Famous Malaysian Men

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If there is one person on earth who has put women from the royalty to the celebrity perched on their heels, it’s indisputably Jimmy Choo! Ask a woman from any corner of the world and she would swear by having a Jimmy Choo (or eyeing on one) in her wardrobe! For what is a shoe collection without a pair of Jimmy Choo! Are you wondering what this is all about? Just a simple reminder that this is the kind of influence Malaysian men have exerted on the world over. From celebrities to politicians, activists to entrepreneurs, models to millionaires, businessmen to sports star, Malaysian men have made their worth count in all the spheres.

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 1 
Lee Chong Wei
(Malaysian Former Badminton Player and Three-Time Olympic Silver Medallist)
Lee Chong Wei
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Birthdate: October 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bagan Serai, Malaysia
Malaysian former badminton player Datuk Lee Chong Wei held the first rank for 349 weeks as a singles player, thus becoming the only player from his country to be number one for over a year. He is a three-time Olympic silver medalist but quit the game after his cancer diagnosis.
 2 
Jimmy Choo
(Malaysian Fashion Designer and Co-Founder of ‘Jimmy Choo Ltd’)
Jimmy Choo
2
Birthdate: 1961 AD
Birthplace: George Town, Penang, Malaya
While locked down in Malaysia during the COVID-19 crisis, luxury footwear designer Jimmy Choo came across the idea to open a fashion academy in London. Born to a modest shoemaker in Penang, Choo had mastered the art of shoe designing in London, where he later launched his eponymous shoe brand.
 3 
Henry Golding
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Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia
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 4 
Mahathir Mohamad
(4th and 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Mahathir Mohamad
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Birthdate: July 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia

Mahathir Mohamad is a Malaysian statesman, doctor, and author. He twice served as the prime minister of Malaysia and is widely regarded as one of the most popular Malaysian prime ministers of all time. Under his premiership, Malaysia underwent a period of rapid economic growth and modernization. Mahathir Mohamad is also credited with establishing strong foreign relations with many countries.

 5 
James Wan
(Co-creator of the Saw and Insidious Franchises and the Creator of the Conjuring Universe)
James Wan
13
Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

James Wan is an Australian screenwriter, film director, comic book writer, and producer. He is credited with creating or co-creating the popular Insidious, Saw, and The Conjuring Universe franchises. An exponent of the horror genre, James Wan established the Atomic Monster Productions, which produces television and film projects. He is also one of the most successful filmmakers of his generation.

 6 
Nigel Ng
(Comedian)
Nigel Ng
5
Birthdate: March 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 7 
Ronny Chieng
(Comedian)
Ronny Chieng
3
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia
 8 
Anwar Ibrahim
(Malaysian Politician)
Anwar Ibrahim
4
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bukit Mertajam

Anwar Ibrahim is a Malaysian politician who has served as Leader of the Opposition twice. Interested in politics from an early age, he joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) as a young man. He rose through the ranks to become the finance minister and the deputy prime minister. He is a controversial figure and has been jailed for sodomy.

 9 
Michael Gough
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Birthdate: November 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011
 10 
Tunku Abdul Rahman
(1st Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Tunku Abdul Rahman
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Birthdate: February 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia
Died: December 6, 1990
Tunku Abdul Rahman was a Malaysian statesman who served as the first prime minister of Malaysia from 1957 to 1970. Before becoming the Malaysian prime minister, Tunku played an important role in the independence process that came to an end in 1957. Tunku Abdul Rahman is widely regarded as Malaysia's founding father for his role in the formation of Malaysia.
 11 
Tony Fernandes
(Entrepreneur)
Tony Fernandes
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Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

Tony Fernandes is a Malaysian entrepreneur best known as the founder of a popular air transport provider called Tune Air. He is credited with introducing the first low-cost airline, AirAsia, to Malaysians. Tony Fernandes is also credited with turning AirAsia into a highly successful public-listed company. 
 

 12 
Robert Kuok
(Founder and chairman, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts)
Robert Kuok
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Birthdate: October 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia
 13 
Vincent Tan
(Malaysian Chinese Businessman, Investor and Founder of ‘Berjaya Corporation Berhad’)
Vincent Tan
5
Birthdate: 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Batu Pahat, Malaysia

Vincent Tan is a Malaysian Chinese investor and businessman. He is credited with founding Berjaya Corporation Berhad, a Malaysia-based corporation that operates a wide range of businesses. In 2010, Tan was named in the Forbes' billionaire list. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Vincent Tan founded the Better Malaysia Foundation, which grants scholarships and interest-free loans to students in need.

 14 
Lee Zii Jia
(Badminton player)
Lee Zii Jia
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Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

Malaysian badminton player Lee Zii Jia has gold medals in the Asian Championships, the Asia Team Championships, and the Southeast Asian Games. He began his training in badminton at age 6 and later joined the Bukit Jalil Sports School. He made headlines when he was banned by the Badminton Association of Malaysia temporarily.

