Veteran MIC politician Tan Sri S.O.K. Ubaidulla Kadir Basha passed away at his Bukit Pantai residence here at 10.30am on Thursday.
Ubaidullah, who was in his 90s, was the former chairman of the Ubadi Foundation and has been a member of the MIC since it was founded in 1946. He was the former permanent chairman of MIC.
He had received the Tokoh Maal Hijrah award in 1989.
He is also credited for the formation of the Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and was its presisdent in 1950, and the founding president of the Malaysian Islamic Welfare Organisation (Perkim) from 1961 to 1965.
Ubaidulla was a representative in the Senate from 1959 to 1980 and retired as deputy president of the Senate.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, who joined other MIC leaders to pay their last respects at 1pm, described Ubaidulla’s death as a great loss to MIC.
“He was a founder member of MIC and contributed immensely to the party. He dedicated himself to the community and helped bring changes to the Indian community,” he said.
Samy Vellu said Ubaidulla would be fondly remembered for his sacrifices for the party and was also instrumental in creating entrepreneurship amongst Indians.