Raja Tun Mohar was born on 23 February 1922 at Kuala Kangsar. Unlike many other royal sons, he had his early education at Clifford School before attending Raffles College in Singapore. He read Economics at Cambridge, graduating in 1952, and later did a postgraduate diploma in Agricultural Economics at Oxford in 1953.
Raja Tun Mohar’s contribution to the nation is manifold. He was an exemplary civil servant who worked hard behind the scenes after Malaya’s independence in 1957 to build the country’s international stature through diplomatic missions. He was a civil servant to the last, and was made Secretary-General of the Ministry of Finance in 1971. In the 1970s, he helped initiate diplomatic relations with China during a time when no one imagined any tie with the communist nation was possible.
Raja Tun Mohar was made Special Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister in 1972, and served under three Prime Ministers – Tun Abdul Razak, Tun Hussein Onn and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. In the private sector, he was the longest serving Malaysian Airline chairman, from 1973 to 1991. His other accomplishments included:
1. signing Malaysia’s first trade deal with the Soviet Union (now Russia)
2. being mediator for the 15-month deadlock in 1975 on the production sharing agreement between Petronas and the other oil companies
He was founder (and later life-president) of the Malaysia-Japan Economic Association (MAJECA). He was also chairman of the Tourist Development Corporation (TDC), Bank Islam Malaysia, Tun Razak Foundation and PERODUA. The rest is history.
Raja Tun Mohar in his lifetime of meritorious service to the nation had been bestowed the SSM, PMN, PSM, SPCM, SSSA, JMN and SPCM. He passed away on 8 June 2003, at the age of 81.
1. Raja Tun Mohar was the 2nd cousin of DYMM Sultan Azlan Shah, the nephew of Almarhum DYMM Sultan Idris Shah and Almarhum DYAM Raja Di-Hilir Kamaralzaman. He was also the uncle of Raja Chulan Raja Dato’ Ahmad Tajuddin (editor of SembangKuala).
2. SembangKuala recommends reading Raja Tun Mohar’s biography, titled Raja Tun Mohar Raja Badiozaman, A Gracious Prince: The Pride of The Nation, which should be available at any good book stores in Malaysia.