Anifah Aman

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Anifah Haji Aman
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
Assumed office
10 April 2009
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
Preceded by Rais Yatim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kimanis, Sabah
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Personal details
Born (1953-11-16) 16 November 1953 (age 60)
Keningau, British North Borneo
(now Keningau, Sabah, Malaysia)
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad
Children 3
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Dato' Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman (born 16 November 1953) is the current Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which is part of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and a Member of Parliament representing Kimanis in Sabah. He is also formerly Malaysian Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.

Anifah's appointment as Foreign Minister came as a surprise to many. He is widely perceived as a rebel. After winning re-election in the 2008 general election, the then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed him as the new Deputy Transport Minister. However, Anifah refused, saying he felt it was "time to make way" for someone else. Reports indicated this was the first time anyone had refused an appointment as Deputy Minister after the appointment had already been made public.[1]

A day later, the New Straits Times reported that Anifah and another proposed Deputy Minister, Datuk Seri Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, had "thrown a tantrum ... claiming they are 'senior enough' to be made full ministers." Abdullah reportedly told them that he had "picked the best people", leading to their resignation.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Anifah is married to Siti Rubiah Datuk Abdul Samad and has three sons. Anifah is also the brother of current Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Aman.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kimanis, Sabah[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Others Votes Pct
2004 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 9,655 66% Awang Tengah Awang Amin (PKR) 4,547 31%
2008 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 10,242 59% Ismail Bongsu (PKR) 1,615 9% Jaafar Ismail (Ind)
Benjamin Basinta (Ind)
2013 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 13,754 Jaafar Ismail (PKR) 8031 Jamil William Core (SAPP)
Lusin Balangon (STAR)


  1. ^ "Anifah Aman springs surprise, declines deputy minister's post". New Straits Times. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Two 'seniors' upset over positions". New Straits Times. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout, including votes for third parties.