Tunku Abdul Rahman

Malaysias First and Greatest Prime Minister

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Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorials

Parliament House

The statue of Tunku Abdul Rahman holding a copy of the constitution of the Federation of Malaya stands on the steps leading to Parliament House, Kuala Lumpur. He is the only prime minister with a statue at Parliament House. Photo by Heng Hau Yeo.


Stadium Merdeka

This stadium was commissioned by Tunku Abdul Rahman for the Declaration of Independence ceremony.

Now largely abandoned, the lobby still features four larger-than-life photo murals of Tunku and well-researched captions about the days of his eventful premiership.

Plaque reads: Merdeka Stadium; This stadium was opened by the Hon'ble The Chief Minister Yang Teramat Mulia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra on 30th August 1957; Construction commenced by Public Works Department on 23rd September 1956 and was completed on 21st August 1957; The Hon'ble Inche (sic) Sardon bin Haji Jubir, Minister for Works, Posts & Telecommunications; S.E. Jewkes, B.Sc.(Eng.), M.I.C.E., M.A.m.Soc.C.E., responsible for design & construction; R.E.Pitt, B.Sc., M.I.C.E., M.I.W.E., Minister of Works


Federal Hotel

Until 2007, there was a statue of Tunku Abdul Rahman giving his right-handed open hand salute in front of Federal Hotel. This was mysteriously removed by the city of Kuala Lumpur and disappeared forever. The management of Federal Hotel, when asked about the whereabouts of the statue, had no comment.

Tunku was present when Tan Sri Low Yat opened Federal Hotel on 28 August 27 1957, built specially to put up VIP guests for the first national day. Photo by Farah Aziz, taken in 2006, this is one of the last known images of the statue.


Proclamation of Independence Memorial

Located next to the Porta De Santiago on Jalan Parameswara in Melaka, the Proclamation of Independence Memorial was built in 1912, being the former Melaka Club clubhouse. It marks the return of Tunku from the Merdeka talks in London (his plane landed at the airport in Malacca) and the speech he gave declaring the talks a success.

The entrance to the memorial with the name and logo of the Arkib Negara Malaysia (National Archives of Malaysia) surreptitiously larger than the name of the memorial.

The bronze engraving at the entrance to the memorial with Tunku correctly gripping his keris in his left hand, standing above Malaysians of every creed. Artist unknown.

The memorial houses a collection of exhibits that document Malaysia's struggle to achieve independence, from the days of the early Malay Sultanates. Entrance is free; opening hours are 9am-6pm daily with a 3-hour break (12pm-3pm) on Fridays; closed on Mondays, Hari Raya Puasa and Hari Raya Haji.


Bangunan Tunku Abdul Rahman

Nicknamed "Wisma Bapa Malaysia", this building hosted the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly from August 1976 to May 2009. It was opened after Tunku Abdul Rahman had left office, while Hussein Onn was in power. The lobby features a white plaster bust of Tunku.



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