Year Inducted: 1993
He is often seen as the ideal administrator and leader, and these qualities were also reflected in his involvement in sports. As a student of the Kuala Kangsar Malay College, Tun Abdul Razak was an avid hockey player. It was no surprise then that he was given the honour of serving as the President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF) in 1957, a position he held for nearly two decades.
His efficiency as an administrator and leader was pivotal to his election as the President of the Federation of Malaya Olympic Committee (FMOC) in 1959. He was responsible for inviting Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore to join the Federated States in forming the Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).
At that time, Malaysia was a newly independent nation and was only slowly making itself visible in international sports. Under his capable Presidency, Malaysia started sending in delegations to the Olympic Games, and hosted the SEAP Games (now SEA Games) for the first time in 1965 – a formidable task for a nation in its infancy.
Malaysia also achieved great successes in the sport of hockey during his term as the President of MHF, including playing host to the Hockey World Cup in 1975. The icing on the cake was that the Malaysian team managed to achieve an unprecedented fourth placing in the tournament.
As the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak juggled his time and energy between making new socio-economic changes to the country, and further promoting and developing Malaysia as a force to be reckoned with in the sporting arena.