Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah

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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
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Member of Parliament
for Gua Musang, Kelantan
Incumbent
Assumed office
1974
Founding chairman & Chief Executive PETRONAS
In office
1972–1974
Minister of Finance
In office
1976–1984
Prime Minister Hussein Onn
Preceded by Tun Hussein Onn
Succeeded by Tun Daim Zainuddin
Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
1984–1987
Preceded by Tengku Ahmad Rithaudden bin Tengku Ismail
Succeeded by Dato' Seri Rafidah Aziz
Personal details
Born (1937-04-13) 13 April 1937 (age 77)
Kota Bharu, Kelantan
Political party UMNOBN (1962–1988; 1996–present)

S46 (1989–1996)

Spouse(s) Cik Puan Nur Abdullah
Residence Kuala Lumpur
Alma mater Queen's University Belfast
Occupation Member of Parliament
Religion Islam
Website tengkurazaleighhamzah.com

Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh bin Tengku Mohd Hamzah (born 1937) is a Malaysian elder statesman and a major political figure from the state of Kelantan. He was dubbed as the 'Father of Malaysia's Economy' for his pivotal role in establishing and implementing the key foundations and policies in Malaysia's economy. [1] [2] [3] [4] Being a man of principle with political wisdom and personal integrity, he is known to be a 'Gentleman Politician'. [5] [6]

He is an uncle of the current Raja Perempuan (queen) of Kelantan. Tengku is a Malay hereditary title usually translated as prince. He is fondly known as Ku Li, derived from the last syllables of Tengku Razaleigh: this is a common kind of contraction in the dialect of Kelantan.

He was the Minister of Finance (1976–1984), Minister of International Trade and Industry (1984–1987), the former chairman of the World Bank and IMF, former chairman of Asian Development Bank, former chairman of Islamic Development Bank and the Founding chairman and Chief Executive of Malaysian oil company, PETRONAS.

He is now the longest serving member of parliament in Malaysia followed by Tan Abdul Taib Mahmud, current Governor of Sarawak.[7]

Razaleigh is energetic, humorous and chatty. Both allies and opponents say he is very generous and does not hold grudges. Nicknames include "The People's Prince" and "Ku Kita" (Our Tengku). Tengku Razaleigh continues to be involved in politics until today and has been serving his constituency since 1969 without ever losing in a General Election, one of the few politicians who can boast of this privilege.


Early life and education[edit]

Razaleigh was born in Kota Bharu to Tengku Seri Maharaja Kelantan, Tengku Muhammad Hamzah Ibni Almarhum Raja Muda Long Zainal Abidin Ibni Sultan Muhammad III, who was the Menteri Besar of Kelantan. Razaleigh attended Sultan Ismail College before moving on to the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). However, he could not bear life in a boarding school, and transferred to Anderson School in Ipoh, Perak. He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Queen's University of Belfast in 1959 and later continued his studies at Lincoln's Inn. However, upon his father's death, he was forced to return, and never continued his studies.[8]

Razaleigh took over the family business, and then joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major Malay political party.[8]

Involvement in Malaysia's Economic Development[edit]

Starting from the mid-1960s, with the support of the then Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak, several initiatives launched to increase and expand Malaysia's economic growth. Several of these initiatives were led by Razaleigh. These initiatives were major corporate takeovers of foreign congomelerates and major industries which was previously owned by foreign shareholders respectively.

Due to his excellent drive and contribution to the country's economy, and his strong economics and finance background, he was entrusted to manage the country's finance and was made the Finance Minister in 1976, Chairman of Asian Development Bank in 1976, Islamic Development Bank in 1978, IBRD (World Bank) and IMF in 1977.

New Straits Times Press[edit]

The New Straits Times Press (initially News Straits Times Press Sdn Bhd) was formed by the directors of the Directors of the Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Berhad, to acquire a majority shareholding in the company which produced the largest mass-circulation organ in the territories of East and West Malaysia.

