The “Tun” title has been around for hundreds of years, and used to be a title bestowed to descendants of royal lineage. With the passing of time, it is currently a title awarded by the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong to the most deserving recipient who has greatly contributed to the nation. Sure, there are many famous Tuns, such as current PM Tun M, or Tun H. S. Lee, or Tun Sambanthan, but we bet you’ve probably never heard of these Tuns!
1) Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah
Born on the 16th of September 1938, Tun Dzaiddin was the 3rd Chief Justice of Malaysia from 2000-2003. He received his education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, and started off working as a journalist. Later on, he joined the Royal Malayan Police Force as an Inspector. In 2002, he received the “Tun” title.
2) Tun Zaki Tun Azmi
Also a former Chief Justice (the 6th), Tun Zaki was born on the 12th of September 1945. Prior to becoming Chief Justice, he was a practicing lawyer. A first in Malaysian judicial history, he was directly appointed as a Federal Court judge in 2007. He also received his education at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, then Anderson School in Ipoh, then at English College Johore Bahru.
3) Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar
Tun Hanif was the 4th Inspector-General of the Royal Malaysia Police, serving from 1974 to 1994. He studied at the then-University of Malaya in Singapore, before furthering his studies in Buckingham University, UK. Currently, he still serves as the chairman/deputy chairman of several companies.
4) Tun Michael Chen Wing Sum
Tun Michael was a former deputy president of MCA, and was a dedicated lawyer first. At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, he studied philosophy and education. In 1964, he established his legal practice, and reluctantly entered the political scene after that. Did you know? He attended the same law school as former PM Tun Abdul Razak Hussein! Funnily, they never met till their political days.
5) Tun Abdul Hamid bin Mohamad
Yet another Chief Justice of Malaysia (the 5th), Tun Hamid served from 2006 to 2008. In May 1969, he joined the Judicial and Legal Services, and subsequently got caught in the chaos of May 13. However, he escaped unscathed and continued to serve in the Service for 21 years. He studied law at the University of Singapore.
6) Tun Raus bin Sharif
Tun Raus was born on the 4th of February 1952, and studied at the University of Malaya and the London School of Economics. He joined the Judicial and Legal Services as a magistrate in 1976, and was appointed as President of the Court of Appeal. He is the current Chief Justice, and with so many Chief Justices on this list, we can almost come to a conclusion. To be a “Tun”, you must first be a Chief Justice. Anyone wants to test this theory?