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1997 in Malaysia

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1997 in Malaysia
Decades:  1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
See also:  Other events of 1997 Timeline of Malaysian history

1997 in Malaysia is the 40th anniversary of Malaysia's independence.


Federal level

  • Yang di-Pertuan Agong: Tuanku Jaafar
  • Raja Permaisuri Agong: Tuanku Najihah
  • Prime Minister: Dato' Sri Dr Mahathir Mohammad
  • Deputy Prime Minister: Dato' Sri Anwar Ibrahim
  • State level

  • Sultan of Johor: Sultan Iskandar
  • Sultan of Kedah: Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah
  • Sultan of Kelantan: Sultan Ismail Petra
  • Raja of Perlis: Tuanku Syed Putra
  • Sultan of Perak: Sultan Azlan Shah
  • Sultan of Pahang: Sultan Ahmad Shah
  • Sultan of Selangor: Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (Deputy Yang di-Pertuan Agong)
  • Sultan of Terengganu: Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah
  • Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan: Tengku Naquiddin (Regent)
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang: Tun Dr Hamdan Sheikh Tahir
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Malacca: Tun Syed Ahmad Al-Haj bin Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sarawak: Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce Mohammed Noor
  • Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah: Tun Sakaran Dandai
  • January

  • 1 January – Petronas Twin Towers (452 metres) become the world's tallest buildings.
  • 1 January – Visit Terengganu Year 1997 officially began.
  • 1 January – Compulsory self-service at petrol stations in Klang Valley comes into operations for the first time.
  • 3 January – Proton Putra, Malaysia's first coupé car is launched.
  • 10 January – Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) is established.
  • February

  • 3 February – The opening of Aborigines Museum in Ayer Keroh, Malacca.
  • March

  • 2 March – The Chairman of DRB Hicom Group, Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad and his wife Puan Sri Rohana Othman were killed in a helicopter crash in Kuala Lipis, Pahang.
  • 18 March – The Touch 'n Go Electronic Payment System (EPS) is launched.
  • April

  • 3 April – Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (UPM) change its name to Universiti Putra Malaysia
  • May

  • 23 May – M. Magendran (11.55 am) and N. Mohanadas (12.10 pm) were the first Malaysians who reached the peak of Mount Everest.
  • May – Dato' Sri Anwar Ibrahim was appointed Acting Prime Minister until August.
  • May – Official launching of Cyberjaya by the prime minister Mahathir Mohammad.
  • June

  • 14 June – A Bell 206L-4 helicopter broke up and crashed at the Bandar Sri Damansara light industrial area, Selangor killing three on board the aircraft and two on the ground.
  • 16 June - 5 July – The FIFA World Youth Championship is held in Malaysia. Argentina wins World Youth Championship after beating Uruguay, 1-2 in the final at Shah Alam Stadium.
  • July

  • July – Sunway Pyramid, Subang Jaya's new attracttions is officially opened.
  • 13 July – Official opening of the Exchange Square, the new headquarters of the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE).
  • 21 July – Economic crisis in Malaysia. The Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (KLSE) Composite Index fell below 200 points.
  • August

  • 3 August – A haze occurs in Kuching, Sarawak. A state of emergency is imposed.
  • 31 August – The flag of Malaysia is renamed Jalur Gemilang.
  • September

  • September – Genting Skyway, the longest cable car in South East Asia is opened.
  • October

  • 6 October – The Malaysian Exchange of Securities Dealing & Automated Quotation (MESDAQ) is launched.
  • 28 October – The Seventh Non-Aligned Summit Meeting G15 is held in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Main theme

    Akhlak Mulia Masyarakat Jaya


  • 11-13 April – 1997 Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix
  • 1997 Men's Hockey World Cup Qualifier in Kuala Lumpur
  • 16 June - 5 July – FIFA World Youth Championship, Malaysia 1997
  • Births

  • 24 October - Farhanna Qismina – actress
  • Ahmad Ezzrin Loy
  • Badrul Amin Rusalan
  • Fimie Don
  • Mohd Syamer Kutty Bin Abba
  • Mohd Yusri Bin Mohd Farizat
  • Muhamad Rizalul Azuwan Bin Supandri
  • Muhammad Danial Amier Bin Norhisham
  • Muhammad Danial Asyraf Bin Abdullah
  • Muhammad Danish Haziq Bin Saipul Hisham
  • Muhammad Jafri Muhammad Firdaus Chew
  • Muhammad Nazirul Afif Bin Ibrahim
  • Nik Azli Bin Nik Alias
  • Thipanraj a/l Subramaniam
  • Deaths

  • Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad — Chairman of DRB Hicom Group
  • Omar Rojik – veteran actors and directors
  • Datuk Seri Mohd Zin Abdul Ghani — Melaka chief minister
  • Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Kalong Ningkan — The first Sarawak chief minister
  • References

    1997 in Malaysia Wikipedia