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Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah 1926 - 2001 Sultan of Selangor and 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Sudirman Arshad Sudirman Arshad 1954 - 1992 Singer and songwriter
Mona Fandey Mona Fandey 1956 - 2001 Pop singer and witchcraft practitioner
Haji Hassan bin Munas Haji Hassan bin Munas 1853 - 1915 Leader of the Kelantan rebellion
Zaleha Ismail Zaleha Ismail 1936 - 2020 Minister of National Unity
Nguyen Cao Ky Nguyen Cao Ky 1930 - 2011 Prime Minister
Michael Gough Michael Gough 1916 - 2011 Actor
Teuku Zakaria Teuku Zakaria 1929 - 1973 Malay entertainment icon
Halim Perdanakusuma Halim Perdanakusuma 1922 - 1947 Deputy Army chief-of-staff
Adam Mahamed Ismail Adam Mahamed Ismail 1990 - 2019 Celebrity chef and TV host
Khoo Kay Kim Khoo Kay Kim 1937 - 2019 Historian, academic
Punch Gunalan Punch Gunalan 1944 - 2012 Badminton player, coach and administrator
Ibrahim Al-Masyhur Ibni Ibrahim Al-Masyhur Ibni 1873 - 1959 Sultan of Johor
Shuba Jay Shuba Jay 1976 - 2014 Actress, businesswoman
Tan Cheng Lock Tan Cheng Lock 1883 - 1960 Founder and president of the Malayan Chinese
Asri Muda Asri Muda 1923 - 1992 President of PAS and Menteri Besar of Kelantan
Onn Jaafar Onn Jaafar 1895 - 1962 Menteri Besar of Johor and President of UMNO
Ismail Abdul Rahman Ismail Abdul Rahman 1915 - 1973 Second Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Tun Perak Tun Perak 1400 - 1498 Chief minister of Malacca Sultanate
Fatmawati Fatmawati 1923 - 1980 Sewing the first flag of Indonesia
Tunku Abdul Rahman Tunku Abdul Rahman 1903 - 1990 First Prime Minister of Malaysia
Sultan Idris ibn Raja Iskandar Sultan Idris ibn Raja Iskandar 1849 - 1916 Sultan of Perak
Jins Shamsuddin Jins Shamsuddin 1935 - 2017 Film actor, director, politician, writer
Tan Aik Mong Tan Aik Mong 1950 - 2020 Badminton player
Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah 1760 - 1819
Ashraf Sinclair Ashraf Sinclair 1979 - 2020 Actor and television host
Sabiamad Abdul Ahad Sabiamad Abdul Ahad 1956 - 2021 Sport shooter
Hussein Onn Hussein Onn 1922 - 1990 Prime Minister of Malaysia
Azyumardi Azra Azyumardi Azra 1955 - 2022 Public intellectual and Muslim scholar
Raja Ali Haji Raja Ali Haji 1808 - 1872 historian, poet, scholar, and ulama
Malaysia Vasudevan Malaysia Vasudevan 1944 - 2011 Playback singer and actor in Tamil cinema
SM Nasimuddin SM Amin SM Nasimuddin SM Amin 1955 - 2008 Founder of Naza Group
Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan Abdul Rahman of Negeri Sembilan 1895 - 1960 First Paramount Ruler of the Federation of Malaya
Burhanuddin al-Helmy Burhanuddin al-Helmy 1911 - 1969 President of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Phraya Manopakorn Nititada Phraya Manopakorn Nititada 1884 - 1948 Prime Minister
Rosli Dhobi Rosli Dhobi 1932 - 1950 Teacher and activist
Yasmin Ahmad Yasmin Ahmad 1958 - 2009 Film director, writer and scriptwriter
Tuanku Sir Syed Harun Putra ibni Almarhum Tuanku Sir Syed Harun Putra ibni Almarhum 1920 - 2000 Raja of Perlis and Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Jill Bennett Jill Bennett 1931 - 1990 Actress
Abdul Razak Hussein Abdul Razak Hussein 1922 - 1976 Prime Minister of Malaysia
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  • 1. Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah

