Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Khir Johari Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Khir Johari

Historical Personage Series -Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Khir Johari

  Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Khir Johari was born on 29 January, 1923 in Alor Setar, Kedah and received his early education at the Sultan Abdul Halim College, Alor Setar, Kedah. Tan Sri's political involvement began in 1946 as the SABERKAS Honorary Secretary General and a year's stint as the UMNO Secretary General in 1954 and was reappointed for the second time in 1966 until May 1969.

  Tan Sri's cabinet posts began when he won the Federal Election for the Central Kedah constituency in 1955 and was appointed as a Junior Minister of Economic Affairs in 1956, the Minister of Education in 1957 and was responsible for implementing the Education Ordinance 1957.

   In the 1959 parliamentary elections, he was again chosen to represent Central Kedah constituency and was appointed as the Minister of Trade and Industry in 1960. He was also made the Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives later from 1962 to 1964. When there was a cabinet reshuffle in February 1965, Tan Sri was again appointed as the Minister of Education and in 1969, Tan Sri was appointed once more as the Minister of Trade and Industry, making a total of 8 years in this Ministry.

           In the midst of his duties, Tan Sri attended several conferences abroad and headed a Malaya delegation to the UNESCO Conference in Paris in 1958, as well as lead a trading delegation to the United Arab Republic in 1962. In April 1963, Tan Sri attended the Conference of Foreign Ministers of Asia in Manila and in the same year, he attended the Committee Conference on the Foreign Area Reconstruction Work of Afro-Asian Continent in New Delhi and attended many more conferences until the end of his tenure with the government. Tan Sri was appointed as the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States and at the same time represented Malaysia in the United Nations Association in New York in February 1973.
  Tan Sri returned from the United States in 1976, he remained as a Member of Parliament until 1982, before going into diverse business activities. In this During that period in time and up to 1992, Tan Sri has held the Chairman and Director posts of various public companies as well as financial and trading companies.           While in social activities Tan Sri was the patron to many associations and organisations both domestically and internationally. In sports, Tan Sri has long been known as the President of the Badminton Association of Malaysia for 25 years, President of the Sepak Takraw Association of Malaysia and Vice President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia.

   To honour his contributions and services to the country and society, Tan Sri was awarded several medals which included the Panglima Mangku Negara (PMN) medal in 1986 which carries the title Tan Sri and honorary titles from other countries such as Thailand, Korea and Japan. In 1987, Tan Sri was conferred the Honorary Doctor of Letters from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, prior to that he had received the Honorary Doctor of Education and Science from La Salle College, Manila, Philippines. In March 1992, Tan Sri was awarded again the honorific title of Dato' Paduka Mahkota Selangor (D.P.M.S.) Medal which carries the title Dato'.

Historical Personage Series -Tan Sri Dato' Mohd Khir Johari
10 October 1992
National Archives of Malaysia