The Malaysia operations of the Straits Times, the Sunday Times, the Malay Mail, the Sunday Mail, Berita Harian and Berita Minggu were transferred to this new company. An agreement was reached in 1972 between the directors of the Straits Times group and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah for the disposal of 80 per cent of the stock of the News Straits Times Press (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. for the Malaysian interest.[9]

Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad[edit]

In 4 June 1965, "Kongres Ekonomi Bumiputra" (Bumiputra Economic Congress), sponsored by the Ministry of National and Rural Development, were held in Kuala Lumpur for 3 days to generate an interest among Malays and other local indigenous groups to participate in commerce and industry. Seven working committees were to formed to achieve these objectives.[10]

Tun Abdul Razak, the then Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that the Government had agreed to form a local Bank ("Bank Bumiputra") as recommended by the Economic Congress based on a major of the 69 resolutions achieved in the meeting.[11] The Bank, with its initial capital to be provided by the Malaysian Government, would be established. The Bank's ownership would ultimately be sold to the public through shares. On 15 July 1965, Tun Abdul Razak announced the Government agreed to provide RM5 million as the initial capital for Bank Bumiputra.[12] In an event presenting certificate to 80 students at "Taman Latehan Wanita", Lornie Road, Tun Abdul Razak reiterated that the main aim of the bank was to assist rural businessman in the form of loans irrespective of religion.[13]

Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad was formally launched by Tun Abdul Razak on 1 October 1965 with authorised capital of RM25 million, instead of RM5 million announced earlier.[14] The senior management was headed by Mohd Raslan bin Dato' Abdullah (managing director), former Accountant General of Government and Tengku Razaleigh (Executive Director). The other board members are S.O.K. Ubaidulla (President of United Chamber of Commerce), L.E Osman (a lawyer), K. Mushir Ariff (an incorporated valuer), Wan Yahya bin Haji Mohamad (a businessman from Terengganu), K.D. Eu (a company director, and Kuok Hock Nian (a company director). The general manager of the Bank was Wong Aun Pui, a prominence local banker with 20 years of experience and director of many rubber and palm oil companies.[15]

Perbadanan Nasional Berhad (PERNAS)[edit]

PERNAS (Perbadanan Nasional Berhad or National Corporation) was set up in November 1969 as a wholly owned government company to carry out the resolutions at the Second Bumiputera Economic Congress. Among the major shareholders included were Malaysia's Ministry of Finance, Bank Negara Malaysia (The Central Bank of Malaysia) and Bank Bumiputera Malaysia Berhad. Pernas was put under a solid footing under the chairmanship of Razaleigh (1970–1974) who had been the Minister of Finance from 1976 to 1984.[16]

With the background of poor and very low participation of Bumiputeras in the private sector and industries at that time, PERNAS' principle were to:

  • to enter undertakings which would bring high economic returns,
  • when enter into joint ventures, PERNAS was to be the majority stockholder with controlling interest over operations,
  • Bumiputeras were to be employed at all levels of operations and undertakings.[17]

8 subsidiaries were set up under PERNAS to achieve its objective. Malaysia National Insurance Berhad (MNI) was established in April 1970. There followed during 1971 Pernas Construction Sdn. Bhd., Pernas Engineering Sdn. Bhd., and Pernas Securities Sdn. Bhd. Then came Pernas Mining Sdn. Bhd (1973) and Pernas Edar Sdn Bhd (1974).

Razaleigh was in the thick of what became known as the Haw Par imbroglio of the mid-1970s, working with the Singapore-based Haw Par Brothers International Ltd, then an offshoot of the empire of British wheeler-dealer Jim Slater, to acquire control of London Tin Company, the British-controlled tin conglomerate, and the Sime Darby plantations conglomerate.[18] This was to be achieved through a complex series of transactions by which PERNAS would end up as the largest shareholder of both. It failed when Singapore accused Haw Par of financial irregularities and later jailed a senior executive and the head, Donald Watson, fled to Ireland.

