with Technology Park.

  In addition, he is also an active leader in the field of sports. He was a member of the National Sports Council (1980-84), Member of the Management Board of the National Sports Council (1980-93) and President of the Malaysian National Cycling Federation (1984-88).  He led the national badminton team to win the Thomas Cup in 1992 when he was the President of the Badminton Association of Malaysia (1985-93). The Kuala Lumpur Football Team had won the Malaysia Cup for three consecutive years in 1987, 1988 and 1989 during his tenure as president (1984-1996).

  Tan Sri Dato 'Elyas Omar was also the Chef-de-Mission for the Malaysian contingent to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, with the first Olympic medal being won through Razif and Jalani in badminton. He was also a Committee Member for the 1998 Commonwealth Games Bid which had successfully brought the 16th Commonwealth Games to Kuala Lumpur.

A Historical Narration Ceremony on a Personage Involved in Malaysia's Participation in the Commonwealth Games
30 July 1998
Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial