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Captain Hamid Khan

๐ƒ๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป, ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ธ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ต ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ต ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ž๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป, ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€?


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 Khanโ€™s grandson, Encik Rozhan M Idrus, for sharing this hidden history.



Source: Straits Echo, 8 February 1960 (Monday) Straits Echo, 9 February 1960 (Tuesday)

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