But it proved a short-lived setback for Razaleigh. Within two years, a share and proxy battle orchestrated by merchant bank Rothschild – which was also a part owner of Bumiputera Merchant Bankers – brought Sime Darby under Malaysian control and its headquarters shifted to Kuala Lumpur. Control of London Tin Company was acquired the same year. In another coup in 1979, Malaysian money made a "dawn raid" on British plantation giant, Kumpulan Guthrie Bhd, which wrenched the company from British control; most of the other British owned plantations soon followed.[19]

Among the major corporate takeover exercise and formation of new businesses during Razaleigh's stewardship as Pernas chairman were

Malaysia's First Trade Delegation to China[edit]

In 1971, Razaleigh's led trade delegation went to China to initiate a prospect of initiating a business relationship.[20] During the visit to China, Razaleigh managed to meet the then China's Premier Zhou En Lai. Total trade with China stood at a mere RM105.6 million in 1971, but ballooned to RM1.6 billion in 1980. Since then the contact between the two countries has been on the increase as evidenced by the number of visits of trade, medical and sports delegations to China.

Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)[edit]

On 6 September 1974, Malaysia's then prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak, announced the appointment of Razaleigh as chairman and Chief Executive of PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad). Tun Razak said: "From among the new blood, I intended to bring Tengku Razaleigh into the Cabinet. However, I have an important job for him, a job as important as that of a Cabinet Minister. I have decided to appoint him as chairman and Chief Executive of PETRONAS, which is equivalent to being a Cabinet Minister.".[21] Subsequently, Razaleigh had to relinquish his job as Chairman of PERNAS which he held from 1970, but retained the chairmanship of Bank Bumiputra.

Setting Up Banking Firms and Other Institutions[edit]

He also set up "Bank Pembangunan Malaysia" and founded and established both Bank Islam and Syarikat Takaful, an insurance company run in accordance with Syariah principle.

Institute of Marketing Malaysia (IMM) was founded by Razaleigh in 1977 and he became the Institute's first Patron.

Malaysian & Asean Chamber of Commerce[edit]

Razaleigh was President of Malay Chamber of Commerce and Industry, President of Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and consequently the President of ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He played a major role in the strategic restructuring of the Malaysian economy. The Malaysian Chamber of Commerce acknowledged his expertise in the petroleum business and once called him the "Malaysian Oil Prince". In the 1975 Malaysian Chamber of Commerce resolution, Razaleigh was named "Father of Malaysian Economic Development".

1960s : The Early Years[edit]

As the former president of the Malayan Students Union in London and secretary of the Malay Society in Britain, Razaleigh has entered into politics in 23 April 1962. He was unanimously elected as chairman of the Ulu Kelantan Division of UMNO at its annual meeting. He had returned to Malaya earlier that year to attend the funeral of his father.[22]

Tengku Razaleigh was part of the Malaya's delegation to the United Nation for 17th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in 1962. The leader of the delegation was Dato' Dr. Ismail bin Dato' Abdul Rahman, the then-Minister of Internal Security.[23]

In the 1969 general election, Razaleigh won Kelantan State Legislative Assembly seat of Ulu Kelantan Barat.

1970s : The Rise[edit]

In 1971, he was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council. Later he was appointed as the Treasurer of UMNO by the then-President of UMNO Tun Abdul Razak in 1973. He served as one of the Vice-Presidents of UMNO after winning the party election in 1975.

In the 1974 general election, Razaleigh won the Parliamentary seat of then-Ulu Kelantan (now known as, Gua Musang).

After Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak's sudden death in 1976, he was appointed as Finance Minister by the new Prime Minister, Hussein Onn. Razaleigh's planning is reputed to have been the main reason the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, of which UMNO is a member, almost totally defeated the opposition Islamic party of PAS in the 1978 general election and the Kelantan state elections of the same year.[8]

1980s[edit]

When Mahathir bin Mohamad succeeded Hussein Onn as Prime Minister, he declared the election for the Deputy Presidency of UMNO – and thus by extension the Deputy Prime Ministership – was open; he would not support any candidate. Razaleigh joined the fray, and his main opposition was Musa Hitam.[24] Eventually, Musa won the election with 722 votes to Razaleigh's 517 votes, becoming the new Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister.[25] Razaleigh blamed himself for taking "a rather passive stance" and not having a campaign strategy.[26]

In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh challenged Mahathir. In the election, Dr. Mahathir managed to retain his position. However, UMNO was split into two separate entities as Tengku Razaleigh was left unsatisfied with the result.

