Sardon Jubir

Tun Sardon bin Jubir (Jawi: سعدون بن زبير; 19 March 1917 – 14 December 1985) was a Malaysian politician. He served as Minister of Health, Minister of Works and Communications and was the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang from 1975 to 1981.

Sardon Jubir
سعدون زبير
4th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang
In office
2 February 1975  30 April 1981
Chief MinisterLim Chong Eu
Preceded bySyed Sheh Hassan Barakbah
Succeeded byAwang Hassan
Minister of Communications
In office
1 January 1972  24 August 1974
MonarchAbdul Halim
Prime MinisterAbdul Razak Hussein
DeputyWong Seng Chow
Preceded byV. T. Sambanthan as Minister of Works, Posts and Telecommunications
Succeeded byV. Manickavasagam
ConstituencyPontian Utara
Minister of Health
In office
4 June 1969  1 January 1972
MonarchsIsmail Nasiruddin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterTunku Abdul Rahman
Abdul Razak Hussein
Preceded byNg Kam Poh
Succeeded byLee Siok Yew
ConstituencyPontian Utara
Minister of Transport
In office
22 August 1959  3 June 1969
MonarchsAbdul Rahman
Ismail Nasiruddin
Prime MinisterTunku Abdul Rahman
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Talib
Succeeded byV. Manickavasagam
ConstituencyPontian Utara
Minister of Works, Posts and Telecommunications
In office
31 August 1957  21 August 1959
MonarchAbdul Rahman
Prime MinisterTunku Abdul Rahman
Preceded byHimself as Minister of Works
Succeeded byV. T. Sambanthan
Minister of Works
In office
9 August 1955  31 August 1957
MonarchElizabeth II
Chief MinisterTunku Abdul Rahman
Assistant MinisterAbdul Khalid Awang Osman
Preceded byPosition Established
Succeeded byHimself as Minister of Works, Posts and Telecommunications
3rd Youth Chief of the
United Malays National Organisation
In office
PresidentTunku Abdul Rahman
Preceded byAbdul Razak Hussein
Succeeded bySenu Abdul Rahman
Personal details
Born(1917-03-19)19 March 1917
Rengit, Batu Pahat, Johor, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died14 December 1985(1985-12-14) (aged 68)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting placeMakam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Saadiah Abdullah
(m. 1944)
Alma materVictoria School
Inns of Court School of Law
Inner Temple

Early life

Sardon was born in Rengit, Batu Pahat, Johor on 19 March 1917. His father, Haji Jubir bin Haji Mohd Amin was a plantation owner and a kathi in Singapore.[1]

Sardon was educated at Victoria Bridge School and Raffles Institution in Singapore. At Raffles, he formed a Malay literary association with friends including Aziz Ishak, Abdul Hamid Jumat, and Ahmad Ibrahim and contributed articles on the Malays and their plight to Warta Malaya, a leading Malay newspaper in Singapore. This was done through Aziz's brother, Yusof Ishak who was already working as a journalist. Yusof later became the first President of Singapore.

After passing his Senior Cambridge examination, Tun Sardon pursued a career in Law in London and qualified as a Barrister from Lincoln's Inner Temple. He returned to Singapore in 1941 and had his practice in Singapore and later in Johor Bahru. He was called to the English Bar in 1938 at the same time as Tun Suffian Hashim who later retired as the Lord President

Political career

Tun Sardon held the post of Minister of Health until 1972. He retired from politics in 1974 and was made Ambassador to the United Nations – a post then normally associated with retired politicians. In 1975, he was appointed as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang.


Sardon married Toh Puan Hajjah Saadiah in 1944. They had three sons and two adopted daughters.


Sardon died on 14 December 1985 and was buried at Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.


With the support from business and community leaders from Penang, the Tun Sardon Foundation was incorporated on 13 June 1978 as a company limited by guarantee and not having a share capital under the Companies Act 1965 to carry out charitable objects, including giving relief to the poor and needy, in particular the widows and orphans, victims of fire, floods, famine or other calamity and to those in need of moral or social rehabilitation or welfare.

Several projects and institutions were named after him, including:

  • Taman Tun Sardon in Gelugor, Penang
  • Jalan Tun Sardon a major road from Balik Pulau to Paya Terubong
  • SMK Tun Sardon in Rengit, Johor
  • Bilik Mesyuarat Tun Sardon Jubir, a conference room at Pos Malaysia National Mail Centre in Shah Alam, Selangor
  • Laluan Makmal Sains Tun Sardon Jubir, a science laboratory hallway in a MARA institutional boarding school, MRSM Baling, Kedah


Honours of Penang

  • As 4th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang (5 February 19751 May 1981)
    • Knight Grand Commander (DUPN) with title Dato' Seri Utama
    • Grand Master of the Order of the Defender of State

Honours of Malaysia


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