Ubaidulla, 93, who died at about 10.30am due to old age at his home No 10, Lorong Bukit Pantai 6, here left behind wife Puan Sri Mehrunnisa Mohideen and two sons, businessmen Hishamudin and Hamimudin.
His remains were laid to rest at Bukit Kiara Muslim cemetery after Asar prayers today.
Born on June 18, 1918 in Chennai, India, Ubaidulla came to the then Malaya in the 1930s and worked in a firm in Seremban before setting up his own business in 1940’s starting off in the retail trade, such as selling suitcases and household products before venturing into shipping and a travel agency, which remained his core businesses from the 1970s.
One of the founding members of MIC in 1946, he had been an MIC loyalist until his death and as a party veteran, he had held several senior positions in the party.
In 1975, Ubaidulla was elected MIC vice-president and in 1981 he was reappointed to the Central Working Committee and in 1994, he was appointed MIC permanent chairman.
In 1959, he was appointed as a senator and in 1971, as the deputy president of the Senate and reappointed to the post in 1975 for a six year term.
Ubaidulla was the first president of the Malaysia Associated Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, a post he served between 1950-1951 and then 1957-1985.
He was also a founder director of the then Bank Bumiputra and was elected the president of the Malayan Employers Consultative Association (now known as Malaysian Employer’s Federation (MEF)) a post he held for about 20 years.
In the religious field, Ubaidulla’s contribution was very significant.
He was the founder president of Perkim and Muslimin-Indo Malaysia (Permim) and had also served as the chairman of All-Malaya Muslim Missionary Society.
He was also active in promoting Tamil literature and Islamic religious activities and received the Maal Hijrah Award in 1989.