The split forced the Malaysian court to declare UMNO as illegal. Shortly after the court ruling, Dr. Mahathir reestablished UMNO as UMNO Baru (New UMNO), though the new UMNO was badly weakened. Tengku Razaleigh at the same time went on his own path and found a new political party called Semangat 46 in 1989. The number 46 refers to the year UMNO was originally founded.

1990s[edit]

In the 1993 constitutional crisis, Razaleigh strongly opposed the amendment for Rulers to be tried at court and their legal immunity be stripped. However, his efforts failed to bear fruit as it did not gain enough support. In 1996, Tengku Razaleigh disbanded Semangat 46 and rejoined UMNO.

2000s[edit]

In 2004, he announced his interest for the UMNO top post yet again but failed to garner enough nominations to contest the presidency.

2010s[edit]

In 22 July 2011, Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), a Non-Government Organisation was launched by Razaleigh at Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman to revive and restore the spirit of Merdeka among Malaysians.[27] The organisation is led by Razaleigh himself as the President, along with several other public figures and prominent activists.

Media and public appearances[edit]

Tengku Razaleigh is one of many Malaysian politicians, celebrities, and other well-known personalities who appear in Pete Teo and Namewee's public service announcement voter education video "Undilah" on YouTube, released in 2011. Razaleigh provides a spoken word introduction to the rap song.

In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia, Pete Teo released the video "Hari Malaysia", featuring many public figures and well-known personalities. Tengku Razaleigh was seen sitting next to Lim Kit Siang, another Malaysian prominent political figure, in Merdeka Stadium.

Electoral History[edit]

7th General Election 1986 (3 August 1986)[edit]

7th General Election 1986 : Gua Musang (P029) [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Barisan Nasional Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 12,538 70.61 N/A
PAS Wan Abd Rahim bin Wan Abdullah 5,219 29.39 N/A
Majority 7,319 41.22 "N/A"
Turnout 18,250 76.11 N/A
Barisan Nasional hold Swing N/A

8th General Election 1990 (21 October 1990)[edit]

8th General Election 1990: Gua Musang (P029) [29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Semangat 46 Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 18,973 76.82 N/A
Barisan Nasional Haji Wan Ismail Ibrahim 5,724 23.18 N/A
Majority 13,249 53.65 "N/A"
Turnout 25,172 81.03 N/A
Semangat 46 hold Swing N/A

9th General Election, By-Election 1995 (29 August 1995)[edit]

On August 1, 1995, the Kota Bharu High Court ordered a fresh election for the Gua Musang Parliamentary Seat after declaring the contest in the 8th General Election held in April the same year null and void. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was the incumbent MP. The court ordered the by-election as Hussein was disqualified from contesting when his nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer on the grounds that he had mistakenly filled the address of his house in Pasir Mas in the column that was meant for the address in the constituency. After submitting a petition, the Election Court subsequently ruled that the returning officer had erred in rejecting the nomination paper and ordered fresh polls for Gua Musang Parliamentary Seat.[30]

9th General Election, By-Election 1995*: Gua Musang (P029) [31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Semangat 46 Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 13,144 61.02 N/A
Barisan Nasional Dato' Hussein Ahmad 8,398 38.98 N/A
Majority 4,746 22.03 "N/A"
Turnout 21,765 77.72 N/A
Semangat 46 hold Swing N/A

10th General Election 1999 (29 November 1999)[edit]

10th General Election 1999: Gua Musang (P029) [32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Barisan Nasional Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 12,825 56.44 N/A
PAS Razak Abas 9,900 43.56 N/A
Majority 2,925 12.87 "N/A"
Turnout 23,176 77.54 N/A
Barisan Nasional hold Swing N/A

11th General Election 2004 (21 March 2004)[edit]

11th General Election 2004: Gua Musang (P032) [33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Barisan Nasional Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 13,570 66.06 N/A
PAS Zulkefli Mohamad 6,972 33.94 N/A
Majority 6,598 32.12 "N/A"
Turnout 21,076 80.64 N/A
Barisan Nasional hold Swing N/A

