Zambry Abdul Kadir

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Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Seri Diraja Dr.
Zambry bin Abdul Kadir
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11th Menteri Besar of Perak
Assumed office
12 May 2009
Monarch Sultan Azlan Shah (2009–2014)
Nazrin Shah of Perak (2014–)
Preceded by Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin
Member of the Perak State Assembly
for Pangkor
Assumed office
4 March 2004
Preceded by Mohammad Wajdi Ishak
Personal details
Born (1962-03-22) 22 March 1962 (age 53)
Pangkor Island, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party UMNO/BN
Spouse(s) Saripah Zulkifli
Children 3 daughters, 2 sons (Munir Zambry)
Residence Kampung Masjid, Pulau Pangkor, Perak
Alma mater International Islamic University Malaysia
Temple University
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Datuk Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry bin Abdul Kadir (born 22 March 1962) is the current Menteri Besar of Perak and a Malaysian politician from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the leading party in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.


Year Institutions Fields
1987 International Islamic University Malaysia[1] B.Econs (Hons)
1991 International Islamic University Malaysia M.A (Islamic Thought)
1992 Temple University, United States M.A (Political Philosophy and Comparative Religion)
1995 Temple University, United States PhD (Political Thought) (Distinction)

Personal life[edit]

Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir was born on 22 March 1962 in Pangkor Island in Perak and is married to Datin Seri Saripah Zulkifli. They are parents of Husna, Huda, Shifa, Munir and Mukhlis.

Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir obtained his early Primary and Secondary education on Pangkor island at Pangkor Primary and Secondary schools before attending upper secondary education on the mainland of Perak at Sekolah Menengah Bukit Gantang, Parit Buntar, Perak. After that he went on to acquire a B.Econs (Hons), International Islamic University Malaysia 1987, M.A. (Islamic Thoughts) International Islamic University, 1991, M.A. (Political Philosophy and Comparative Religion) Temple University 1992, United States and PhD from Temple University, United States 1995.

Political career[edit]

Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir became actively involved in politics in 1995, soon after his return from the USA. Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir became the UMNO (United Malay National Organisation) Division Youth Wing Head, then the State of Perak UMNO Youth Head and later a member of the National Youth Executive Council. He stood in the 2004 General Election for the Perak state legislative assembly and returned again in 2008 General Election. On 6 February 2009, Dato' Seri Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir was appointed as the 11th Menteri Besar of the state of Perak.

Perak Constitutional Crisis[edit]

A member of the Perak state legislative assembly, Zambry a key player in the 2009 Perak constitutional crisis as the intended BN Menteri Besar. After three state assemblypersons from the Pakatan Rakyat coalition announced their intention to support a BN candidate for Menteri Besar, and to lend their support to a vote of no confidence in the incumbent Pakatan Rakyat Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin, Sultan Azlan Shah of Perak requested Nizar's resignation and swore in Zambry as the new Menteri Besar on 6 February 2009. Zambry acted as Menteri Besar for about three months. However, Nizar maintained that the Sultan was not permitted by the state constitution to dismiss him as the Menteri Besar, and on 11 May 2009, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that Nizar had always been the rightful Menteri Besar of Perak.[2] To maintain administrative continuity, Nizar tentatively endorsed most of Zambry's policies, subject to later review, but reinstated the 817 village development and security committees and 318 local government councillors whom Zambry had sacked.[3] However, the following day, the Court of Appeal granted a stay of the High Court judgment, and Zambry returned to work.

On May, 22nd Court of Appeal in a unanimous decision, declared Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir as the rightful menteri besar of Perak. The court held that the order made by the High Court on 11 May, in declaring Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin as the legitimate menteri besar, was wrong and set aside that decision. Justice Md Raus, in his oral judgement, also held that the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, was right in appointing Zambry as the new menteri besar, under Article 16(2) of the Perak Constitution, after being satisfied that Zambry had the command of the majority of the state legislative assembly.[4][5]


  1. ^ ^ Abdul Kadir, Zambry (22 November 2009). Retrieved 22 November 2009.
  2. ^ Yatim, Hafiz (11 May 2009). "Court rules Nizar is legitimate MB". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 11 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Ong, Andrew (12 May 2009). "Perak MB suspends state secretary, legal advisor". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 12 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Zahiid, Syed Jaymal (13 May 2009). "Zambry resumes duty, but as what?". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Sin Chew (22 May 2009). "Zambry rightful menteri besar, rules appeal court.". Sin Chew Daily (Sin Chew Daily). Retrieved 22 May 2009.