Born in the Limau-Limauan Village of Kudat on 31 July 1918, Tun Mustapha was one of Sabah's most illustrious and prominent political figures. He became the Yang DiPertua of Sabah (the Head of State of Sabah) after the state joined Malaysia on 16 September 1963. Being a charismatic leader, World War II freedom fighter and the man who led Sabah into the union of Malaysia, he managed to secure Sabah's independence from the British.
Tun Datu Mustapha became the Federal Minister in charge of Sabah's Affairs and Public Defence in 1966, and was the third Chief Minster of Sabah from 1967 to 1975. Having made significant contributions to Sabah's political development, Tun Datu Mustapha passed away on 2 January 1995 at the age of 76 and was laid to rest at the Islamic Cemetery in the Ulu Putatan Village.
NOTE : Awarded an Honorary Doctorate (UMS)
The late Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun was awarded an honorary Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Social Development in conjunction with the Eighth Convocation of Universiti Malaysia Sabah held on 2-3 September 2006.
The honorary degree was presented by Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Ahmadshah Abdullah, the Yang DiPertua of Sabah, to Datuk Datu Amir Kahar, the eldest son of the late Tun Datu Mustapha, accompanied by his wife Datin Aminah Ambrose and sister Dayang Maimunah.
Tun Ahmadshah said the award was given to the late Tun Datu Mustapha in view of his significant contributions and reputation in helping Sabah secure independence from colonial rule, and in enabling the state to keep pace with the development attained in other parts of Malaysia.
p/s : Sama dengan tarikh konvokesyen saya, juga dari UMS...