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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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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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Khwaja Nazimuddin (1894–1964) by James Burke, 1951 Getty Images

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Nazimuddin, Khwaja (1894–1964), chief minister of Bengal and governor-general and prime minister of Pakistan, was born on 19 July 1894 in Dacca, Bengal, the son of Khwaja Nazimuddin, landowner, and his wife, Nawabzadi Bilkis Banu. His maternal grandfather was Khwaja Ahsanullah, nawab of Dacca...

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Tajuddin Ahmed (1925–1975), prime minister of Bangladesh, was born in 1925 in the village of Dardaria in the upazila (sub-district) of Kapasia in the Gazipur district of Bengal. Little is known of his parents or early life. Often described as ‘leftist’ or ‘progressive’, he was identified as a member of the ‘liberal’ segment of the ...