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1981 in Malaysia

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1981 in Malaysia

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See also:  Other events of 1981 Timeline of Malaysian history

1981 in Malaysia
24 years of the nationhood


Federal level

  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong: Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • Raja Permaisuri Agong: Tengku Ampuan Afzan
  • Prime Minister:
  • Tun Hussein Onn (until 16 July)
  • Dato' Sri Dr Mahathir Mohammad (from 17 July)
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Dato' Musa Hitam
  • State level

  • Sultan of Johor:
  • Sultan Ismail (until 10 May)
  • Sultan Iskandar (from 11 May) (Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  • Sultan of Kedah: Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah
  • Sultan of Kelantan: Sultan Ismail Petra
  • Raja of Perlis: Tuanku Syed Putra
  • Sultan of Perak: Sultan Idris Shah II
  • Sultan of Pahang: Tengku Abdulah (Regent)
  • Sultan of Selangor: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah
  • Sultan of Terengganu: Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah
  • Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan: Tuanku Jaafar
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang:
  • Tun Sardon Jubir (until May)
  • Tun Dr Awang Hassan (from May)
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Malacca: Tun Syed Zahiruddin bin Syed Hassan
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sarawak:
  • Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin (until February)
  • Tun Abdul Rahman Ya'kub (from February)
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah: Tun Mohd Adnan Robert
  • Events

  • 20 April – The Amanah Saham Nasional scheme is launched.
  • 10 May – Sultan Ismail Al-Khalidi of Johor died at the age of 86. He was buried at the Mahmoodiah Royal Mausoleum in Johor Bahru. His son, Tengku Mahmood Iskandar was proclaimed as the 24th Sultan of Johor and 4th in the modern Sultan of Johor.
  • 3 June – Soldier, Kanang anak Langkau was awarded the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang for his bravery and sacrifice for fighting against communist terrorist during Insurgency.
  • June – The new Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad building at Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur is officially opened.
  • 16 July – Tun Hussein Onn resigns as prime minister due to ill health.
  • 17 July – Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad officially became the fourth Malaysian prime minister.
  • 18 July – Tun Musa Hitam was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia.
  • 23 July – Work Minister S. Samy Vellu announced that the Penang Bridge, Penang would be constructed using the cable-stayed concrete girder of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge instead of the steel-tied arch in the style of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • 9 August – Chinese Premier, Zhao Ziyang visited Malaysia and meets the Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohammad.
  • 17 September – The new Rajang Area Security Command (RASCOM) headquarters is officially opened in Sibu, Sarawak.
  • 11 October – A Malay rubber tapper who named Jaafar Patola killed six people and wounded 25 others in Parit Setan, a village near Benut, Johor before being shot dead by police.
  • Main theme

    Berdisiplin Berharmoni


  • Anita and Aniza — First Malaysian siamese twins
  • Shahrol Yuzy — Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix rider
  • Nicholas Teo — Malaysian Chinese singer
  • Wong Pei Tty — Malaysian woman badminton player (doubles)
  • Mawi — Malaysian singer
  • Indra Putra Mahayuddin — Malaysian footballer
  • Akmal Rizal Ahmad Rakhli — Malaysian footballer
  • Deaths

  • Sultan Ismail of Johor
  • Temenggong Jugah Anak Barieng — first Sarawak minister in federal cabinet
  • References

    1981 in Malaysia Wikipedia