Malaysian

Malaysia, a melting pot of diverse cultures, and a hotspot of some of Asia’s greatest attractions (think prehistoric rainforests, world’s tallest twin towers – the Petronas, and Batu Caves!), is also the home to some exceptionally successful people. That is right! It is truly amazing how this multicultural haven, oscillating between its Oriental culture and pockets of diverse other religions, race and background, has managed to carve a niche for itself in the global map. Tourism and its attractions aside, this Southeast Asian country is also the address to some popular names in the world. Don’t believe us? Bet, you did not know that the maker of world famous shoes, Jimmy Choo was a Malaysian? Or that brand ambassador of L’Oreal and Sony, the famous supermodel Amber Chia is a Malaysian? Join us as we delve into the lives of some world famous Malaysians in their biographies and trail their timeline, trivia and facts here.

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 1 Lee Chong Wei

Lee Chong Wei
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
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

Jimmy Choo
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: November 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: George Town
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 Michelle Yeoh

Michelle Yeoh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ipoh, Malaysia

The quintessential action heroine of the 1990s Hong Kong action films, Chinese-Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh gained international recognition after playing an important role in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. In 2008, she was named the greatest action heroine of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. She is the only Asian named in People's 35 All-Time Screen Beauties list.

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 4 Guy Sebastian

Guy Sebastian
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Klang

Award-winning Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter Guy Sebastian, who won the first Australian Idol, has over the years spawned several hit singles like Battle Scars and studio-albums like Just as I Am that garnered multi-platinum certification. He has collaborated with many notable American musicians, represented Australia during 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, and appeared several times as a judge on Australia's The X Factor.

 5 Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Malaysia
Birthdate: July 10, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alor Setar

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.

 6 Henry Golding

Henry Golding
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia

 7 Najib Razak

Najib Razak
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
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.
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 8 Nigel Ng

Nigel Ng
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 9 Claudia Wells

Claudia Wells
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 10 Michael Gough

Michael Gough
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27, 2011

 11 Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Malaysian Politician
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.

 12 Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tunku Abdul Rahman
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 1st Prime Minister of Malaysia
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.

 13 Vincent Tan

Vincent Tan
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Investor
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Batu Pahat, Johor, 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 Siti Nurhaliza

Siti Nurhaliza
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kampung Awah, Malaysia

 15 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
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 Lee Zii Jia

Lee Zii Jia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia

 17 Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 18 Tanita Tikaram

Tanita Tikaram
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Münster

 19 P. Ramlee

P. Ramlee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: May 29, 1973

 20 Nicol David

Nicol David
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Squash player
Birthdate: August 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Nicol David is a retired professional squash player. From 2006 to 2015, David held on to the world number one ranking for 108 consecutive months, which is a world record. She also won a record eight World Open titles. Regarded as the greatest women's squash player ever, Nicol David won a record nine Asian Squash Championships during her illustrious career.

 21 Tony Fernandes

Tony Fernandes
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

 22 Robert Kuok

Robert Kuok
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Founder and chairman, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts
Birthdate: October 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 23 Yuna

Yuna
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: November 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alor Setar, Malaysia

 24 Julia Rais

Julia Rais
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kota Bharu, Kelantan Malaysia

 25 Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: The Fourth Chief Minister of Penang and the Current Secretary-General of the Malaysian Democratic Action Party
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.

 26 Neelofa

Neelofa
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pasir Mas, Kelantan, Malaysia

 27 Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Astronaut
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.

 28 Azmin Ali

Azmin Ali
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Singapore in Malaysia

Malaysian senior minister Azmin Ali was born in Singapore, to a British Army clerk. He met his future wife while studying at the University of Minnesota. In 2019, he became a victim of a sex scandal when a viral video showed him being intimate with a man.

 29 Hussein Onn

Hussein Onn
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
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.

 30 Oksana Voevodina

Oksana Voevodina
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Astrakhan, Russia

 31 Fazura

Fazura
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia

 32 Pandelela Rinong

Pandelela Rinong
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Diver
Birthdate: March 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bau, Sarawak, Malaysia

 33 Jill Bennett

Jill Bennett
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: October 4, 1990

 34 Abdul Razak Hussein

Abdul Razak Hussein
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pekan, Malaysia
Died: January 14, 1976

 35 James Brooke

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

 36 Rina Harun

Rina Harun
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tanjung Karang, Selangor, Malaysia

 37 Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Colony of Singapore

 38 Iman Afzan

Iman Afzan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: November 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 39 Lawrence Wong

Lawrence Wong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia

 40 Amelia Thripura Henderson

Amelia Thripura Henderson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klang, Selangor, Malaysia

 41 Nurul Izzah Anwar

Nurul Izzah Anwar
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 42 Vijay Eswaran

Vijay Eswaran
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Penang

 43 Namewee

Namewee
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Hip-hop artist
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muar, Johor, Malaysia

 44 Azizulhasni Awang

Azizulhasni Awang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cyclist
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

 45 Janna Nick

Janna Nick
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sungai Petani, Malaysia

 46 Vivy Yusof

Vivy Yusof
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 47 Francisca James

Francisca James
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 14, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

 48 Goh Liu Ying

Goh Liu Ying
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: May 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Malacca, Malaysia

 49 Shila Amzah

Shila Amzah
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 50 Carol Chu

Carol Chu
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: April 6, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia