Malaysian Prime Ministers and their Academic Qualifications

1. Tunku Abdul Rahman ( MP for Kuala Muda):


He did his first elementary school first at Alor Setar that taught in Malay language in 1909. When a school was opened that taught classes in the English medium, his mother sent him there instead. He also received tuition on how to read the Quran during the afternoons.
In 1913, he started enrollment in the Debsirin School in Bangkok, where the classes were delivered in the Siamese language with the help of his brother.  In 1916, he returned as a result of his brother”s death and his mother sent him to study in the Penang Free School.
In 1918, he enrolled at St. Catharine’s College in Cambridge University with the Kedah State Scholarship and graduated with a bachelor degree in Arts in 1925.
He studied law in England at Inner Temple, obtained honours degree in law and was admitted to bar in 1949.
2. Abdul Razak Hussein ( MP for Pekan):


Of aristocratic descent, Abdul Razak studied at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He gained scholarshp to studyi in Raffles College in Singapore in 1940, but was cut short as a result of second world war.
After the war, he left for Britain in 1947 to study law. In 1950 he received a law degree and qualified as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn in London.
During his student days in England, Tun Razak was a member of the British Labour Party and a prominent student leader of the Kesatuan Melayu Great Britain (Malay Association of Great Britain). He also formed the Malayan Forum, an organisation for Malayan students to discuss their country’s political issues.
Tun Razak was the Prime Minister responsible in setting up Barisan Nasional, which is the ruling coalition of political parties that have held power in Malaysia till today, taking over from its predecessor, the Alliance.
3. Hussein Onn (MP for Johor Timur):


Tun Hussein received his early education in Telok Kurau Primary School, Singapore and at the English College Johore Bahru.
After leaving school, he joined the Johor Military Forces as a cadet in 1940 and was sent a year later to the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, India.
Upon completion of his training, he was absorbed into the Indian Army and served in the Middle East when the Second World War broke. After the war, his vast experience prompted the British to employ him as an instructor at the Malayan Police Recruiting and Training Centre in Rawalpindi.


4. Mahathir Mohamad (MP for Kubang Pasu):


Mahathir Mohamad was born on December 20, 1925, in Alor Setar, in the state of Kedah in northern Malaysia. His family was modest but stable, and his father was a respected teacher at an English language school.
With schools closed during the Japanese occupation of Malaya during World War II, he went into business, first selling coffee and later pisang goreng and other snacks.
After finishing Islamic grammar schools and graduating from the local college, Mahathir attended medical school at the University of Malaya in Singapore. He was an army physician before forming a private practice at the age of 32.
5. Abdullah Ahmad Badawi ( MP for Kepala Batas):


Badawi is a former student of Bukit Mertajam High School. He studied at MBS (Methodist Boy’s School) Penang for his 6th form. Badawi obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies from the University of Malaya in 1964.
6. Najib Razak (MP for Pekan, 1953):


He received his primary and secondary education at St. John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He later attended Malvern College in Worcestershire, England, and subsequently went to the University of Nottingham, where he received a bachelor’s degree in industrial economics in 1974.
Najib Razak returned to Malaysia in 1974 and entered the business world, serving briefly in Bank Negara (Central Bank) and later with Petronas (Malaysia’s national oil company) as a public affairs manager.

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