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Famous People From Malaysia

Updated June 14, 2019 14.4k views999 items

List of famous people from Malaysia, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Malaysia, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Malaysia you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Malaysia, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples of people on this list: Mohd Nazrulerwan Makmor, Thane Bettany and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Malaysia?" or "Which celebrities were born in Malaysia?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Yau-Man Chan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceEast Malaysia, Malaysia

    Yau-Man Chan (born August 26, 1952) is a Malaysian-American table tennis player, technology... more on Wikipedia

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  • Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Michael Gough

    Dec. at 95 (1916-2011)

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Francis Michael Gough ( GOF; 23 November 1916 – 17 March 2011) was an English character actor... more on Wikipedia
  • Joe Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. While... more on Wikipedia
  • Tsai Ming-liang is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceKuching, Malaysia

    Tsai Ming-liang (Chinese: 蔡明亮; pinyin: Cài Míngliàng; born 27 October 1957) is a Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia
  • Mohammad Shukri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Mohammad Shukri

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceMalaysia, Kelantan, Asia, Southeast Asia

    Shukri Rahim is a Malaysian cricket player.
  • Yuna is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Yuna

    Age: 33

    BirthplaceAlor Setar, Malaysia

    Yunalis binti Mat Zara'ai (born 14 November 1986), known professionally as Yuna, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Bernard Chandran is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplacePetaling Jaya, Malaysia

    Dato' Bernard Chandran is a Malaysian fashion designer. His talents have earned him many... more on Wikipedia
  • Jaclyn Victor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceSelangor, Malaysia

    Jaclyn Joshua Thanaraj Victor (Tamil: ஜக்லின் விக்டொர்; born 4 December 1978), better known by... more on Wikipedia
  • Hannah Tan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Hannah Tan

    Age: 38

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Hannah Tan (born October 25, 1981 in Penang), also known as Hannah T or Hannah Sarah Tan, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Steph Song is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Steph Song

    Age: 36

    BirthplaceKuching, Malaysia

    Steph Song (Chinese: 宋琇萱) is a Malaysian actress of Chinese heritage, raised in Saskatoon,... more on Wikipedia
  • Mahathir Mohamad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceAlor Setar, Malaysia

    Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad (Jawi: محاضر بن محمد‎; IPA: [maˈhaðɪr bɪn moˈhamad]; born 10 July... more on Wikipedia

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  • Tony Underwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceIpoh, Malaysia

    Tony Underwood (born 17 February 1969 in Ipoh, Malaysia) is a former English rugby union... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrea Fonseka is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Andrea Veronica Fonseka is a Malaysian model, television presenter, actress and beauty pageant... more on Wikipedia
  • Ashley Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Ashley Jackson (born 1940) is an English landscape watercolourist. Raised in Barnsley, South... more on Wikipedia
  • Wee Chong Jin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Wee Chong Jin

    Dec. at 88 (1917-2005)

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Wee Chong Jin (28 September 1915 – 5 June 2005) was a Singaporean judge and the first Chief... more on Wikipedia
  • Goh Keng Swee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Goh Keng Swee

    Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

    BirthplaceMalacca, Malaysia

    Goh Keng Swee Robert, DUT (First Class), (6 October 1918 – 14 May 2010) was the second Deputy... more on Wikipedia
  • Vyvyane Loh is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Malaysia
    Vyvyane Loh (Chinese: Loh Hui-Shien) is a Malaysian-American novelist, choreographer, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Bonny Hicks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Bonny Hicks

    Dec. at 29 (1968-1997)

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Bonny Susan Hicks (5 January 1968 – 19 December 1997) was a Singapore Eurasian model and... more on Wikipedia
  • Khoo Kheng-Hor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplacePenang, Malaysia

    Khoo Kheng-Hor (Chinese: 邱庆河; pinyin: Qiū Qìnghé; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Khu Khèng-hô; born 2 March 1956)... more on Wikipedia
  • Jenny Eclair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Jenny Eclair (born Jenny Clare Hargreaves; 16 March 1960) is an English comedian, novelist and... more on Wikipedia
  • Nick Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceKuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Nick Newman (born 17 July 1958) is a satirical British cartoonist and comedy scriptwriter.
  • Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceMalaysia

    Waytha Moorthy Ponnusamy sometimes spelt Waythamoorthy (Tamil: வேதமூர்த்தி பொன்னுசாமி,... more on Wikipedia
  • Jill Bennett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    Jill Bennett

    Dec. at 59 (1931-1990)

    BirthplaceMalaysia, Penang, Asia, Southeast Asia

    Nora Noel Jill Bennett (24 December 1931 – 4 October 1990) was an English actress, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • Abdul Rahman Ya'kub is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceBintulu, Malaysia

    Tun Datuk Patinggi Haji Abdul Rahman bin Ya'kub (3 January 1928 – 9 January 2015) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • Aishah Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Malaysia

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Aishah Jennifer Mohamed Sinclair (born October 27, 1980 in Wimbledon, London, England) is an... more on Wikipedia
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