History of Tun Hussein Bin Dato' Onn
Tun Hussein bin Dato’ Onn(1922 – 1990)
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) takes its name from a Malaysian statesman who was also the thirdPrime Minister of Malaysia, leading the country from 1976 to 1981. He was the eldest son of Dato’ Onn bin Jaafarand Datin Halimah binti Hussein and was born in Johor Bahru, Johor on February 12, 1922. Tun Hussein receivedhis early education in Singapore and later at the English College (Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar) in Johor Bahru. Afterleaving school, he joined the Johor Military Forces (Angkatan Tentera Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor) as a cadet in1940 and was sent a year later to the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun, India, a famous military academy inthe British empire at that time .Upon completion of his training and was commissioned in 1942, he started his military career and was absorbedinto the Indian Army (Regimen Hyderabad) in India. He had served in the Middle East including Egypt, Syria,Palestine and Iraq and was promoted to the rank of Captain. With deep spirit of heroism, he was also responsibleto set Malaya free from Japan colonisation with the help of the Indian and British Armies. After the Second WorldWar, his vast experience prompted the British to employ him as an instructor at the Malayan Police Recruiting andTraining Centre in Rawalpindi, India. In 1945, Tun Hussein returned to Malaya and was appointed commandant of the Johor Bahru Police Depot. Thefollowing year, his military excellence continued when he joined the Malay Administrative Service and wasappointed Assistant District Officer in Segamat, Johor. He was later posted to the state of Selangor, to serve asthe District Officer of Klang and Kuala Selangor. However, he resigned from the civil service to go into politics. Hewas appointed as the first Youth Chief of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) in 1949 and a yearlater, he was elected the UMNO Secretary-General. In addition, he also served as a member of the FederalLegislative Council and the State of Johor Legislative Council. However, when his father left UMNO in 1951forming the Independent Malaya Party (IMP), he also took the same move and joined him. With IMP losingmomentum, he went to pursue his law studies at Lincoln’s Inn, London, qualifying as a Barrister-at-Law and whenhe came back, he served as a certified lawyer and practiced at Skrine Firm and Company in Kuala Lumpur. Tun Hussein returned to politics with success after success when he rejoined UMNO. He stood, contested and wonthe Parliamentary constituency of Johor Bahru Timur in the general elections in 1969. On September 22, 1970 hewas appointed as the Education Minister. He was full of new ideas and among them was, making it compulsory forstudents to pass Bahasa Malaysia in the public examinations in order to create the identity of the nation and tobuild unity among the communities. He also introduced the quota system for the entrance to public universitiesand initiated the foundation of Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. His meteoric rise continued when he succeeded thelate Tun Dr. Ismail as the Deputy Prime Minister on August 13, 1973 and later he was appointed as Prime Ministerof Malaysia on January 15, 1976.
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