Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman

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Dato' Seri

Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman
MLA
Menteri Besar of Terengganu
In office
13 May 2014 – 10 May 2018
Preceded by Ahmad Said
Succeeded by Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar
Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
Assembly Member
for Seberang Takir
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Mohd Shapian Ali (UMNO)
Personal details
Born Ahmad Razif bin Abdul Rahman
(1965-11-07) 7 November 1965 (age 52)
Seberang Takir, Terengganu, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Spouse(s) Halina Zakaria
Alma mater Universiti Putra Malaysia

Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (born 7 November 1965) was the 14th Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the Malaysian state of Terengganu from 2014 to May 2018. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation in Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Ahmad Razif, the son of a religious teacher, was raised in Terengganu. He graduated from Universiti Putra Malaysia with a Masters in Science and rose through the ranks of his local UMNO division.[1]

In 2008 he was elected to the Terengganu State Legislative Assembly for the seat of Seberang Takir, defeating a People's Justice Party (PKR) candidate. The State's incoming Chief Minister Ahmad Said appointed him to the State's Executive Council—akin to a cabinet—with responsibility for education, higher education, science, technology and human resources.[2]

Ahmad Razif retained his assembly seat at the 2013 election.[1] However, the Barisan Nasional state government almost lost its majority in the assembly, clinging to power with a slim 17–15 majority. In response, the coalition's national leader, and the Prime Minister, Najib Razak, pressured Ahmad Said to resign within a year.[3] In May 2014, Ahmad Said stood down and Ahmad Razif was appointed as his replacement. He was sworn into office by Mizan Zainal Abidin, the Sultan of Terengganu, on 13 May.[1]

Ahmad Razif's first task as Chief Minister was to navigate a political crisis when Ahmad Said and two other UMNO assemblymen resigned from UMNO immediately after his appointment, potentially plunging his government into minority status. Ahmad Said stated that he was dissatisfied that he had not been allowed to remain as Chief Minister until after the wedding of his daughter in May 2014. The three assemblymen returned to the party within days, after the intervention of Najib and other senior Barisan Nasional leaders.[4][5] On 22 April 2016, his 'Datuk Seri' title had been revoked by the Sultan.[6] On 9 December 2016, the Sultan has consented to restore 'Datuk Seri' title to him.[7]

Election results[edit]

Terengganu State Legislative Assembly: N11 Seberang Takir[8]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (UMNO) 6,440 61.24% Muzafeq Assyulzaifuzan Muhammad (PKR) 4,010 38.13% 10,718 2,430 84.06%
2013 Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (UMNO) 7,731 54.84% Zakaria Dagang (PAS) 6,221 44.13% 14,302 1,510 88.22%
Ahmad Nazri Mohd Yusoff (IND) 73 0.52%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ahmad Razif replaces Ahmad Said as Terengganu menteri besar". ABN News. 13 May 2014. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Terengganu MB Announces Exco Portfolios". Bernama. 9 April 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  3. ^ Zuhrin Azam Ahmad (8 May 2014). "Razif likely to be new Terengganu MB". The Star. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Terengganu political crisis almost over: Ahmad Said back to Umno". The Edge. 14 May 2014. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  5. ^ Md Izwan (13 May 2014). "Terengganu deadlock as Ahmad Said quits Umno hours after resigning as MB". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 25 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Withdrawal of Dato Seri title: Ahmad Razif evades reporters". Astro Awani. 24 April 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Terengganu Ruler gives consent to confer title on Ahmad Razif - Nation - The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my.
  8. ^ "N11: Seberang Takir". Utusan. Retrieved 25 October 2014.