 15 
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
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Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bayan Lepas

Former Malaysian prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had initially served the civil services. He focused on removing corruption and poverty from his country during his tenure as the PM. He is also a talented poet, and following his retirement, he now serves as the chancellor of the Universiti Teknologi Petronas.

 16 
Najib Razak
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Najib Razak
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Birthdate: July 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lipis, Malaysia
Najib Razak was the Malaysian prime minister from 2009 to 2018. Son of former prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein, he has also chaired the Barisan Nasional coalition and been the president of the United Malays National Organisation. He was later convicted of corruption and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
 17 
P. Ramlee
(Actor)
P. Ramlee
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Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: May 29, 1973
 18 
Lim Guan Eng
(The Fourth Chief Minister of Penang and the Current Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party)
Lim Guan Eng
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Birthdate: December 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malaysia

Former finance minister of Malaysia Lim Guan Eng was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of politician Lim Kit Siang. Educated in Malaysia and Australia, Eng had initially begun his career as a banker. He has faced a number of legal issues, including charges of corruption.

 19 
James Brooke
(Politician, Writer, Diplomat)
James Brooke
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Birthdate: April 29, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varanasi
Died: June 11, 1868

Born to an English judge in British India, James Brooke was educated in England and then served the Bengal Army. He later established the Brooke Raj, or the State of Sarawak, in Borneo and reigned as its first White Rajah. He was knighted and later handed over his Raj to his nephew.

 20 
Abdul Razak Hussein
(Former 2nd Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Abdul Razak Hussein
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Birthdate: March 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pekan, Malaysia
Died: January 14, 1976

Abdul Razak Hussein was a Malaysian politician best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 22 September 1970 until his death on 14 January 1976. An influential politician, Abdul Razak Hussein held several other prominent offices, including the office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Home Affairs.

 21 
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor
(Malaysian Astronaut.)
Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor
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Birthdate: July 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor went from being an orthopaedic surgeon to becoming the first Malaysian man to fly into space. Chosen out of 11,000 applicants to join the Malaysian-Russian collaborative space initiative Angkasawan, he became a national hero. He also conducted various medical research experiments while in space.

 22 
Hussein Onn
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Hussein Onn
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Birthdate: February 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johor Bahru
Died: May 29, 1990

Former Malaysian prime minister Hussein Onn is remembered as the Father of Unity. Son of Malaysian freedom fighter Onn Jaafar, Hussein had been educated in Singapore and then been part of the Indian Army during World War II. He later stepped into politics with the UMNO.

 23 
Malaysia Vasudevan
(Playback singer and actor in Tamil cinema)
Malaysia Vasudevan
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Birthdate: June 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Selangor, Malaysia
Died: February 20, 2011
 24 
Ravichandran
(Actor who played lead hero roles in Tamil films from 1964 to 1979)
Ravichandran
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Birthdate: March 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Died: July 25, 2011
 25 
Hishammuddin Hussein
(Politician, Lawyer)
Hishammuddin Hussein
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Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

Hishammuddin Hussein is a Malaysian politician who has held various ministerial roles including the Deputy Minister of Primary Industries, Minister of Youth and Sports, Minister of Education, Minister of Home Affairs, and Minister of Defence. Hishammuddin Hussein has also been an important member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since 1989.

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Azizulhasni Awang
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Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

Malaysian track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, also known as The Pocket Rocketman, has both an Olympic bronze and silver in his kitty. Adopted as a child, he took up cycling at age 10. While studying sports science in Australia, he became the first non-Australian to get a Blue Award from Victoria University.

 27 
Lawrence Wong
(Singaporean Actor Who Portrayed 'Hai Lan Cha' in the Chinese Historical Series 'Story of Yanxi Palace')
Lawrence Wong
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Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

Lawrence Wong is a Malaysian-born Singaporean actor whose portrayal of Hai Lan Cha in the Chinese historical series Story of Yanxi Palace earned him a place in the most influential artistes in China list. His role in the series also earned him a Golden Angel Award under the Best Actor in a Supporting Role category.

 28 
Arthur Percival
(Military personnel)
Arthur Percival
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Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: January 31, 1966

Blamed for undermining the British Imperial prestige by surrendering to the Japanese Army during the Battle of Singapore, Arthur Percival was actually a distinguished military officer, known for his successful campaigns in interwar period.  Plagued with underequipped garrison from the beginning, he was forced to surrender in order to save the lives of his 100,000 men and became the scapegoat.

 29 
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
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Birthdate: April 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kota Bharu

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is a Malaysian politician who played an important role in establishing key policies and foundations in Malaysia's economy. For his immense contribution to Malaysia's economy, Razaleigh is often referred to as the Father of Malaysian Economic Development. Razaleigh, who held various ministerial positions in the past, is currently serving as a member of parliament (MP).

 30 
Mohamadou Sumareh
(Football player - Winger)
Mohamadou Sumareh
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Birthdate: September 20, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fajara, The Gambia

Mohamadou Sumareh is best known as a winger for Johor Darul Ta'zim. Known as Keliboy, Sumareh was born in Gambia but moved to Malaysia with his father at age 12. He has been part of the PDRM teams that have won the People's Cup and Malaysia Premier League.