    Died: 2001 A.D
    Slogan: The people are the source of my strength

    Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah was the eldest son of Sultan Hisamuddin Alam Shah Al-Haj and Tengku Ampuan Jemaah. He received his early education at the Pengkalan Batu Malay School in Klang and the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He then studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London for two years. He served with the Civil Service Department as a Trainee Officer with the Selangor Survey Department and later as an Inspector of Schools. He also attended a short-term course at the Malay Military Troop in Port Dickson and was commissioned with the Queen Commission in the rank of captain. He was later promoted to the rank of major. He was appointed as the Tengku Laksamana of Selangor in 1946 and as the Raja Muda (Crown Prince) of Selangor in 1950. He became the Sultan of Selangor on 3 September 1960 after the death of his father. He was known for his modernization efforts in Selangor, such as improving the infrastructure, education, health, and agriculture sectors. He also signed the cession of Kuala Lumpur from Selangor to the Federal Government to form a Federal Territory on 1 February 1974. He was elected as the 11th Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia on 26 April 1999 and served until his death on 21 November 2001. He died of a heart attack at the Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and was buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Klang. He was succeeded by his son, Sharafuddin, as the Sultan of Selangor and by Sirajuddin, the Sultan of Perlis, as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He was known for his humility, generosity, and compassion. He was also an avid sportsman and patron of various sports associations. He was awarded numerous honours and titles, both locally and internationally, for his contributions and services.

  • 2. Mahsuri binti Pandak Mayah

    Died: 1819 A.D
    Slogan: My blood is white, my heart is pure

    Mahsuri was the daughter of a Siamese couple who moved from their native Phuket Province to the island of Langkawi in search of a better life. She was the most beautiful woman in all of Langkawi and married the warrior Wan Darus. As was required of him, her husband had to go to war on behalf of Kedah against Thailand, leaving Mahsuri behind to fend for herself. It was during this time that Mahsuri befriended a young traveler named Deramang. The village chief's wife Wan Mahora was jealous of Mahsuri's beauty. She spread a rumour that Mahsuri was unfaithful and was having an affair with Deramang in the absence of Wan Darus. Eventually, the rumours grew strong enough that the villagers openly accused her of adultery. Mahsuri pleaded her innocence, but no one believed her. Mahsuri was to be tied to a tree and stabbed to death but it didn't work. After every execution attempt failed, Mahsuri told them to kill her with her family's 'keris'. When she was stabbed, white blood flowed from the wound, signifying her innocence. Some birds flew above her to cover her body. With her dying breath, Mahsuri cursed Langkawi to have seven generations of bad luck. The kingdom was soon raided by the Siamese armada. The villagers at Padang Mat Sirat burned their paddy fields rather than let them fall into the hands of the Siamese. Mahsuri's family later returned to Siam (later known as Thailand). Many Langkawi locals believe the legend to be true, citing the decades of failed crops that followed Mahsuri's death. Langkawi was also attacked by Thailand numerous times, the last invasion taking place in 1821. The field which was torched by the farmers is still known as Beras Terbakar or "burnt rice". It is only at the end of the 20th century after the seven generations have supposedly come to pass, that Langkawi began to prosper as a tourist destination. Mahsuri's descendants continue to live in Phuket, Thailand, and have on occasion returned to Langkawi to visit her tomb. Among them was Sirintra Yayee, real Malay name: Wan Aishah Wan Nawawi, who came into the spotlight during her visit to Kedah in 2000.

