Tun Fuad Stephens Politician

Tun Mohammad Fuad Stephens, previously known as, Donald Stephens, was the first Chief Minister of the state of Sabah in Malaysia. He played a fundamental role in bringing the state of Sabah into the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. He held the chief minister post until 1964, and again in 1976. During his second term as Chief Minister he died in a controversial accident on 6 June 1976, in Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah. He was a passenger in an Australian made Nomad aircraft which crashed and killed everyone on board. His body was laid to rest at the State Mausoleum near the Sabah State Mosque, Kota Kinabalu. He was also the first Huguan Siou or Paramount Leader of the Kadazandusun community. Donald Aloysius Marmaduke Stephens was born on 14 September 1920. His father, Jules Stephen Pavitt, was half Kadazan and half British, while his mother was half Japanese and half British. For a number of years Donald Stephens held the post of High Commissioner of Malaysia in Australia. Tun Fuad Stephens founded the political party United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO) in August 1961.

Personal details

Date of birth
September 14th, 1920
Date of death
June 6th, 1976 at age of 55



Political engagements

Sabah People's United Front

Wikipedia article

BERJAYA was a political party based in the eastern state of Sabah in Malaysia. BERJAYA stands for Parti Bersatu Rakyat Jelata Sabah or Sabah People's United Front. The party was a result of a cooperation between Sabah's first Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens and former United Sabah National Organisation secretary-general Harris Salleh. The party has been a partner of Barisan Nasional, Malaysia's ruling coalition, since its inception on 15 July 1975. BERJAYA governed the state of Sabah for 8 years from 1976 to 1985. Tun Fuad Stephens was previously the president of United Pasok Momogun Kadazan Organisation. That party was originally called United National Kadazan Organisation before it was renamed UPKO on 16 September 1963, in conjunction with Sabah's independence and Malaysia Day. When BERJAYA won the 1976 state election, Tun Fuad was installed as Sabah's fifth Chief Minister, his second time holding the post. He replaced Mohammad Said bin Keruak of USNO. However, barely 44 days after becoming Chief Minister, Tun Fuad died in a plane crash in Kota Kinabalu on 6 June 1976. The incident became known as the Double Six Tragedy.


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