Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim

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Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim

عبدالعزيز عبدالرحيم
Azeez Rahim.jpg
Chairperson of Tabung Haji
In office
1 July 2013 – 14 May 2018
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Mahathir Mohamad
Preceded byAbi Musa Asa'ari Mohamed Nor
Succeeded byMohammed Nor Md Yusof
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Baling
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded byTaib Azamudden Md Taib (PAS-PR)
Majority5,185 (2013)
1,074 (2018)
Personal details
Born
Abdul Azeez bin Abdul Rahim

(1966-11-19) 19 November 1966 (age 52)
Selangor, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malay National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Khadijah Mohd Noor
Children4
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman
WebsiteAbdul Azeez Abdul Rahim on Facebook
Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim on Parliament of Malaysia

Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Azeez bin Abdul Rahim (Jawi: عبدالعزيز بن عبدالرحيم; born 19 November 1966) is a Malaysian politician. Abdul Azeez is also the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Baling in the state of Kedah. He is a member of UMNO, a major component of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Due to his South Indian descent, he speaks fluent Tamil in addition to Malay and English.

Government linked companies (GLC) and Non-governmental organisations (NGO)[edit]

In 2011 Abdul Azeez became a director of Tabung Haji, a Malaysian fund for Muslims to save for the hajj pilgrimage. In 2013, after his election to Parliament, he became Tabung Haji's chairman.[1] However in 2018, after his reelection as member of parliament and the change of ruling government to Pakatan Harapan (PH), he resigned as chairman of Tabung Haji.[2]

Azeez also founded and headed the Putera 1Malaysia Club (Kelab Putera 1Malaysia), a non-government organization that has, among other things, led humanitarian missions to Gaza.[3] In 2012 Hamas appointed him as an honorary ambassador for Palestine.[4]

Political career[edit]

Party career[edit]

Abdul Azeez was elected to UMNO's Supreme Council, the body that governs the party, in 2009. He was the 25th and final candidate elected.[5] He was re-elected to the Supreme Council in 2013, this time finishing in seventh place.[6] He formerly headed "Putera UMNO", a group for young members of UMNO when he was the EXCO member of UMNO Youth.[7]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Azeez was chosen as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the seat of Baling at the 2008 election. He lost to the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) candidate, Taib Azamudden Md Taib, by 7,613 votes. The state of Kedah swung back to BN at the 2013 election, and Azeez, selected again as the BN candidate in Baling, was elected to Parliament.[8] He was re-elected in the 2018 election.

Controversies and issues[edit]

Corruption Allegations[edit]

On 22 May 2018, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) raided and seized over RM500,000 in cash of various currencies, some documents, jewellery and luxury watches in several houses and offices in four states occupied by Azeez.[9][10] In the midst of MACC investigation, Azeez announced he had tendered his resignation as the Tabung Haji's chairman on 14 May 2018.[11][2]

The MACC arrested Azeez with his elder brother and cousin on 25 September 2018.[12][13] Azeez was released on RM500,000 bail after his 10-day MACC remand ended.[14] But MACC arrested his 24-year-old son the same day he was released.[15]

Tabung Haji on 30 November 2018 reported to police against Azeez as its former chairman and senior management over alleged misuse of RM22 million belonging to a charitable fund for politically-linked activities.[16]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Baling, Kedah[8][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (UMNO) 28,461 44.10% Taib Azamudden Md Taib (PAS) 36,074 55.90% 65,764 7,613 83.47%
2013 Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (UMNO) 43,504 53.17% Najmi Ahmad (PAS) 38,319 46.86% 83,109 5185 89.20%
2018 Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (UMNO) 38,557 42.60% Hassan Saad (PAS) 37,483 41.41% 92,128 1,074 85.93%
Mohd Taufik Yaacob (PPBM) 14,472 15.99%

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Azeez confirms he has quit as Tabung Haji chairman". Free Malaysia Today. 24 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  3. ^ "NGO declares Gaza mission a success". New Straits Times. 22 August 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Abdul Azeez appointed honorary ambassador for Palestine". The Malaysian Insider. 13 December 2012. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
  5. ^ "UMNO Election 2008 Results". Bernama. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Umno polls: Results for VP and supreme council". The Star. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  7. ^ Hamdan Raja Abdullah (14 February 2007). "35 Putra UMNO members begin parachute training". The Star. Retrieved 28 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Maklumat Terperinci Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum 2013". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 December 2014. Retrieved 26 November 2014.
  9. ^ Bythecoverage (23 May 2018). "MACC Raid Tabung Haji Chief's UMNO Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim Home – Seize RM500,000 Cash And Documents". The Coverage. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  10. ^ Muhammad Mustakim Ramli and Mohd Hasbi Sidek (23 May 2018). "MACC raids three properties linked to Azeez Rahim". New Straits Times. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Abdul Azeez resigns as Tabung Haji chairman". The Star. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
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  14. ^ "Baling MP Abdul Azeez released on RM500,000 bail". Bernama. The Edge Markets. 5 October 2018. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  15. ^ Mazwin Nik Anis (5 October 2018). "Baling MP Abdul Azeez released – but his son is arrested". The Star. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
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  26. ^ "Raja Muda of Kedah heads state awards list". The Star. 15 January 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Pengerusi Tabung Haji dikurnia SJMK" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  28. ^ "Dr Wee gets Malacca award". The Star. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  29. ^ "Legenda bola sepak terima darjah kebesaran" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 24 October 2000. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  30. ^ "Abdul Azeez heads list of Sabah Award recipients". Bernama. The Star. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 29 September 2018.