  • 3. Ibrahim Al-Masyhur Ibni

    Died: 1959 A.D
    Slogan: The welfare of my people is my main concern

    Ibrahim of Johor was the 22nd Sultan of Johor and the 2nd Sultan of modern Johor. He was born on 17 September 1873 at Istana Bidadari in Singapore, the eldest son of Sultan Abu Bakar and Enche' Besar Zubaidah. He was educated at a boarding school in England and travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. He succeeded his father as Sultan of Johor in 1895 and ruled until his death in 1959. He was known as one of the richest men in the world during his reign, with an estimated wealth of $1.5 billion in 1937. He owned several properties in London, Paris, Cairo, and Singapore, as well as a fleet of luxury cars and a private railway. He was also a patron of the arts and culture, and commissioned the construction of the Johor State Mosque, the Istana Besar, and the Istana Bukit Serene. He established the Johor Military Force, the first Malay army in the Malay Peninsula, and was awarded the rank of Major General by the British. He was also involved in the politics of Malaya and Singapore, and was a staunch supporter of Malay nationalism and independence. He was married four times and had 11 children, including Sultan Ismail, who succeeded him as Sultan of Johor. He died of a heart attack on 8 May 1959 at the Dorchester Hotel in London, and was buried at the Makam Mahmoodiah in Johor Bahru. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential and respected rulers in the history of Johor and Malaya.

  • 4. Kazi Zainul Abedin

    Died: 1962 A.D
    Slogan: The people are the source of all power

    Kazi Zainul Abedin was a Pakistani poet and scholar of Pashto and Persian. He was born on 8 December 1892 in Parbhani, a city in the northwest of British India (present-day Pakistan). He received his early education at Islamia College Peshawar and then graduated from Edwardes College Peshawar. He did his master's degree in Persian from the University of Peshawar and later obtained a PhD in Persian literature from the same university. He started his career as a lecturer in Persian at the University of Peshawar and then became a professor and head of the department of Pashto. He also served as the dean of the faculty of arts and humanities at the same university. He retired from the university service in 1990. Kazi Zainul Abedin was a prolific writer and a prominent figure in the Pashto literary movement. He wrote more than 40 books on various subjects, such as poetry, criticism, history, culture, linguistics, lexicography, and translation. He was also a poet and a critic of Pashto literature. He wrote poetry in both Pashto and Persian languages and was influenced by the classical and modern poets of both traditions. He was a member of the Progressive Writers' Movement and a follower of Marxism. He was also a political activist and a nationalist who advocated for the rights of the Pashtun people and opposed the military dictatorship in Pakistan. He was jailed several times for his political views and activities. He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the nation's second highest civilian award, in 2009. He died on 23 May 1962 in Mirpurkhas. He was buried in his native city with full political and literary honors. He is regarded as a national hero and a legend in Pashto literature.

  • 5. Khoo Kay Kim

    Died: 2019 A.D
    Slogan: History is not about facts, but about interpretation.

    Khoo Kay Kim was a Malaysian historian and academic of Chinese descent. He was honoured with Emeritus Professor title by the University of Malaya in 2001. In January 2011, Khoo was appointed Chancellor of KDU University College. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad described Khoo’s passing as a truly great loss to the country. Khoo Kay Kim was born to Peranakan Chinese parents in Kampar, Perak, Malaysia on 28 March 1937. During his early education, he attend the English school in the morning before the Chinese school later in the afternoon. He received a BA, MA, and a PhD in 1959, 1967, and 1974 respectively from the University of Malaya. His doctoral thesis was entitled The Beginnings of Political Extremism in Malaya 1915-1935 (1974), where he was supervised by Kennedy G. Tregonning, the Raffles Professor of History at the University of Malaya. Khoo was one of the co-authors of Rukunegara. He was a highly regarded national academic for his views on local sports and socio-political issues. Khoo had served at the Universiti Malaya’s history department for over 50 years and had taught many prominent Malaysians. He published his autobiography in 2017 titled “I, KKK - The Autobiography of a Historian” where he talks about his earliest memories growing up in pre-independence Malaya. The book was dedicated to Malaysians, particularly the youth, for them to have insights about the country. Khoo died of lung failure on 28 May 2019, Tuesday morning at the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Petaling Jaya, Selangor at the age of 82. The family, in a short message confirming his death, said: “It is with the deepest sadness that we inform of the passing of our much-loved husband and father. He passed, as he had always lived, with the greatest dignity.” Khoo leaves behind wife, Puan Sri Rathi Khoo and three children, Eddin, Rubin and Mavin. His remains were taken to the Nirvana Memorial Park in Sungai Besi, where it will be until the funeral at 10am on Saturday. Memorial service will be held from Thursday until Saturday. Following news of his death, messages of tribute and condolence flooded social media. Many described his passing as a huge loss to the country that would be greatly felt. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) Prof Datuk Dr Teo Kok Seong said Khoo had always put Malaysian nationalism above anything else, despite sometimes drawing criticism from the Chinese community. “It made him unpopular among the Chinese but he always spoke the truth based on history, looked at things from a Malaysian perspective,” he told theSun. Khoo was honoured with several awards and accolades for his contributions to the nation. He received the Companion of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (JSM) in 1983, the Knight Commander of the Order of the Perak State Crown (DPMP) in 1987, the Commander of the Order of Loyalty to the Crown of Malaysia (PSM) in 2008, the Knight Commander of the Order of the Crown of Selangor (DPMS) in 2009, the 10th "Tokoh Akademik Negara" of the National Academic Awards (AAN) in 2017, and the Merdeka Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement in 2018. In July 2019, the Selangor state government with the consent of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decreed to renamed Jalan Semangat in Petaling Jaya as Jalan Prof. Khoo Kay Kim in honouring the Khoo's contributions during his life.

