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Abdul Rahman, Tunku (1902–1990), prime minister of Malaysia, was born in Alor Setar, Kedah (a Malay state then under British ‘protection’), on 8 February 1902, the seventh son of Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, sultan of Kedah (fl. 1882–1943), and his Thai wife, ...

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Aung San (1915–1947), politician in Burma, was born on 13 February 1915 at Natmauk, a small town in the Magwe district of central Burma, the youngest of nine children of U Pha, lawyer, and his wife, Daw Su. A sickly child but a gifted student, he was educated as a novice in a Buddhist monastic school and then at a high school to which he won a government scholarship. He was already interested in politics and adept at public speaking when he went to ...

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Aung San (1915–1947) by unknown photographer © Popperfoto

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Ba Maw (1893–1977), chief minister of Burma and wartime head of the Burmese administration, was born on 8 February 1893 at Maubin in the Irrawaddy Delta, Lower Burma, then a province of British India, the son of Maung Maung Kye, an official in the court of the last Burmese king, and his wife, ...

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Baker, Shirley Waldemar (1836–1903), missionary and prime minister of Tonga, was born in Camden Town, London. He was the son of George Baker and his wife, Jane Woolmer, daughter of a Methodist minister, who married ‘below her station’. He grew up in drab circumstances and in 1852 stowed away to ...

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Hussein Onn, Tun (1922–1990), prime minister of Malaysia, was born in Johor Bahru, Johor (then under British protection), on 12 February 1922, the eldest son of Dato Onn bin Jaafar (1895–1962), politician, and his wife, Halimah binte Hussein. He received his early education in ...

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Lim Yew Hock (1914–1984), chief minister of Singapore, was born in Singapore on 15 October 1914, the eldest of four children of Lim Teck Locke (1893/4–1931). Educated in English at Pearl's Hill School and Outram School, Singapore, he was awarded a four-year scholarship to ...

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Lini, Walter Hadye (1942–1999), chief minister of the New Hebrides and prime minister of Vanuatu, was born at Agatoa village on the island of Pentecost, New Hebrides, and came from a line of chiefs on both his father's and mother's sides. His parents were Anglicans and his father was known for his skill as a carpenter and for the importance he placed on educating his children. ...

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Walter Hadye Lini (1942–1999) by unknown photographer, 1986 © Photoshot

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Mamaloni, Solomon Suna'one (1943–2000), chief minister and prime minister of the Solomon Islands, was born in January 1943 at Rumahui village in the Arosi district of Makira Island, Solomon Islands, the son of Jaash Stephanus (Jackson) Suna'one. He was educated at the Anglican school in ...