It is with deep regret that we announce Datuk Haji Habib Mohamed Abdul Latif, the founder of Habib Jewels, has passed away last Wednesday, 4th April 2018. Rather than go into the details of his passing, we instead take a look at the legacy he left behind, a legacy that began 60 years ago in a little shop in Penang on Pitt Street.
Back then, this area was known as “Jewelers’ Corner” and unlike most jewellers of the time, who dealt mainly with gold, Datuk Haji Habib Mohamed Abdul Latif decided to carve his own little niche by selling diamonds. The business grew thanks to the presence of armed forces in Penang, selling coloured gemstones to American GIs.
When Habib senior passed on the mantle to his son – Dato’ Sri Meer Sadik Habib – the company continued to flourish. In 1998 Habib Corporation Berhad became the first public listed Jeweller in Malaysia. And even though the company was taken private after a strategic corporate exercise it still remains as one of the country’s premier jewellers.
Even with a reputation for quality and world class designs, Habib as a company still upholds tradition and the core values the founder put in place. According to them: “The core values touch the lives of our management and employees alike, professionally and personally, creating an extended HABIB family that takes pride in providing warm, personalized service to a wide spectrum of customers.”
Our deepest condolences to the family of the late Datuk Haji Habib Mohamed Abdul Latif.