  • 6. Abdul Razak Hussein

    Died: 1976 A.D
    Slogan: The destiny of the people is in their own hands.

    Abdul Razak Hussein was a Malaysian lawyer and politician who served as the second Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1970 to 1976. He is known as the Father of Development and the creator of Barisan Nasional, the ruling coalition of political parties in Malaysia. He also launched the Malaysian New Economic Policy (MNEP) to reduce poverty and increase the participation of Malays in the economy. He was also instrumental in drafting the Razak Report that reformed the education system in Malaysia. He was born in Pekan, Pahang, to a prominent Malay family. He studied law in the United Kingdom and joined the civil service in 1950. He entered politics in 1955 and was a key figure in gaining Malaysia's independence from Britain in 1957. He held various ministerial posts, including education, defence, finance, and foreign affairs. He became the deputy prime minister in 1957 and succeeded Tunku Abdul Rahman as the prime minister in 1970. He was also the president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the dominant party in the coalition. He died of leukemia in London in 1976 and was buried at the Makam Pahlawan near the Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur. He was married to Rahah Noah and had five sons, one of whom, Najib Razak, became the sixth prime minister of Malaysia in 2009.

  • 7. Hussein Onn

    Died: 1990 A.D
    Slogan: The most important thing for us is to live together in peace and harmony

    Hussein Onn was a Malaysian politician who served as the third Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1976 to 1981. He was the son of Onn Jaafar, the founder of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia. He was also the father of Hishammuddin Hussein, a former Minister of Defence and Foreign Affairs. Hussein Onn joined the Indian Army during World War II and fought in the Middle East. After the war, he returned to Malaysia and joined the Malaya Civil Service as an assistant administrative officer. He later studied law at Lincoln's Inn in London and became a barrister in 1960. He rejoined UMNO in 1968 and was elected to Parliament in 1969. He held various ministerial positions, such as Education, Trade and Industry, and Finance. He became the Deputy Prime Minister in 1973, under Abdul Razak Hussein, his cousin and the second Prime Minister of Malaysia. He succeeded Abdul Razak as the Prime Minister in 1976, after the latter's death. He led a multiracial coalition government that faced challenges such as racial tensions, communist insurgency, and economic downturn. He also opposed the influx of Vietnamese refugees to Malaysia and advocated for a greater role of Malaysia in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He also initiated the formation of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1983. He resigned as the Prime Minister in 1981 due to health problems and appointed Mahathir Mohamad, his deputy, as his successor. He remained active in politics until 1987, when he left UMNO and became an independent. He died in 1990 in California, U.S., due to heart disease. He was buried at Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur. Hussein Onn was widely respected as a principled and moderate leader who promoted unity among the various communities in Malaysia. He was known as "Bapa Perpaduan" (Father of Unity) and was conferred the title of "Tun" by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the highest honour in Malaysia.

