The founder of Malaysian jeweller Habib Jewels has died after suffering from a fall two weeks ago.
Datuk Haji Habib Mohamed Abdul Latif, 92, had been in a coma since the fall, The Star reported.
Habib Jewels said in a statement that its founder died at 4:26am on Wednesday (Apr 4).
Datuk Habib started his jewellery business as a small Penang shop in 1958.
According to the company’s website, the businessman helped his business stand out by choosing to do things differently.
“There was also a strong presence of armed forces in Penang and before we knew it, we were selling coloured gemstones to American GIs,” a brief on the website says.
In 1998, Habib Corporation Berhad became the country’s first public listed jeweler, before a privatisation exercise in 2005.
The group later started the Chantique jewellery brand, and ventured into Islamic pawnbroking and the hotel business.