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Ex-Municipal Commissioner Dr Moonshi dies at age 70

As Municipal Commissioner, Dr H.S. Moonshi's duties included looking into the naming of streets.
As Municipal Commissioner, Dr H.S. Moonshi's duties included looking into the naming of streets.FILE PHOTO

Dr H.S. Moonshi, a former Singapore Municipal Commissioner, died in November 1965 at age 70.

Born in India, he had moved to Singapore as a boy and studied at Raffles Institution.

In 1916, he graduated from the King Edward VII College of Medicine. The same year, he started a clinic called Moonshi Dispensary in North Bridge Road, which was the first Muslim clinic in Singapore, according to Biography Of The Early Malay Doctors 1900-1957: Malaya And Singapore.

He was active in clubs, including the Malay Volunteer Club and the Indian Association. He became a Municipal Commissioner in 1921 and was re-nominated in 1924. His duties included looking into the naming of streets, and he led a motion to rename Kling Street to Chulia Street as the word "kling" had a derogatory connotation, used in reference to Indian coolies.

Dr Moonshi, one of the pioneers involved in Muslim missionary society Jamiyah Singapore, was awarded the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935 and the Coronation Medal in 1937.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 22, 2015, with the headline 'Ex-Municipal Commissioner Dr Moonshi dies at age 70'. Print Edition | Subscribe