Ghafar Baba

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Tun
Ghafar Baba
6th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
1986 – 1 December 1993
Preceded by Musa Hitam
Succeeded by Anwar Ibrahim
Personal details
Born (1925-02-18)18 February 1925
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Federated Malay States, British Malaya
Died 23 April 2006(2006-04-23) (aged 81)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party United Malays National Organization
Spouse(s) Toh Puan Asmah Binti Alang
Toh Puan D. Heryati Abdul Rahim
Occupation Teacher
Religion Islam

Tun Abdul Ghafar bin Baba (February 18, 1925 – April 23, 2006) was a Malaysian politician from Melaka and a former Deputy Prime Minister. He was born on February 18, 1925 in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, the son of an impoverished villager. Ghafar Baba became a teacher and later became a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) political party, which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition.

In 1942, he married Toh Puan Asmah Binti Alang and fathered twelve children, five of whom have died. In the early 1990s, he married his second wife Heryati Abdul Rahim, and had one child with her.

In 1986, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister by then Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Previously, Musa Hitam held the deputy premiership but he resigned, citing irreconcilable differences with Mahathir.[1] On October 15, 1993 during UMNO election, he was challenged by Anwar Ibrahim. Ghafar Baba was defeated by Anwar Ibrahim and subsequently lost the deputy premiership.

On April 23, 2006, he died at Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur due to poor heart and lung condition. He had been in critical condition for several months prior to his death. He was buried in an official state funeral at Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur on the same day alongside the graves of former Prime Ministers Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn and former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail before nightfall. [1] [2]

Posts[edit]

  • Teachers' Union secretary (1946–1948)
  • Melaka UMNO Secretary (1951)
  • Melaka UMNO Chairman (1955)
  • Chief Minister of Malacca (1959–1963)
  • UMNO High Council member (1957)
  • UMNO Information Chief (1958)
  • UMNO Vice President (1962–1987)
  • Barisan Nasional Secretary-General [1]
  • Federal Territory Barisan Nasional Chief [1]
  • Deputy Prime Minister (1986–1993)

Legacy[edit]

Several places were named after him, including:

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Putra, Tunku Abdul Rahman (1986). Political Awakening, p. 86. Pelanduk Publications. ISBN 967-978-136-4.
Preceded by
Musa Hitam
Deputy Prime Ministers of Malaysia
1986-1 December 1993
Succeeded by
Anwar Ibrahim