Abdul Hamid Pawanteh

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This is a Malay name; the name Pawanteh is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Abdul Hamid.
Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Dato' Seri
Abdul Hamid Pawanteh
President of the Malaysian Senate
In office
7 July 2003 – 6 July 2009
Preceded by Michael Chen Wing Sum
Succeeded by Wong Foon Meng
5th Menteri Besar of Perlis
In office
14 August 1986 – 5 May 1995
Monarch Raja Putra of Perlis
Preceded by Ali Ahmad (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Succeeded by Md Isa Sabu (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Arau, Perlis
In office
Preceded by Syed Hassan Syed Mohamed (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Succeeded by Shahidan Kassim (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Kangar, Perlis
In office
Preceded by Md Isa Sabu (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Succeeded by Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad (UMNOBarisan Nasional)
Personal details
Born (1944-07-27) July 27, 1944 (age 70)
Penang, Malaysia
Political party United Malay National Organisation (UMNO)―Barisan Nasional

Tan Sri Dato' Seri Abdul Hamid Pawanteh (born 27 July 1944[1]) is a former Malaysian politician. He was the President of the Malaysian Senate from 2003 to 2009,[2] and was the Chief Minister of the State of Perlis from 1986 to 1995.[3]

He is married to Puan Sri Datin Seri Dato' Elham Hamid Abdullah (née Elsie Sarstedt McCarthy.

He received his higher education in Pakistan(back then it was still in India). He received government scholarship after he got good grades in local examination. While studying in Pakistan, he met his wife, Puan Sri Elham. They got married there.[citation needed]

Abdul Hamid was elected to the Malaysian House of Representatives in the 1982 election for the seat of Arau in Perlis. In 1986, he moved to the Perlis State Assembly and became the State's Menteri Besar.[1] In 1995, he was replaced as Menteri Besar by fellow UMNO member Shahidan Kassim,[4] and returned to the House of Representatives in 1999 for the seat of Kangar in Perlis.[1] In July 2003, Abdul Hamid stepped down as the MP for Kangar to be appointed as President of the Senate,[5] serving as President until 2009.[1]

Between 1995 and 1999 where he was relatively inactive in politics, he was very much immersed in building a business empire. He was actively seeking government approval to build a power plant in Perlis. Despite the fact that there was a strong demand for electricity in Perlis due to robust industrial growth in Perlis, the government does not want to help Tan Sri to acquire the necessary funding. This is so because Tan Sri refused to be involved in Perlis political scene even though the high leadership of UMNO desperately wants him back.[citation needed]

Currently, Dr. Hamid is supervising the building of a resort in Timah Tasoh. He hopes that resort would be able to cater to various types of market.[citation needed]

Abdul Hamid was born on 27 July 1944 in Penang.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Abdul Hamid Pawanteh Reappointed Dewan Negara President". Bernama. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "President". Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 2 March 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Mantan Menteri Besar". Government of Perlis. Archived from the original on 3 March 2010. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Tan, Joceline (6 January 2008). "Too many Umno ‘tigers’ on a hillock". The Star (Malaysia) (Star Publications (Malaysia)). Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Be fair, impartial and responsible, says new Senate President". Bernama. 7 July 2003.