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Tun Daim Zainuddin

Quiet Inspiration

BY ELAINE W. NG

Portrait of Tun Daim Zainuddin. Courtesy Tun Daim Zainuddin.


Tun Daim Zainuddin is known as an economics whiz. Bankers, tycoons, politicians and the press recognize him as the mastermind who extracted Malaysia from economic turmoil in the 1980s and again in the 1990s. But few people know about his zeal for art.

When I arrived at Tun Daim's Ilham Tower, an elegant 275-meter-tall high-rise designed by Norman Foster in the heart of Kuala Lumpur's commercial district, the building that houses his public art gallery, I…

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