Anifah Aman

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Anifah Aman
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia
Assumed office
10 April 2009
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak
Deputy Reezal Merican Naina Merican
Preceded by Rais Yatim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kimanis, Sabah
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded by New constituency
Personal details
Born Anifah bin Aman @ Haniff Amman
(1953-11-16) 16 November 1953 (age 62)
Keningau, Crown Colony of North Borneo
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad
Relations Musa Aman (brother)
Children 3
Alma mater University of Buckingham
Occupation Politician

Dato' Sri Anifah Aman (born 16 November 1953) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia since 2009. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which is part of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, and the Member of Parliament for Kimanis in Sabah. From 1999 to 2008 he was a deputy minister in successive Barisan Nasional governments.

Anifah was first elected to Parliament in 1999, winning the seat of Beaufort. He was immediately appointed Deputy Minister of Primary Industries in the government of Mahathir Mohamad. He shifted to, and won, the seat of Kimanis in the 2004 election, and became Deputy Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities. After winning re-election in the 2008 general election, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed him as Deputy Transport Minister. However, Anifah refused, saying he felt it was "time to make way" for someone else. Reports indicated this was the first time anyone had refused an appointment as Deputy Minister after the appointment had already been made public.[1] A day later, the New Straits Times reported that Anifah and another proposed Deputy Minister, Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, had "thrown a tantrum ... claiming they are 'senior enough' to be made full ministers." Abdullah reportedly told them that he had "picked the best people", leading to their resignations.[2]

After Najib Razak replaced Abdullah as Prime Minister in 2009, Anifah was promoted from the backbench to the Cabinet as Minister for Foreign Affairs. During Anifah's tenure as Foreign Minister, Malaysia won election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2015–2016 term.

Personal life[edit]

Anifah is married to Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad and has 2 sons and 1 daughter. Anifah is also the brother of current Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Beaufort, Sabah[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1999 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 16,009 64% Ak Aliuddin Pg (PBS) 9,209 36%
Parliament of Malaysia: Kimanis, Sabah[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Others Votes Pct
2004 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 9,655 66% Awang Tengah Awang Amin (PKR) 4,547 31%
2008 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 10,242 59% Ismail Bongsu (PKR) 1,615 9% Jaafar Ismail (Ind)
Benjamin Basinta (Ind)
2013 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 13,754 61% Jaafar Ismail (PKR) 8031 35% Jamil William Core (SAPP)
Lusin Balangon (STAR)


  1. ^ "Anifah Aman springs surprise, declines deputy minister's post". New Straits Times. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Two 'seniors' upset over positions". New Straits Times. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 June 2010. .