Suhailah Mohamed Noah
سهيلة محمد نوح
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia
In role
15 January 1976 – 16 July 1981
MonarchsYahya Petra
Ahmad Shah
Prime MinisterHussein Onn
Preceded byRahah Noah
Succeeded bySiti Hasmah Mohamad Ali
Spouse of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In role
13 August 1973 – 15 January 1976
Prime MinisterAbdul Razak Hussein
DeputyHussein Onn
Preceded byNorashikin Mohd Seth
Succeeded bySiti Hasmah Mohamad Ali
Personal details
Born(1930-10-26)26 October 1930
Muar, Johor, Unfederated Malay States, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died4 October 2014(2014-10-04) (aged 83)
Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Resting placeMakam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur
(m. 1948; died 1990)
Children6 (including Hishamuddin Hussein)
Parent(s)Mohamed Noah Omar (father)
Maimun Abdul Manaf (mother)
RelativesRahah Noah (sister)

Tun Suhailah binti Mohamed Noah (Jawi: سهيلة بنت محمد نوح; 26 October 1930 – 4 October 2014) was the widow of the 3rd Malaysian Prime Minister Hussein Onn and the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia from 15 January 1976, until 16 July 1981. She was the mother of Hishammuddin Hussein, who is the former Minister of Defence.[1]


Suhailah Noah was born on 26 October 1930 in Muar, Johor.[1] Her father, Mohamed Noah Omar, was the first Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat (1959–1964).[1] Suhailah's sister, Rahah Noah, is the widow of second Prime Minister Abdul Razak Hussein.[1]

Suhailah married Hussein Onn in 1948.[1] They had six children, including their fourth child, Hishammuddin Hussein.[1] Their eldest daughter, Datin Roquaiya Hanim (born 1950), died from breast cancer in 2006.[1]

Hussein Onn served as Prime Minister from 1976 to 1981, making Suhailah the Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Her husband died on 29 May 1990.[1]

Suhailah was awarded the title of "Tun" by the Federal Government of Malaysia in 1990.[1]


Suhaila Noah died on 4 October 2014, at 12:30 a.m. in Damansara Specialist Hospital in Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, at the age of 83 (she was preceded in death by her daughter, Datin Rogayah Hanim, whom she outlived by eight years and also her husband Tun Hussein Onn who predeceased her by 24 years).[1] Her funeral and burial was held at the Makam Pahlawan (Heroes Mausoleum) in Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.[1] She was buried near the grave of her husband, Hussein Onn (inside dome) and the grave of her father, Mohamed Noah Omar.[1] Prior to her death, she resided as well as spending her old age in Bukit Tunku, Kuala Lumpur, which was her family's residence in the Greater Kuala Lumpur area.[1]


Honours of Malaysia

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tun Suhailah, widow of 3rd PM Tun Hussein Onn, dies at 82". The Malaysian Insider. 4 October 2014. Archived from the original on 23 October 2014. Retrieved 22 October 2014.