Malaysia has a rich culture and media and there are a fair amount of Malaysian Celebrities out there. Here, we’ve listed some of the most famous and followed celebs from the country.
Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad
Mohamad was president of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003, an incredible 22 years! He was extremely successful and contributed to a huge amount of growth the economy of the country which has led to nearly 2 million ‘likes’ on his personal facebook. He also has a huge amount of books published and widely read throughout the world.
The most famous Malaysian Celebrity in the world of Fashion, Choo was born in Malaysia in 1961 and is now based in London. Lauded with a huge amount of awards in his time and featured in almost every big publication in the fashion industry, Jimmy is an extremely high profile Malaysian celeb who is known all around the world.
Another famous Malay from the fashion industry, Ling Tan is a well known model who has walked catwalks in London, Rome and Paris and is signed to IGM Models. She is known for being the first huge catwalk model from South East Asia and stands at a striking 5 foot 10.
Lee Chong Wei
Lee Chong Wei is an extremely successful Sportsman who has made his name in the Badminton circuit. Legend has it, his mother forbade him from playing his preferred sport Basketball due to the heat in the local courts, so he opted for an indoor sport instead. He is from Georgetown in beautiful Penang and was ranked number one in the world for an unbelievable 199 weeks, winning silver medals at two olympic games and gold at the commonwealth games.
One of the richest men in the world, Robert Kuok hails from Johor Baru and made his fortune in the Sugar and Rice industries before spreading his entrepreneurial wings into many other areas including shipping and real estate. He now lives in Hong Kong.
Another very successful Malaysian entrepreneur, Fernandes is of Portugese descent and was educated in England. He was lucky enough to work under Richard Branson before branching out into his own ventures, including launching the first budget airline in Malaysia. Nowadays he is also chairman of QPR football club in the UK and is heavily involved in Lotus Cars. Fernandes is very, very famous in the UK also and hardly keeps a low profile!
Michelle Yeoh is probably Malaysia’s most famous actress and export. She is based in Hong Kong and was once named on a list of the 50 most beautiful women in the world. The stunning actress has been in movies such as Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Kung Fu Panda 2 and many more. Another Malaysian Celeb who has spent time in London, she moved with her family when she was 15 and was training to be a dancer when a spinal injury forced her to take another path.
If you’re from the West this name might not mean very much to you at all, but Sheila Majid is absolutely huge in Malaysia and Indonesia, where she is an award winning R and B singer. Originally she is from Kuala Lumpur.