Zulhasnan Rafique

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Yang Berhormat Tan Sri
Zulhasnan Rafique
Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories
In office
27 March 2006 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Isa Abdul Samad
Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (acting)
Succeeded by Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Setiawangsa
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Succeeded by Ahmad Fauzi Zahari
Personal details
Born (1954-09-20) 20 September 1954 (age 59)
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Occupation Politician

Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique is a Malaysian politician and the former Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories. He is a former Member of Parliament for Setiawangsa[1] in Kuala Lumpur and a supreme council member in the United Malay National Organisation, the main component party in the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

On 27 March 2004, following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Federal Territory and Klang Valley Planning and Development Division was upgraded to a full-fledged ministry. Its responsibility expanded to include jurisdiction over the territories of Labuan and Putrajaya. Zulhasnan was the first deputy minister to be appointed to the ministry.

Tan Sri Isa bin Hj Abdul Samad was the first minister to be appointed. However, Isa was dismissed from office after found guilty of corruption charges related to money politics during the UMNO General Assembly Election of 2005. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (then the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development) assumed the responsibilities of acting minister until a replacement could be found.

On 16 February 2006, Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique was appointed the Federal Territories Minister.[1] Under the leadership of Zulhasnan, a strategic plan that focused on development plans for all three Federal Territories was created. He was dropped from the new cabinet on 9 April 2009 by Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak who took over as the 6th Prime Minister.

He joined the Royal Malaysian Air Force as a fighter pilot and retired in 1985 with the rank of major before enter politics.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ex-pilot scales new heights as Federal Territories minister". TheStar Online. 2006-02-15. Retrieved 2010-01-30.