Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj was born at the Istana Tiga Tingkat in Alor Setar, Kedah on 8 Feb 1903. He was the 7th child of Sultan Abdul Hamid, the 25th ruler of the Kedah Sultanate.
Tunku left for England at the age of 17 on a Kedah Government Scholarship to continue his studies, whereby he returned to Kedah in 1926 with a bachelor's degree in law and history from the Cambridge University.
Four months later, Tunku was sent to continue his law studies at the Inner Temple. In view of the increasing number of Malay students, he got together with the others and formed The Malay Association of Great Britain and was elected secretary of the association. Due to lack of concentration, after 5 years he failed in his studies and returned to Malaya.
Tunku chose to join the Civil Service as a cadet in the Legal Advisor Office in Alor Setar and then as Assistant District Officer and District Officer in several areas in Kedah.
Tunku was determined to finish his studies, hence in 1947, he went back to England and this time he successfully completed his studies at the Inns of Court.
As a leader, among historic events guided by Tunku include the political alliance of UMNO and MCA in 1952 and MIC in 1955. Tunku also declared an amnesty for communist terrorists who surrendered.
Efforts in freeing the country from being ruled further by the British were finally accomplished, with Malaya achieving its independence on the historic day of 31 Aug 1957.
Tunku relinquished his position as the first Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1970 to his deputy, Tun Abdul Razak after the racial riot outbreak on 13 May 1969.
The late Tunku Abdul Rahman passed away in 1990 at the age of 87 years old.
2003 marked the 100 years of the birth of this important figure in the history of Malaysia. In conjunction with this, Pos Malaysia issued a set of 4 sets to commemorate this event.
Date of Issue : 3 Mar 2003
Postmark : Kuala Lumpur
Denomination : 30 sen, 50 sen and 2 x RM1.00
Stamp Size : 30mm x 40mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography
A LIL' NOTE
Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, located in Alor Setar, is a museum commemorating the life and contribution of Tunku Abdul Rahman. It occupies a colonial-era bungalow, originally the residence of the bank manager of Standard Chartered Bank.
The building was subsequently taken over by the Kedah State Government, which then passed it to the State Museum Department.
It is open to the public; free admission.
Address : Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman, No. 1 Jalan Menteri, 05350 Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia.
Phone : +604-730 3771