Abdullah Tarmugi

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This is a Malay name; the name Tarmugi is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Abdullah.
Abdullah bin Tarmugi
Member of Parliament
for Siglap SMC
In office
Preceded by Abdul Rahim Ishark
Succeeded by Maliki Osman(East Coast GRC-Siglap)
Member of Parliament
for Bedok GRC(Siglap)
In office
Preceded by Himself as(Siglap SMC)
Succeeded by Himself (East Coast GRC-SIGLAP)
Member of Parliament
for East Coast GRC(Siglap)
In office
Preceded by Himself as(Bedok GRC -Siglap)
Succeeded by Maliki Osman
7th Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore
In office
President S.R. Nathan
Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong
Lee Hsien Loong
Deputy Matthias Yao Chih
Indranee Rajah
S Iswaran
Chew Heng Ching
Lim Hwee Hua
Preceded by Tan Soo Khoon
Succeeded by Michael Palmer
Personal details
Born (1944-08-25) 25 August 1944 (age 72)
Nationality Singaporean
Political party People's Action Party (1984-2011)
Alma mater Raffles Institution
University of Singapore
University of London
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Abdullah bin Tarmugi (born 25 August 1944) is a former Singaporean politician. He was the Speaker of Parliament[1] and a Member of Parliament (MP) for East Coast Group Representation Constituency (East Coast GRC) from 1996 to 2011.[2]

Born to a Javanese father and a Chinese mother, Abdullah's father was a low salaried surveyor's assistant and his grandfather ran a provision shop.

Abdullah studied at Raffles Institution and obtained a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Singapore, followed by a post-graduate diploma in urban studies from the University of London in 1972[2] under a Commonwealth Scholarship.

Abdullah has been a MP since 1984, starting out at Siglap constituency and later Bedok Group Representation Constituency (Bedok GRC) from 1991 to 1996.[2] After Bedok GRC and Eunos GRC was merged to form East Coast GRC in 1997, Abdullah still remained in the Siglap ward but under East Coast GRC. Abdullah was the Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports and the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs from 1994 to 2000 and 2000 to 2002 respectively.[2] Abdullah was also the Deputy Speaker of Parliament from 1989 to 1993 before becoming the Speaker of Parliament on 25 March 2002,.[2]

Abdullah announced his retirement from politics on March 24, 2011, prior to the 2011 general elections.[3] In January 2012, Abdullah was appointed to the Presidential Council for Minority Rights by Singapore President Tony Tan.[4]


  1. ^ "Parliament pays respects". The Straits Times. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Curriculum Vitae". Parliament of Singapore. Retrieved 2011-01-01. 
  3. ^ "PAP veterans to retire". AsiaOne. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Abdullah Tarmugi appointed to Presidential Council for Minority Rights". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved July 12, 2012. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmad Mattar
Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs
1996 – 24 March 2002
Succeeded by
Yaacob Ibrahim
Preceded by
Yeo Cheow Tong
Acting Minister for Community Development and Sports
Minister for Community Development and Sports

2 January 1994 – 14 January 1996
15 January 1996 – 31 March 2000
Parliament of Singapore
Preceded by
Tan Soo Khoon
Speaker of Parliament
Succeeded by
Michael Palmer