Abdul Razak Baginda

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Abdul Razak Baginda (born 1960) is a former political analyst from Malaysia, and close associate of the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. He became prominent in 2006 when he was charged with abetting the murder of a Mongolian woman. He was acquitted on October 31, 2008 when the Malaysian High Court judge found no prima facie case against him.[1] He continued writing while in prison, where he was remanded in custody and published a book on foreign affairs that was started during his incarceration.

Early life and career[edit]

Baginda, as he is often known, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in politics and government from City Polytechnic, London in 1982. He continued to study and gained a master's degree in War Studies at King's College London in 1984. He subsequently began a D.Phil in International Relations at Trinity College, Oxford, which he successfully completed.[2]

In 1988, Baginda joined the Malaysian Armed Forces Defense College as a lecturer and eventually as the head of strategic studies. In 1993, he formed a think tank called the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, which is based in Kuala Lumpur. It is responsible for the publication of many books on topics that include international relations, and such like. They regularly organise seminars on a myriad of local and international issues. He is also known to be an advisor to Najib Tun Razak.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Mazlinda, a lawyer from Lincoln's Inn and former magistrate and they have one daughter born in 1987.[4]

After his acquittal in the murder trial of Altantuyaa, Abdul Razak headed to United Kingdom to received a degree at Oxford University.[5]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Deputy prime minister's friend acquitted in Malaysian murder trial". New York Times. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Malaysiakini". Malaysiakini. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  3. ^ Kaur, Jeswan. "PI Bala’s first statutory declaration". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  4. ^ Fung, Cecil (2008-08-13). "Archives | The Star Online". Thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ ":: BERNAMA Banking & Finance Special Page ::". Bernama.com. Retrieved 2014-03-02.