𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝗛𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗱 𝗞𝗵𝗮𝗻, 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗵𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗲𝗸𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗵 𝗠𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮𝗵 𝗛𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗱 𝗞𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗻𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗿, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻, 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘀𝗹𝗲𝘆 𝗩𝗼𝗹𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀?
Situated in Island Glades, Penang, Sekolah Menengah Hamid Khan is named after Captain Hamid Khan, one of the grand old men of Penang.
Captain Hamid Khan was a teacher in Penang Free School in 1900 and became the first Asian headmaster of Farquhar Street English School in 1926 and later in 1930, the Government English School in Northam Road. From there, he was posted to Francis Light School in 1934, also as the first Asian headmaster, before his retirement in 1935.
He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace at the age of 53, in 1935. He was the first Malay Commissioned Officer, with the rank of Captain, of the Penang and Province Wellesley Volunteer Forces.
Remembered as a short and stout gentleman, always immaculately dressed in the tight hose pants, three buttoned jacket, and vest adorned by a thick gold chain which balanced a gold pocket watch and a gold sovereign coin and never without the Malay songkok; also known for his brisk manner in walking and he was a fast speaker.
He passed away in 1960 at his residence in Seang Tek Road (where Wisma Sebarang is today) after ailing for several months. He was 78 years old.
Many thanks to Captain Hamid Khan’s grandson, Encik Rozhan M Idrus, for sharing this hidden history.
Source: Straits Echo, 8 February 1960 (Monday) Straits Echo, 9 February 1960 (Tuesday)