Daim Zainuddin

Daim Zainuddin

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Tun Daim bin Zainuddin (born April 29, 1938 in Alor Setar, Kedah) is a Malaysian economist, businessman, politician and a former Finance Minister of Malaysia from 1984 to 1991.

Early life

Daim bin Zainuddin is the youngest of thirteen siblings. His father was a clerk in the Kedah State Service and his mother a homemaker. Daim received his early education at the Malay Primary School in Seberang Perak, Alor Setar and then advanced to the Special Malay Class at the Sultan Abdul Hamid College, which was an English–medium school.

Being a youth of the 40’s, during a period when the British Colonial Policy encouraged Malays to attend Malay schools, when Malay parents worried about the possible influence of an English education on their children’s religious faith and cultural identity, Daim and his parents were able to transcend these limitations. In fact, his broad-minded parents enrolled all their children at English–medium schools as they did not want their children to become “better farmers and fishermen”. However, Daim was very much an absentee student. He had worked out a strategic studying method whereby he would only need to focus on subjects that he would need to pass to advance to the next class and that required little effort - English and Malay languages and Mathematics. He devoted his free time to pursuing his main interest which was sports and more sports.

Career-wise, Daim would have ended up as a teacher except that due to some miscommunication he...
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