|Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri
|Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in 2008|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Kangsar, Perak
|Preceded by||Yong Fatimah Mohd. Razali|
|Succeeded by||Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad|
|Chairwoman of UMNO's Women's Wing|
1999 – 26 March 2009
|Preceded by||Siti Zaharah Sulaiman|
|Succeeded by||Shahrizat Abdul Jalil|
|Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry|
20 May 1987 – 18 March 2008
|Preceded by||Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah|
|Succeeded by||Muhyiddin Yassin|
4 November 1943 |
Kuala Kangsar, Perak, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Political party||UMNO – BN|
Born in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Rafidah was of Minangkabau descent from Rao, West Sumatera. She was the former Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1987 to 2008. As minister, she had been the chairman of MATRADE since 1991.
She was also the head of United Malays National Organisation's Woman Wing (Wanita UMNO in Malay) but lost in 2009 UMNO General Assembly election to Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil after seeking re-election for another term.
In 2006, she was accused of corruption related to the issuance of Approved Permits (AP) for importing foreign vehicles by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his series of criticisms against the Government of Malaysia. Mahathir had also criticised then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's handling of the Approved Permits (AP) issue, expressing his surprise that Rafidah Aziz was still retained as a Cabinet member although two people on the list of persons issued with highest number of APs were linked to Rafidah.
In March 2008, following the general election held in that month, she was dropped from cabinet, despite winning her parliamentary seat when other ministers had lost theirs. After thirty two years in government service, and twenty years as a minister, she described herself as being "blessed and content." When asked if she was saddened, she said that she wished then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had told her earlier on not to contest the election.
|1986||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||16,196||69%||Ab Aziz Ishak (PAS)||6,598||28%|
|1990||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||16,548||64%||Jamaluddin Mohd Din (S46)||8,554||33%|
|1995||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||15,393||73%||Abdul Kahlid Mohd Nasir (S46)||4,744||23%|
|1999||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||12,074||55%||Asmuni Awi (PAS)||9,300||42%|
|2004||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||12,938||64%||Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS)||6,747||33%|
|2008||Rafidah Aziz (UMNO)||10,735||52%||Khairuddin Abd Malik (PAS)||9,277||45%|
- "Transcript of Tun Mahathir's press conference". The Star. 24 October 2006.
- Asiaone: M'sia's Rafidah expresses hurt over cabinet departure
- The Star: Wanita Umno chief not one to sulk
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 14 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.