Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah Biography
Birthday: April 13, 1937 (Aries)
Born In: Kota Bharu
Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is a major Malaysian politician who has served in several prominent positions in the Malaysian Government. He was the Minister of Finance from 1976 to 1984, and the Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1984 to 1987. Born as the son of the last appointed Menteri Besar of Kelantan, he had a privileged upbringing and after receiving his primary education in his homeland he moved to Ireland for his higher education. Upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Queen's University of Belfast he went to London for further studies. However, the death of his father back home forced him to return immediately without completing his education. Now faced with increased responsibilities, he started managing the family business. Eventually he ventured into politics. As an economics graduate, he helped the Prime Ministers in implementing several initiatives aimed at strengthening the economy of the country. Over the next few years he proved his mettle as a capable politician with in-depth knowledge of the working of economies and was appointed the country’s Minister of Finance. In this position he played a key role in implementing major reforms and policies in the Malaysian economy and thus earned the name of the 'Father of Malaysia's Economy'