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KUALA LUMPUR: Former diplomat and politician Datuk Mohamed Sopiee Sheikh Ibrahim, 78, died of a stroke yesterday after a bout of illness. 

He passed away at the Assunta Hospital in Petaling Jaya. 

Mohamed Sopiee, who led an illustrious political and journalistic career, was a founder member of Umno and columnist for The Star besides serving in a host of senior government posts and foreign missions. 

During his many years in public service, Mohamed Sopiee was director of Information Services, High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan, Malaysia’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations and information attaché in London. 

He was Kepala Batas MP from 1974 to 1979, having taken over from Datuk Ahmad Badawi, father to Acting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.  

Abdullah later succeeded him. 

In 1951, Mohamed Sopiee formed the Pan Malayan Labour Party. He was Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers president and National Chamber of Commerce and Industry vice-president. 

Mohamed Sopiee wrote the “Datuk Mohamed Sopiee’s Column” in The Star in the early 1990s and the “Komentar” column in the now defunct Watan

He received his early education at the St Xavier's Institution in Penang and was among its first Muslim students. 

He later taught at the school after his Cambridge examinations and was a Scoutmaster. He also served as the president of the Old Boys' Association. 

Mohamed Sopiee married Datin Zainab Che Teh, who passed away in 1995. 

He is survived by his second wife Datin Halijah Kassim, son Tan Sri Dr Noordin Sopiee, who is Institute of Strategic and International Studies chairman, daughter Nordina, four grandsons, a granddaughter and a great granddaughter. 

His cortege will leave No 3, Jalan Jejawi, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, before zohor prayers today for the Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery in Damansara.  

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