Friday, September 16, 2011


1920, September 14: Tun Fuad Stephens was born Donald Aloysius Marmaduke Stephens to Jules Stephen Pavitt who was half-Kadazan and half-British. His mother, on the other hand, was half-Japanese and half-British.[1]
Unknown: Donald Stephens held the post of High Commissioner of Malaysia in Australia for a number of years.
1961, August (age 40): Donald Stephens founded the political party United National Kadazan Organization (UNKO). Together with Tun Mustapha of United Sabah National Organization (USNO), and Tunku Abdul Rahman, the then Prime Minister of Malaya, he played a key role in negotiating the independence of Sabah and the formation of Malaysia.
1963, September 16 (age 43): Donald Stephens became the first Chief Minister of Sabah when Malaysia was formed.
1964 (age 44): Donald Stephens stepped down as Chief Minister when he was appointed the first Malaysian federal cabinet member from Sabah. His portfolio was that of Sabah affairs under the Prime Minister's department.[2] Donald Stephens was replaced by Peter Lo Sui Yin from the Sabah Chinese Association.
1971, January 5 (age 50): Donald Stephens and his entire family converted from Roman Catholicism to Islam,[3] and changed his name to "Mohammad Fuad".[4]
1973 (age 53): Tun Fuad was appointed as the governor of Sabah, known as the Yang di-Pertua Negara (the post was later known as Yang di-Pertua Negeri).[4] He held this position until 1975.
1975 (age 55): Together with Harris Salleh, Tun Fuad formed BERJAYA, a new political party.
1976 (age 56): Tun Fuad became Sabah's 5th Chief Minister, after defeating Tun Mustapha's USNO in the 1976 state election. He died 44 days later in a plane crash. Foul play was suspected immediately after the accident. However, it was later revealed that the GAF Nomad aircraft had several design faults,[5] which although the Australian government knew,[5] had continued to sell and market it overseas. The site of the plane crash in the Sembulan area in Kota Kinabalu is marked by a memorial, constructed not long after the accident.

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