Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
|Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri
Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
|Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs|
16 May 2013
|Preceded by||Hishammuddin Hussein|
|Malaysian Minister for Defence|
10 April 2009 – 16 May 2013
|Preceded by||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Succeeded by||Hishammuddin Hussein|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Bagan Datoh, Perak|
|Political party||United Malays National Organisation – BN|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament|
Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (born January 4, 1953 in Bagan Datoh) is a Malaysian politician and is currently the Minister of Home Affairs in the Barisan Nasional coalition government of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bagan Datoh constituency in Perak. Before this, he was the Defence Minister of Malaysia. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Early in his political career, Zahid was a Senator and chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional before becoming the head of UMNO's youth wing. In 1998, Zahid spoke out against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, calling for an end to cronyism and nepotism in the Malaysian government. Zahid, seen as an ally of deposed Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, was subsequently arrested and held in prison under the Internal Security Act. However, in 1999, Zahid was welcomed back into the UMNO fold, stating that Anwar had put him up to raising allegations of cronyism and nepotism and alleging that Anwar had used his position as Finance Minister to direct business opportunities to Zahid.
After the 2004 election, Zahid became a Deputy Minister in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. While a Deputy Minister, Zahid studied for and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
After the 2008 election, Zahid became a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. He was appointed as Minister for Defence in April 2009. Recently, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was appointed as the Minister of Home Affairs replacing Hishamuddin Hussein. Hishamuddin took Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's previous position as the Ministry of Defense.
Ahmad Zahid is the eldest son, of 9 siblings. In 2013, Ahmad Zahid revealed to the Indonesian media that he isJavanese descent; both of his paternal grandparents were natives of Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta, while his maternal grandfather came from Ponorogo in East Java and married his Malaysian Malay grandmother. On 1 October 2011, his mother died because of a stroke and heart complication at her hometown Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh. She was hospitalised at the Hospital Angkatan Tentera, Tunku Mizan, Kuala Lumpur.
Before venturing into politics, Ahmad Zahid was a banker for OCBC. He was also one of the directors of Bank Simpanan Nasional (1995-1998) and also Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). He was also a Marketing Executive for Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad, Executive Director for Scandinavian Motors Sdn Bhd, Chief Executive Officer of Kretam Holding Berhad, Chairman of Tekala Corporation Berhad, Chairman of Seng Hup Berhad and Pengerusi Ramatex Berhad. In 1999 he became the Chairman of Syarikat Perumahan Negara (SPNB).
In 2007, Ahmad Zahid led a group of bikers for a tour of Malaysian and Indonesia to promote Malaysian tourism.
Involvement in politics
In 1995, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi became a Member of Parliament after winning the Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat in Perak in the general elections. He was elected UMNO Youth Chief in 1996. During the 53th[clarification needed] UMNO General Assembly in 1997, Zahid spoke out against Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, calling for an end to cronyism and nepotism in the Malaysian government.In response, Mahathir publicized the names of those Malay/Bumiputeras who had received shares and high positions in government-linked corporations (GLCs).
In 1999, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was reelected Member of Parliament for Bagan Datoh in Perak in the general elections. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council the following year. After he won the seat for a 3rd time in the 2004 general elections, Zahid was appointed Deputy Tourism Minister by former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. While a Deputy Minister, he pursued a doctorate degree from (UPM).
In the political tsunami of 2008, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi again retained his Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat at a time when many (BN) party heavyweights were trounced. He was then appointed a full Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. In the Cabinet reshuffle of April 2009, Zahid was appointed Defence Minister by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
He was once the chief of UMNO youth Bagan Datok branch, he was also the Vice Chief for the state of Perak UMNO youth, Head of the UMNO Communication for UMNO youth, and UMNO youth leader. Ahmad Zahid has also served as the Political Secretary of Najib Razak during the latter tenure in the Sport and Youth Ministry and also the Ministry of Defence . He is also one of UMNO's High Committee Members. He was once appointed as a senator in the Upper House of the Malaysian parliament.
He able to retain his parliamentary seat of Bagan Datoh in the 2013 election, although with a decreased majority. On 15 May 2013, it was announced that Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be taking the helm as the new Home Minister swapped with Hishamuddin Hussein.
Shortly after the Black 505 rallies following the 13th Malaysian General Election due to claims of electoral fraud and vote manipulation, he has reportedly said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country's political system should leave the country. This statement has raised discontentment among the citizens, putting a serious question mark over his political future in a multi-racial society. This statement was made after series of street demonstrations lead by opposition parties that has refused to accept the results of the 13th Malaysian General election. His first act as Home Minister was to order a crack down against opposition leaders and dissent, landing him in a bigger controversy with sedition laws being used to attempt to suppress the voices of opposition parties.
|1995||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,646||80%||Asha'ri Marsom (S46)||2,816||13%|
|1999||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||12,938||58%||Mohamad Dahalan Arhsad (PKR)||8,321||38%|
|2004||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,049||75%||Ayyathurai Achutharaman (PKR)||4,510||20%|
|2008||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||13,115||54%||Madzi Hasan (PKR)||10,423||43%|
|2013||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,176||53%||Madhi Hasan (PKR)||15,068||47%|
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