TUN HUSSEIN ONN – Post-retirement

After his retirement as Prime Minister he continued to contribute to welfare organisations. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Tun Hussein Onn Eye Hospital. He was also an advisor to Petronas the country’s ooil company and Chairman of Institute of strategic and International Studies (ISIS).

During the 1987 UMNO leadership crisis, Tun Hussein fell out with Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, supporting Team B along with Tunku Abdul Rahman. Tun Hussein along with Tunku, henceforth, became a strident critic of the Mahathir administration and died without having rejoined UMNO.

He died in the 29 May 1990 in Seaton Medical Center, San Francisco, at the age of 68. He had two sons and four daughters. He is buried in Makam Pahlawan (Heroes Mausoleum) near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.

Tun Hussein Onn was looked upon as being very sincere in his struggle for racial unity and had a reputation of being fir against anyone the tried to create racial unrest in the country and it was due to this, that he was known as “Father of Unity”.

Hussein’s son, Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Bin Tun Hussein, became the Home Minister of Malaysia on April 10, 2009.

On the 17 September 2005, Hussein Onn’s eldest daughter Datin Roqiyah Hanim, died at the age of 56 from breast cancer in Kuala Lumpur.


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