Abdul Latiff Ahmad

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Abdul Latiff Ahmad

عبداللطيف بن أحمد
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Minister of Rural Development
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyAbdul Rahman Mohamad
Henry Sum Agong
Preceded byRina Harun
Deputy Minister of Defence
In office
10 April 2009 – 15 May 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded byAbu Seman Yusop
Succeeded byAbdul Rahim Bakri
Deputy Minister of Health
In office
27 March 2004 – 9 April 2009
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterChua Soi Lek (2004–2008)
Ong Ka Ting (Acting) (2008)
Liow Tiong Lai (2008–2009)
Preceded byAbu Seman Yusop
Succeeded byRosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin
Deputy Minister of Human Resources
In office
15 December 1999 – 26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterFong Chan Onn
Preceded byAffifudin Omar
Succeeded byAbdul Rahman Bakar
Chairman of the
Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad
In office
11 June 2013 – 30 January 2019
MinisterNajib Razak (2013–2018)
Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (2013–2016)
Johari Abdul Ghani (2016–2018)
Lim Guan Eng (2018)
Zuraida Kamaruddin (2018–2019)
CEOAhmad Azizi Ali
Preceded byIdris Haron
Succeeded byMohammad Mentek
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Mersing
Assumed office
29 November 1999
Preceded byZainal Abidin Osman (UMNOBN)
Majority10,861 (1999)
14,573 (2004)
13,736 (2008)
15,747 (2013)
8,459 (2018)
Personal details
Abd Latiff bin Ahmad

(1958-07-09) 9 July 1958 (age 63)
Ayer Hitam, Kluang, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyPPBM (2019-present)
Independent (2018-2019)
UMNO (until 2018)
Other political
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-Present)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2019-2020)
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2018)
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
Abdul Latiff Ahmad on Facebook
Abdul Latiff Ahmad on Parliament of Malaysia

Abd Latiff bin Ahmad (Jawi: عبداللطيف بن أحمد ; born 9 July 1958) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Rural Development in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin since March 2020 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mersing since November 1999. He served as the Deputy Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from December 1999 to May 2013.[1][2][3] He was a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[4] He has been a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) since 2019, a former component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition and now PN coalition and was briefly an independent politician after resigning from UMNO in 2018.

Political career[edit]

Abd Latiff was firstly elected to the Johor State Legislative Assembly for Endau seat in 1995 election. In the 1999 general election he switched to federal politics by contesting and winning to be the MP of Mersing constituency in Johor, and thereafter served as Deputy Minister of Human Resources (1999 to 2004), Deputy Minister of Health (2004 to 2010) and Deputy Minister of Defence (2010 to 2013). He was reelected MP for the Mersing parliamentary seat in the consecutive 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018 general elections.

Abd Latiff was dropped from Najib Razak's cabinet after the 2013 general election, and was appointed as the chairman of the government-linked housing development company Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB).[5] He left SPNB in early 2019 after BN lost as the ruling federal government to Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 2018 election.[6][7]

Controversies and issues[edit]

Insulting UMNO[edit]

On 8 July 2020, he said UMNO was an unscrupulous party in Sabah after its leaders jumped to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu). Earlier, a video featuring Abdul Latif's statement in an open forum on the matter was spread on social media where he mentioned "Sabahans do not mention jumping but call migration and usually from Berjaya to PBS, PBS goes to UMNO. Meanwhile, Abdul Latiff's statement met with opposition from UMNO leaders who are now urging him to resign.[8][9] After receiving word of mouth from UMNO leaders, finally he admitted his mistake. While reminding UMNO, the real enemy is the opponents and they should not quarrel with each other, he said he apologized if the statement regarding "UMNO does not work in Sabah" was misunderstood and hurt the hearts of many parties.[10]

Election results[edit]

Johor State Legislative Assembly[3]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 N9 Endau, P129 Mersing. Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 7,315 69% Sheikh Abdullah Said Salleh (PAS) 3,302 31% 10,668 4,013 64.36%
Parliament of Malaysia[1][2][3][11][12][13]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P129 Mersing, Johor. Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 18,821 70.28% Idris Tukachil (PAS) 7,960 29.72% 27,617 10,861 70.29%
2004 P154 Mersing, Johor. Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 19,222 80.52% Idris Tukachil (PAS) 4,649 19.48% 24,484 14,573 72.25%
2008 Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 20,116 75.92% Shahar Abdullah (PAS) 6,380 24.08% 27,548 13,736 75.59%
2013 Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 26,184 71.50% Roslan Nikmat (PAS) 10,437 28.50% 37,393 15,747 84.03%
2018 Abd Latiff Ahmad (UMNO) 19,806 53.00% Md Nasir Hashim (PPBM) 11,347 30.37% 38,306 8,459 79.51%
A. Rahman A. Hamid (PAS) 6,215 16.63%


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 11 March 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  3. ^ a b c "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  4. ^ Mazwin Nik Anis, Muguntan Vanar and Zakiah Koya (15 December 2018). "Six more MPs leave Umno". The Star. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Former deputy minister Dr Abd Latif now SPNB chairman". The Malaysian Insider. 14 June 2013. Archived from the original on 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  6. ^ "Heads to roll from more than 100 MOF Inc firms, says report". Malaysiakini. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. ^ Nabila Yasmin Razib (22 February 2019). "Mohammad Mentek dilantik Pengerusi SPNB". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  8. ^ https://www.borneotoday.net/umno-sabah-sudah-tidak-laku-abdul-latiff/
  9. ^ https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/91246/BERITA/Politik/UMNO-parti-tak-laku-Abdul-Latiff-digesa-letak-jawatan
  10. ^ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/533502
  11. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  12. ^ "14th General Election Malaysia (GE14 / PRU14) - Johor". election.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  13. ^ https://undi.info/johor/r18/p154
  14. ^ "The Malacca Yang Di-Pertua Negri's Birthday Honours List". The Star. 12 October 2003. Retrieved 11 October 2018.