|Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Datuk Dr. Haji
|5th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang|
1 May 1981 – 1 May 1989
|Preceded by||Sardon Jubir|
|Succeeded by||Hamdan Sheikh Tahir|
|Died||23 October 1998|
He was educated by Sekolah Bukit Zahrah in Johor Bahru and continues his secondary at English College Johore Bahru. Awang began attendance at the King Edward VII College of Medicine (now the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine of the National University of Singapore) in the 1930s. He worked as a specialist in Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore before opening his own clinic.
Awang started politics and made Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat and Member of Parliament for Muar. He was the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia after which he became the 5th Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Penang, Malaysia from 1981 to 1989 attending the UN. Awang and his brother-in-law founded the United Malays National Organisation.
Several projects and institutions were named after him, including:
- Jalan Tun Dr Awang, a major highway in Penang which connects from Sungai Nibong to Bayan Lepas
- Taman Tun Dr Awang, a townships in Butterworth, Penang
Honours of Penang
- As 5th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang (1 May 1981 – 1 May 1989)
- Grand Master of the Order of the Defender of State
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