Tun Datu Mustapha


Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun or Tun Mustapha for short, was the first governor of the Malaysian state of Sabah. He was also the third Chief Minister of the state from 1967 to 1975, and was the president for the political party United Sabah National Organization (USNO). He is considered by some to be one of the founding leaders of Sabah and was an important party in the negotiations leading to the formation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963. He also succeeded in converting a significant number of non-Muslim indigenous people in Sabah into Muslim, mainly by sponsoring mass conversion drives, by way of offering certain monetary and other benefits in return. The state government recently renamed the Sabah Foundation Building to Tun Mustapha Tower, as a token of appreciation for his contributions to the state. Tun Mustapha is of a Оrang Вajau Bannaran -Kagayan and Orang Suluk/ Tausug origin. Tun Mustapha was not born in the Philippines as many had suspected. But he is a distant relative of the Sultan of Sulu. He was born in Kampung Limau-limauan, Kudat, He is Suluk-Bajau (Bajau Bannaran /Bajau Kudat and not Bajau Ubian). During World War II, he was wanted by the Japanese forces  ( Wikipedia article )


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Date of birth
Place of birth

Political career

Party From To
United Sabah National Organization
United Malays National Organisation


Date of death
Place of death
Kota Kinabalu

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