  • 8. Jill Bennett

    Died: 1990 A.D
    Slogan: I can't do that, it's too important to me.

    Jill Bennett was a British actress who was known for her roles in films, television, and theatre. She was born in Penang, Malaysia, to British parents who owned a rubber plantation. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and made her stage debut in 1947. She joined the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in 1949 and appeared in several plays by William Shakespeare and other classical writers. She also starred in modern plays by John Osborne, Harold Pinter, and Alan Bennett, among others. She was considered a versatile actress who could portray emotional vulnerability and elegant comedy. She made her film debut in 1950 and appeared in many British films, such as Lust for Life, The Nanny, The Charge of the Light Brigade, For Your Eyes Only, and The Sheltering Sky. She also wrote and starred in the sitcom Poor Little Rich Girls in 1984. She was married twice, first to screenwriter Willis Hall and then to playwright John Osborne. Her marriage to Osborne was turbulent and ended in a bitter divorce. She suffered from depression and committed suicide by taking an overdose of pills in 1990. She was 58 years old.

  • 9. Tunku Abdul Rahman

    Died: 1990 A.D
    Slogan: We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us.

    Tunku Abdul Rahman was a Malaysian statesman and lawyer who served as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia and the head of government of its predecessor states from 1955 to 1970. He was the first chief minister of the Federation of Malaya from 1955 to 1957. He was the son of Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, the 26th ruler of the Kedah Sultanate. He studied law and history at Cambridge University and was called to the bar from the Inner Temple in 1928. He returned to Malaya and held various posts in the civil service. He became the ruler of Negri Sembilan in 1933 after the death of his father. He joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1946 and became its president in 1951. He formed an alliance with the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) and the Malayan Indian Congress (MIC) to contest the 1955 general election, which his coalition won by a landslide. He became the chief minister and home minister of Malaya and led the negotiations for Malayan independence from the British. He declared Malaya's independence on 31 August 1957 and became the first prime minister of the newly independent country. He also served as the foreign minister and the secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. He was instrumental in the formation of Malaysia, a federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and Sabah, in 1963. He faced many political challenges, such as the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation, the Singaporean secession, the Brunei revolt, and the racial riots of 1969. He resigned as prime minister in 1970 and was succeeded by his deputy, Abdul Razak Hussein. He remained active in politics and sports until his death in 1990. He is widely regarded as Malaysia's "founding father" and is hailed for his pivotal leadership role in the formation of Malaysia. He was also an avid sportsman who supported many sporting events and initiated the Pestabola Merdeka (Independence Football Festival) in 1957. He was married four times and had seven children. He died of a lung infection at the age of 87 and was buried at the Kedah Royal Mausoleum.

  • 10. Sudirman Arshad

    Died: 1992 A.D
    Slogan: I am a singer, not a politician.

    Sudirman Arshad was a Malaysian singer and songwriter who rose to fame after winning the Bintang RTM singing competition in 1976. He was also a trained lawyer, a composer, a writer, a cartoonist, a businessman and an actor. He was known as the "Singing Lawyer", the "People's Singer", the "Patriotic Singer" and the "Elvis Presley and Claude François of Malaysia" in his native country. He was awarded the title of "1989 Asia's No. 1 Performer" at the Asian Popular Music Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He was also the first Malaysian singer to perform at the Sydney Opera House. He was widely admired for his humble and generous personality, as well as his devotion to Islam. He adopted and raised an Indian boy from a poor family and actively sought charity work through the Singers, Musicians and Composers Association of Malaysia (PAPITA). He died at the age of 37 from pneumonia, which was a complication of his tuberculosis. He was buried with full military honors at the Chengal Muslim Cemetery in Temerloh, Pahang. His legacy lives on through his popular songs and his patriotic spirit, which inspired many Malaysians during his lifetime and after his death.

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