Thursday June 21, 2012
First Speaker ‘Noah Beirut’ fondly remembered
“Personality-wise, he (Mohamed Noah) was ‘old school’, with old-fashioned values and one who was always careful not to overspend,” said Najib during the “Malam Jasa Mu Dikenang” dinner held at the Putra World Trade Centre.
The Johor native was the father-in-law to two of the country’s Prime Ministers, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn, as well as the grandfather to Najib and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
Mohamed Noah, known by the nickname “Noah Beirut” due to his time in the Syrian Protestant College in Beirut, Lebanon, was a firm believer in education and established the Noah Foundation in 1971.
Najib also launched a coffee table book on Mohamed Noah.
Mohamed Noah was born in Muar, Johor, in 1898 and passed away in 1991 at the age of 93.