Shri. M.J. Zakaria, journalist and trade union leader, was born as the son of Shri. Mohammed
Jaffer Sait and Smt. Fathima Bai at Cochin on 11 April 1941. He completed his intermediate
education at Mattancherry, even while being involved in students movements.
Shri. Zakaria entered Politics through the Muslim Students Federation. He was the Councillor
of the Cochin Corporation since its formation in 1967 and was the Chairman of the Health
Committee. In 1976 he became the Deputy Mayor of Cochin Corporation. He was elected as
a Representative of the civic body to the Greater Cochin Development Authority. He has also
successfully completed the orientation course for the Councillors conducted by the Osmania
Shri. Zakaria had been elected to K.L.A in 1980, 1987, and in 1992 from Mattancherry
constituency. He held the Office of the Deputy Speaker in VIth K.L.A from 21 February 1980 to 01 January 1982. He was also the Chairman of the Estimates Committee of Kerala Legislature
Shri. Zakaria was District Vice-President of Muslim League and Secretary of the Muslim League
Legislature Party during 1980-82. He was also the State Secretary and State Vice- President
of AIML. He later became State Working President of INL.
As President of several trade unions he had served in F.C.I Thozhilali Union, Cochin Port
Swathanthra Thozhilali Union, Kerala State Rationshop Employees Union, KSDP Employees
Council, and K.M.M.L Employees Union.
A known journalist, Shri. Zakaria has authored several short stories and was the Editor of
Smt. Hajara Bai is his wife they have three sons and four daughters.
Shri. M.J. Zakaria expired on 3 October 1999.
The Assembly paid its homage to him on 29 December 1999.