Famous Malaysian Political Leaders

Malaysia is one of the fastest growing economies in Asia, best known for being a cultural paradise for travellers and nationals alike. It proffers its people some of the best facilities in the form of developed infrastructure, booming economy, lip-smacking cuisine, advanced transportation facilities and so on. Most of this has been possible due to its proficiently abled leaders who have taken the country towards progress and advancement making it one of the developing countries in the world. the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic society plays a large role in the country’s politics, which is basically modelled on Westminster parliamentary system. Malaysia is run by a democratic constitutional monarchy, in which Yang di-Pertuan Agong is head of the state followed by Prime Minister who is the head of government. The current Yang di-Pertuan Agong is Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah who has been enthroned for a second time, his first being in 1970. Others include Sultan Iskandar, Raja Syed Sirajjuddin, Tuanku Jaafar, Sultan Yahya Petra and so on. Some of the prominent prime ministers of Malaysia include Najib Razak, Mahathir Mohamad, Abdul Razak Hussein and Tunku Abdul Rahman. Find out more about the Malaysian political leaders with this segment.

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 1 Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad
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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.

 2 Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim
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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.

 3 Tunku Abdul Rahman

Tunku Abdul Rahman
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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.
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 4 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
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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.

 5 Lim Guan Eng

Lim Guan Eng
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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.

 6 Abdul Razak Hussein

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

 7 Azmin Ali

Azmin Ali
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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.

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 8 Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

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

 9 Rina Harun

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

 10 Hussein Onn

Hussein Onn
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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.

 11 Nurul Izzah Anwar

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

 12 Hishammuddin Hussein

Hishammuddin Hussein
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur

 13 Khairy Jamaluddin

Khairy Jamaluddin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuwait City

 14 Yeo Bee Yin

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Segamat, Johor, Malaysia

 15 Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
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Famous As: Statesman
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).

 16 Lim Kit Siang

Lim Kit Siang
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

 17 Khaw Boon Wan

Khaw Boon Wan
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penang

 18 Tony Pua

Tony Pua
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Famous As: politician
Birthdate: August 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

 19 Hannah Yeoh

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Subang Jaya, Malaysia

 20 Goh Keng Swee

Goh Keng Swee
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Malacca
Died: May 14, 2010

 21 Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan

Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: August 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sri Menanti, Malaysia
Died: April 1, 1960

 22 Chua Soi Lek

Chua Soi Lek
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Batu Pahat

 23 Lee Bee Wah

Lee Bee Wah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Johor, Malaysia

 24 Rafidah Aziz

Rafidah Aziz
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Japanese occupation of Malaya small (now Malaysia)

 25 Zuraida Kamaruddin

Zuraida Kamaruddin
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Famous As: Minister of Housing and Local Government
Birthdate: March 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Colony of Singapore

 26 Sirajuddin of Perlis

Sirajuddin of Perlis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arau, Malaysia

 27 Onn Jaafar

Onn Jaafar
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bukit Gambir, Malaysia
Died: January 19, 1962

 28 Azalina Othman Said

Azalina Othman Said
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

 29 Tan Cheng Lock

Tan Cheng Lock
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melaka, Malaysia
Died: December 13, 1960

 30 Mastura Mohd Yazid

Mastura Mohd Yazid
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

 31 Maria Chin Abdullah

Maria Chin Abdullah
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: 1956 AD
Birthplace: United Kingdom

 32 Noraini Ahmad

Noraini Ahmad
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Famous As: Minister of Higher Education
Birthdate: November 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parit Sulong, Malaysia

 33 Ismail Abdul Rahman

Ismail Abdul Rahman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Died: August 2, 1973

 34 Teresa Kok

Teresa Kok
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Selangor, Malaysia

 35 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malacca

 36 Nancy Shukri

Nancy Shukri
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kuching, Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)

 37 Teo Nie Ching

Teo Nie Ching
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 27, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia

 38 Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 7, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: State of Singapore, Malaysia

 39 Shahrizat Abdul Jalil

Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia

 40 Christina Liew

Christina Liew
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 6, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 41 Jins Shamsuddin

Jins Shamsuddin
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Famous As: Actor, Film director
Birthdate: November 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Malaysia
Died: March 1, 2017

 42 Syed Hussein Alatas

Syed Hussein Alatas
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Famous As: Politician, Sociologist
Birthdate: September 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogor, Indonesia
Died: January 23, 2007

 43 Mohd Effendi Norwawi

Mohd Effendi Norwawi
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Singapore

 44 Halimah Mohamed Sadique

Halimah Mohamed Sadique
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Famous As: Former Member of the Dewan Rakyat
Birthdate: February 2, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)

 45 Aishah

Aishah
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Famous As: Singer, Politician
Birthdate: January 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jempol, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

 46 Siti Mariah Mahmud

Siti Mariah Mahmud
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kedah, Malaysia

 47 Ng Yen Yen

Ng Yen Yen
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Famous As: Former Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Birthdate: April 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malayan Union (now Malaysia)

 48 Burhanuddin al-Helmy

Burhanuddin al-Helmy
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Famous As: Leader
Birthdate: August 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kampung Kota Bharu, Malaysia
Died: October 25, 1969

 49 Zaleha Ismail

Zaleha Ismail
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 18, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kuala Langat District, Malaysia
Died: November 14, 2020