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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. He played a key role in negotiating the independence of Sabah and the formation of Malaysia,  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1920-09-14
Spouse(s)
Hajah Rahimah
Profession
Politician

Political career

Party From To
Sabah People's United Front

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