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Tunku Abdul Rahman

By | April 2011
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1.1 Introduction
According to virtualmalaysia.com (2010), Tunku Abdul Rahman has always been a revered Malaysian leader who had made immense contributions to the country. For his sacrifices in bringing Malaysia from colonialism to Independence, it is self-explanatory why Tunku Abdul Rahman is known as the Father of Independence. Tunku Abdul Rahman had become the first prime minister of the Federation Malaya from 1957 to 1963 and of Malaysia from 1963 to 1970.

Thefamouspeople.com (n.d.) stated that, Abdul Rahman was born on 8 February 1903 in Istana Pelamin, Alor Star in Kedah to the 24th Sultan of Kedah Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah and his sixth wife Cik Menjalara. He was the fourteenth son and twentieth child of his father. As a child Abdul Rahman was raised in Isatan, the Palace, which was built by a Chinese contractor and had a royal childhood with a number of servants around him. Prince Abdul was sent to a Malay Primary School Jalan Baharu in 1909 and was later moved to the Government English School in Alor Star, which eventually became known as the Sultan Abdul Hamid College. In 1911, little prince Abdul was sent to Debsirin School in Bangkok to study with his three brothers.

After that, Abdul Rahman returned to Malaya in 1915 and resumed his studies at Penang Free School. In 1918, he enrolled St. Catherine’s College in Cambridge University with the Kedah State Scholarship and graduated with a bachelor degree of Arts in law and history in 1925. At that time, Abdul Rahman drew national attention and was praised as the first student to receive a scholarship from Kedah State for studying in the United Kingdom. (thefamouspeople.com n.d.)

Furthermore, virtualmalaysia.com (2010) also stated that, Abdul Rahman leadership skills also unveiled in England. He realized that the Malay students were not represented by any organization and hence, he established the Malay Association of Great Britain (Kesatuan Melayu Great Britain) and became its first...

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