Ismail Khan Ibrahim Khan

Tan Sri Dato' Ismail Khan bin Ibrahim Khan (18 June 1905–18 April 2000; Jawi: إإسماعيل خان بين إبراهيم خان)[1][2] was a Malaysian barrister and judge who served as the third Chief Justice of Borneo. He was the first Malay law graduate and second to become a barrister.[2] Khan later came out from retirement after being nominated as President of the Dewan Negara (President of the Senate of Malaysia) by then-Prime Minister of Malaysia Hussein Onn.[2]

Ismail Khan Ibrahim Khan

إسماعيل خان بين إبراهيم خان
6th President of the Dewan Negara
In office
5 January 1981  13 April 1985
Nominated byHussein Onn
Appointed byAhmad Shah
DeputyAbdul Hamid Bidin (1981-1982)
Sulaiman Ninam Shah (1982-1985)
Preceded byOmar Ong Yoke Lin
Succeeded byBenedict Stephens
3rd Chief Justice of Borneo
In office
2 September 1968  31 December 1973
Nominated byTunku Abdul Rahman
Appointed byIsmail Nasiruddin
Preceded bySir Philip Ernest Housden Pike QC
Succeeded byLee Hun Hoe
Personal details
Ismail Khan bin Ibrahim Khan

(1905-06-18)18 June 1905
Taiping, Perak, Federated Malay States (now Malaysia)
Died18 April 2000(2000-04-18) (aged 94)
Seremban, Seremban District, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Resting placeTaiping Old Mosque, Taiping, Larut, Matang and Selama District, Perak, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Alma materUniversity College, London
Middle Temple

Early life and education

Khan attended the premier boys' high school, King Edward VII School, and later the St. George's Institution where he matriculated in January 1923.[1] Upon matriculation, Khan enrolled in the King Edward VII College of Medicine in Singapore to study medicine only to change his mind and left for University College, London in June the same year to read law instead.[2] After four years in June 1927, Khan graduated and was called to the English Bar by Middle Temple in January 1928.[1][2]


After returning to British Malaya, Khan practised at a law firm in Penang of the Straits Settlements until the Japanese occupation of Malaya. In the aftermath of the war, he resumed his practice at Alor Setar, Kedah before being elevated to the bench.[1] In 1958, Khan was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Malaysia (then Federation of Malaya) and was based in the capital, Kuala Lumpur. As Supreme Court judge, he was also later posted to the states of Negeri Sembilan and Malacca.[1] Ten years after elevation to the bench, Khan was appointed the Chief Justice of Borneo on 2 September 1968, an office which he held until his retirement on 31 December 1973.[1] He was the first non-British Empire citizen and only one of two non-East Malaysian to date to be appointed to the office.[3]

In early 1981, Khan came out of retirement after prime minister Hussein Onn decided to nominate him as the next President of the Senate of Malaysia. He served as the sixth president for more than four years before retiring a second time in July 1985.[2]



  1. "Former Chief Justice". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  2. "Family News". Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. Anbalagan, V. (21 October 2016). "Ex-judges: Malanjum ideal for CJ's post". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  4. "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 17 August 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Omar Ong Yoke Lin
President of the Dewan Negara
Succeeded by
Benedict Stephens
Legal offices
Preceded by
Sir Philip Ernest Housden Pike
Chief Justice of Borneo
Succeeded by
Lee Hun Hoe
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