 31 
Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
(Businesspeople)
Syed Mokhtar Albukhary
1
Birthdate: December 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia
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Christopher Lee
(British Actor, Singer Known for Starring in Film Series 'Star Wars', ' Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit')
Christopher Lee
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Birthdate: July 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

Singapore-based Malaysian actor, host and singer Christopher Lee Meng Soon rose to prominence with his remarkable performance in the Singaporean television drama The Price of Peace that won him Best Actor award at the 1997 Star Awards. He went on to bolster his acting career with TV series like A Good Wife and Workers, and films like The Long Goodbye.   

 33 
Ibrahim of Johor
(Malaysian king)
Ibrahim of Johor
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Birthdate: September 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istana Bidadari, Serangoon, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: May 8, 1959
 34 
Alex Yoong
(Racecar driver)
Alex Yoong
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Birthdate: July 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

Alex Yoong is a Malaysian racing driver best known for winning the Malaysian Championship in 1995. Alex Yoong became the first Malaysian racer to compete in Formula One when he took part in the 2001 Italian Grand Prix. 
 

 35 
Lim Kit Siang
(Politician, Lawyer)
Lim Kit Siang
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Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

Lim Kit Siang is a Malaysian politician best known for his service as the Leader of the Opposition. Lim Kit Siang served in this position on three occasions for almost 30 years, making him the longest-serving Malaysian leader of the opposition.

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Chef Wan
(Chef)
Chef Wan
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Birthdate: January 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Singapore
 37 
Bront Palarae
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Birthdate: September 27, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
 38 
Khaw Boon Wan
(Politician)
Khaw Boon Wan
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Birthdate: December 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penang
Khaw Boon Wan is a Singaporean retired politician who served as the Minister for Transport from 1 October 2015 to 26 July 2020. Khaw Boon Wan also served as the Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure from 2015 to 2020.
 39 
Remy Ishak
(Actor)
Remy Ishak
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Birthdate: April 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melaka, Malaysia
 40 
Shukri Yahaya
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Birthdate: June 13, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 41 
Fattah Amin
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Birthdate: September 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 42 
Sudirman
(Singer)
Sudirman
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Birthdate: May 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Temerloh, Malaysia
Died: February 22, 1992
 43 
Tony Pua
(politician)
Tony Pua
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Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batu Pahat
Tony Pua is a Malaysian politician who is currently serving as a Political Secretary to Lim Guan Eng. Since 2008, Tony Pua has been serving as a Member of the Malaysian Parliament, representing Damansara.
 44 
Michael Wong
(Singer)
Michael Wong
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Birthdate: August 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ipoh, Malaysia
 45 
Soh Wooi Yik
(Badminton player)
Soh Wooi Yik
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Birthdate: February 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Soh Wooi Yik is a Malaysian professional badminton player who achieved international acclaim when he won the bronze medal in the men's doubles event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Soh Wooi Yik has also won medals at Asian Championships, Southeast Asian Games, and World Junior Championships.

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SM Nasimuddin SM Amin
(Businessperson)
SM Nasimuddin SM Amin
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Birthdate: January 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Died: May 1, 2008
 47 
Goh Keng Swee
(Politician)
Goh Keng Swee
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Birthdate: October 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malacca
Died: May 14, 2010
Goh Keng Swee was a Singaporean politician best remembered for his service as the second Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore from 20 March 1973 to 1 January 1985. Goh is counted among the founding fathers of Singapore, a group of politicians who formed the famous People's Action Party. Goh Keng Swee held various ministerial offices, including the Ministry of Defence.     
 48 
Tengku Amir Shah
(Crown Prince of Selangor)
Tengku Amir Shah
0
Birthdate: December 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 49 
Tan Wee Kiong
(Badminton player)
Tan Wee Kiong
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Birthdate: May 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Muar, Johor, Malaysia
Tan Wee Kiong is a Malaysian professional badminton player best known for winning the silver medal in the men's doubles event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is renowned for his partnership with Goh V Shem and the two became the fourth Malaysian men's doubles pair to achieve a ranking of world number one in 2016.
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Dominic Tan
(Football player)
Dominic Tan
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Birthdate: March 12, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Singapore

Malaysian footballer Dominic Tan is best known as a defender for Sabah FC. Starting his career with Singapore Sports School, he has later played for teams such as Harimau Muda C and Police Tero. He has also represented the Malaysian U-19, U-23, and senior national teams.

Their exemplary work and outstanding talent have made them a standing example for the world over. Some of the preeminent Malaysian men who have left a lasting imprint on the world map include Jimmy Choo, Abdul Samad Bin Muhammad Said, Joel Neoh, Robert Kuok, Sazali Samad, Lee Chong Wei, Najib Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Mahathir, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and so on. To know more about the life and works of Malaysian men, read further.