In December 1983, then Inspector-General of Police, Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar, at the age of 45, took study leave to read law at the University of Buckingham, to encourage his officers to continue learning. He graduated with an LLB in January 1984, but never got to stay back for his convocation as he was summoned back for duty amidst sitting for his final exams.
Yesterday, 16 March 2012, he was conferred an honourary doctorate of law by his alma mater, in honour of his contribution in law, not only to Malaysia and the ASEAN, but also in advising the government of the United States, Great Britain, the Interpol, and the UN Crime Prevention Commission in this field. Professor John Clarke presented to the Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Lord Tanlaw of Tanlawhill for the admission of Tun hanif to the Degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa.
In his reply, Tun Hanif thanked the University for the honour, stating that it was in a way a convocation for the one he could not attend back in 1986. He then advised the Law Graduands of 2012 to not be overcome by greed, and not get into traps and pitfalls.
“If it is too good to be true, then trust me, it is too good to be true,” he said. “Keep the friends you have made at the University of Buckingham as they will be valuable to you in your life outside. This is not the end of a journey, merely a beginning. And continue to make friends.”