|Together with Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat|
TAN SRI Simon Sipaun counts himself fortunate to be alive today. “My parents had five children, but only two survived…I was the third child and first to survive,” he recounts in an e-mail interview on 1 April 2011. Sipaun not only survived, but went on to win scholarships to Victoria University, New Zealand and Oxford University, England and was Sabah’s State Secretary from 1988 to 1993.
Amongst other senior positions, Sipaun was also vice-chairperson of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) from 2003 to 2010. He continues his commitment to promoting human rights through the new Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia (Proham), which comprises former Suhakam commissioners. Sipaun was appointed Proham’s first chairperson in March 2011.