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List of the most popular authors from Malaysia, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Malaysian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Malaysian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

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Mahathir Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Mahathir Mohamad The Malay Dilemma, A new deal for Asia, Menelusuri pembangunan^! 1982-1990 Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad was the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia. He held the post for 22 years from 1981 to 2003, making him Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister. His political ...more

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Dulcie Gray is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Dulcie Gray The actor and his world, For richer for richer, J.B. Priestley Dulcie Gray, CBE was a British singer and actress of stage, screen and television, a mystery writer and lepidopterist.

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Sandy Gall is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Sandy Gall Afghanistan, Chasing the Dragon, Gold scoop Henderson Alexander "Sandy" Gall, CMG, CBE, is a Scottish journalist, author, and former ITN news presenter whose career as a journalist has spanned more than 50 years.

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Michael Chiang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Michael Chiang Army Daze Michael Chiang is a prolific playwright and screenwriter in Singapore. He is known as "Singapore’s most famous and successful playwright". From 1990 to 2009, Chiang was the editorial ...more

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Kee Thuan Chye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Kee Thuan Chye Kee Thuan Chye is a Malaysian actor, dramatist, poet and journalist. Acting in theatre, films, and on television for more than 30 years, he continues to do so. In 1981, Kee co-founded the ...more

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Najib Razak is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Najib Razak Globalising Malaysia, Defending Malaysia Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was sworn in to the position on 3 April 2009 to succeed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He ...more

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Rani Moorthy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Rani Moorthy Rani Moorthy is a Malaysian-born playwright, actress, and artistic director of Rasa Productions. Following the race riots of 1969 her family tried to emigrate to Singapore, but were unsuccessful ...more

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Tan Twan Eng is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Tan Twan Eng The Garden of Evening Mists, The Gift of Rain Tan Twan Eng is a Malaysian author of fiction born in Penang in 1972.

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Hussein Ye is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Hussein Ye Hussain Yee is a Malaysian national of Chinese descent and a lecturer on Islam and former Buddhist who lectures regularly in the Asia-Pacific region. His lectures on Islam are frequently aired ...more

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Tash Aw is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Tash Aw The Harmony Silk Factory, La Fabrica De Sedas, Five Star Billionaire Tash Aw, whose full name is Aw Ta-Shi is a Malaysian writer living in London.

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Abdullah Hussain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Abdullah Hussain Interlok Datuk Abdullah Hussain was a Malaysian novelist and writer. He received the Malaysian National Laureate in 1996 which makes him the 8th recipient of the award.

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Farish A. Noor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Farish A. Noor Spirit of wood, The other Malaysia, Writing on the War on Terror Dr. Farish Ahmad Noor is a Malaysian political scientist and historian and is Associate Professor at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies in the Nanyang Technological University, ...more

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Margaret Lim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Margaret Lim Margaret Lim Hui Lian is a children's book author. Her children’s books are based on recollections of her own childhood, which she spent with the native people deep in the interior of Sarawak on ...more

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John Lee is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
John Lee Will China Fail?

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Malcolm Mejin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Malcolm Mejin Zany Zombie: Beware^! It's Gruesome Ghost!, Zany Zombie: It Really Bites, Zany Zombie: I'm Losing My Head!

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Daphne Mei Lin Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Daphne Mei Lin Lee Daphne Mei Lin Lee is a writer. She is the author of One Red Flower, A is for Anklet, If I Were a Star and Sweet Pink Posies.

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A. Samad Said is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
A. Samad Said Abdul Samad bin Mohamed Said, pen name A. Samad Said is a Malaysian poet and novelist who, in May 1976, was named by Malay literature communities and many of the country's linguists as the ...more

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Fynn Jamal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Fynn Jamal

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Shih-Li Kow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Malaysia
Shih-Li Kow Shih-Li Kow is a Malaysian writer born in 1968. She holds a degree in chemical engineering, and resides in Kuala Lumpur with her son and extended family. Her book Ripples has been nominated for ...more