12th General Election 2008 (3 March 2008)[edit]

12th General Election 2008: Gua Musang (P032) [34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Barisan Nasional Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 14,063 59.10 N/A
PAS Zulkefli Mohamad 9,669 40.64 N/A
Majority 4,394 18.47 "N/A"
Turnout 24,283 83.77 N/A
Barisan Nasional hold Swing N/A

13th General Election 2013 (5 May 2013)[edit]

13th General Election 2013: Gua Musang (P032) [35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Barisan Nasional Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah 21,367 62.14 N/A
PAS Wan Abd Rahim bin Wan Abdullah 12,954 37.67 N/A
Majority 8,413 24.47 "N/A"
Turnout 35,097 87.36 N/A
Barisan Nasional hold Swing N/A

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ British Business in Post-Colonial Malaysia, 1957-70 Neo-colonialism Or Disengagement?, Nicholas J. White, Page 78, Routledge
  2. ^ Malaysiaís foreign policy the first fifty years Alignment neutralism Islamism 1957-70: Neo-colonialism Or Disengagement?, Johan Saravanamuttu, Page 141, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  3. ^ The Straits Times, 7 July 1975, Page 10, National Library, Singapore
  4. ^ Tengku Razaleigh, Rintangan Dan Cabaran, Alias Muhammad, Page 42, Gateway Publishing House
  5. ^ Ageing Ku Li gives up on Umno top post The Star
  6. ^ Tengku Razaleigh: A De Gaulle or Rab Butler of Malaysian Politics Din Merican
  7. ^ Ku Li now longest-serving MP The Star
  8. ^ a b c Tan, Chee Khoon & Vasil, Raj (ed., 1984). Without Fear or Favour, p. 45. Eastern Universities Press. ISBN 967-908-051-X.
  9. ^ The Straits Times 17 September 1972 page 1, National Library, Singapore
  10. ^ The Straits Times 5 May 1965 page 18, National Library, Singapore
  11. ^ The Straits Times 8 May 1965 page 1, National Library, Singapore
  12. ^ The Straits Times 15 July 1965 page 11, National Library, Singapore
  13. ^ The Straits Times 4 September 1965 page 11, National Library, Singapore
  14. ^ The Straits Times 1 October 1965 page 1, National Library, Singapore
  15. ^ The Straits Times 10 March 1966 page 10, National Library, Singapore
  16. ^ The Developing Economies, Malaysia's Localization Policy and its impact of British owned Enterprises, Page 372, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
  17. ^ The Developing Economies, Malaysia's Localization Policy and its impact of British owned Enterprises, Page 374, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan
  18. ^ The Straits Times 2 January 1976 page 5, National Library, Singapore
  19. ^ A Onetime Political Star Returns to Malaysia's Stage, 24 March 2008, http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1113&Itemid=31
  20. ^ The Political Economy of Malaysia's Trade Relation with China, John Wong, Page 9, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  21. ^ The Straits Times 7 September 1974 page 8, National Library, Singapore
  22. ^ The Straits Times 24 April 1962 page 11, National Library, Singapore
  23. ^ The Straits Times, 10 September 1962, Page 5, National Library, Singapore
  24. ^ Tan & Vasil, p. 42.
  25. ^ Tan & Vasil, p. 204.
  26. ^ Tan & Vasil, p. 112.
  27. ^ [1], "Amanah diketuai Ku Li dilancar Jumaat, sandar amanat Tunku", The Malaysian Insider, 20 July 2011.
  28. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=1986&strDR=P029&strDUN=0000&strParti=BN
  29. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=1990&strDR=P029&strDUN=0000&strParti=S46
  30. ^ New Straits Times May 8, 1997 Page 2
  31. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat_kecil.asp?strTahun=1995&strDR=P032&strDUN=0000
  32. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=1999&strDR=P032&strDUN=0000&strParti=BN
  33. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=2004&strDR=P032&strDUN=0000&strParti=BN
  34. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=2008&strDR=P032&strDUN=0000&strParti=BN
  35. ^ http://www2.pmo.gov.my/election/maklumat.asp?strTahun=2013&strDR=P032&strDUN=0000

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