Article by Khoo Kay Kim extracting a newspaper article in The Malaya Tribune announcing the appointment of Capt. Hashim to the Straits Legislative Council in 1936 courtesy of Hisham Harun Hashim
CAPT. NOR MOHAMED HASHIM BIN MOHD. DALI
The Malaya Tribune understands that Capt. N. M. Hashim, M.C.S. (retired), has been appointed Malay member of the Straits Legislative Council in succession to Inche Mohamed Rouse bin Chee.
Capt. Hashim’s appointment will give general satisfaction to the Malay community.
He is popular both in the Colony and the Malay States.
Born in Penang, Capt. Hashim originally entered the Government Service as a Malay Student interpreter, Police Courts, Penang, on August 15, 1895. Coming to Singapore a year later, he associated himself with all matters pertaining to the community’s progress and social welfare.
When he retired last year, after 37 years’ meritorious service, it was considered that the Government had lost the services of a loyal Malay officer and the Malays a staunch advocate and supporter of their legitimate cause. His return to public service is generally welcomed.
Capt. Hashim was the first Malay in the service of the S. S. Government to be appointed to a post ordinarily held by Cadet officers, when he was promoted and appointed Acting D. O, Balik Pulau, Assistant District Judge and Magistrate, Penang and Assistant Food Controller, Penang, in 1919.
On January 1, 1922, he was transferred to the F. M. S. as an Assistant Officer-in-Charge of Co-operative Societies and he retired when holding the appointment of Assistant Registrar, Co-operation Department, F. M. S. and S. S., in Class III of the Malayan Civil Service.
Capt. Hashim’s communal and public services have been many and diverse. He was one of the founders of the Singapore Malay Volunteer Corps, being the first Malay to be appointed as a commissioner officer of the Corps. During the days of the Great War he rendered yeoman service to the Government in Singapore and in Kelantan, where he was sent as the head of a detachment of the Malay Volunteers to suppress the “Kelantan Rising” (1915). His valuable services there were recognized by the local Government, the Military authorities and the Secretary of State for the Colonies in London.
Capt. Hashim was responsible for the establishment of the Singapore Mohammedan Advisory Board of which he was for many years honorary secretary. He was thanked by the Government for his services as Secretary of the Board during the Great War.
Capt. Hashim’s interest in sport is well known. He knows that healthy rivalry in sport is conducive to good citizenship and discipline, and therefore, worked very hard to found the Malaya F. A. in 1909. To him, it may be said, is due, to a large extend the present high standard of football and other branches of athletics among the Malays in Singapore.
It is expected that Capt. Hashim, who is now living in the F. M. S., will take up his residence in Singapore.
(The Malaya Tribune, 7 March, 1936).