Biography of three leaders: 1 Malaysian, 1 non Caucasian and 1 Caucasian
Tunku Abdul Rahman
Tunku Abdul Rahman was born in a royal family in Kedah on the 8th of February 1903. Tunku studied at the St. Catherine's College, Cambridge University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in law and history in 1925. A direct experience with racial discrimination with the college's management was said to have intensified his passion in fighting for equality and ignited his aspiration in making his native soil an independent state, free from British colonialism. Tunku Abdul Rahman is the founding father of the independent Malaysia. Also known as Bapa Kemerdekaan, Tunku Abdul Rahman became the first prime minister of the country after Sarawak and Sabah merged to form Malaysia in 1963. His leadership flair unfolded in England when he established the Kesatuan Melayu Great Britain and became its secretary. When he returned from England, Tunku was elected as the chairman of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). Among the significant events led by Tunku was the alliance of UMNO and the Malayan Chinese Association (MCA) in 1952 and the Malayan Indian Congress (MIC) who joined the Alliance in 1955. Tunku Abdul Rahman took a step ahead and led a delegation from the Alliance to London for negotiations with the British Government on the future establishment of the Federation. On the 31st August 1957, Malaya gained independence and Tunku Abdul Rahman became the first prime minister. Tunku Abdul Rahman was an extroversion and conscientiousness person. Tunku was comfortable with meeting and talking to everyone and brought all the races together to gain independence. Tunku was also sociable and self confident as he did establish the Kesatuan Melayu Great Britain and was the president of UMNO. Tunku was a responsible and dependable man. Tunku knew many people were hoping to break away from the grip of the British ruling and thirsted for independence. He focused on the goal of attaining independence and worked in a purposeful way to achieve it. In my opinion, Tunku Abdul Rahman followed the selling style on the Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory. He provided his followers and the people who believed in him a direction such as the direction in getting independence but he did not make the decisions all on his own. He fought to restore democracy to this land till his last breath. Tunku Abdul Rahman was also a people’s leader. He was definitely an ethical leader as he didn’t cheat or create war and hurt people. He gained independence using the right way which is communication and there was no violence involved. Everyone loved him for his down to earth character and being the true character to one Malaysia. He was a man of all people.
Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)
Mata Amritanandamayi is one of the most respected and loved spiritual leaders in India and all over the world. Amritanandamayi Devi was born Sudhamani on 27th September 1953, in the small fishing village of Parayakadavu, Kerala, India. When Amma was born, she didn’t come into this world crying instead she had a smile and serene glow on her face. At the age of 5, Amma would spend much of her time singing devotional prayers and engrossed in deep meditation when other children her age would engage themselves in playing. Amma was also deeply attached to her fellow human beings. When she sees the suffering of others, she was affected and goes out of the way to alleviate their pain. He parents disliked her generosity and munificent nature and scolded her often for sharing food with the people of untouchable class and giving away the belongings of the household. At the age of 14, Amma began to instinctively embrace people to comfort them in their sorrow. It was not acceptable for a young girl to even touch others, especially men. However, despite the unpleasant reactions by her parents, Amma continued. Regarding her embracing of others, Amma has said, “I don’t see if it is a...
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