Azalina Othman Said

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Azalina Othman Said
ازلينا عثمان سعيد
Azalina Othman Said.jpg
Azalina in 2021
1st Women's Youth Chief of United Malays National Organisation
In office
9 April 2001 – 25 September 2004
PresidentMahathir Mohamad
DeputyNoraini Ahmad
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byNoraini Ahmad
Ministerial roles
2004–2008Minister of Youth and Sports
2008–2009Minister of Tourism
2015–2018Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2004–Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2015Chairman of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia
2020–2021Deputy Speaker of Dewan Rakyat
2021–Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Law and Human Rights
Personal details
Azalina binti Othman Said

(1963-12-31) 31 December 1963 (age 58)
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
London School of Economics and Political Science

Dato' Sri Azalina binti Othman Said (Jawi: ازلينا بنت عثمان سعيد; born 31 December 1963) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Special Advisor to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on Law and Human Rights since September 2021. She served as Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Barisan Nasional (BN) administrations from July 2020 to her resignation in August 2021. She created history by being the first female holder of the deputy speakership. She has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pengerang since March 2004. She is a member of the Supreme Council of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the major component party of the ruling BN coalition. She also served as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department from July 2015 to May 2018, Minister of Tourism from March 2008 to April 2009 and the Minister of Youth and Sports from March 2004 to March 2008.

Early life[edit]

Azalina was born in Johor Bahru on 31 December 1963 to a father of Buginese ancestry and a mother of Arab lineage. She spent her early years in Penang where she received her elementary education at a Catholic school, Convent Green Lane.[1] Azalina started her tertiary education in Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) (or Institut Teknologi Mara (ITM) as it was known then) by taking her Diploma in Public Administration (DPA). Upon graduating with ITM, she read laws in Universiti Malaya and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours.) or LL.B Hons. After graduating in 1988, she went on to further her studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom and graduated with a Master of Laws (LLM) in 1990.

She first started her career in Malaysia as a legal assistant at Messr Raja Darryl & Loh law firm (1988–1989, 1991–1994). After gaining experience, she became an associate partner of Azalina Chan & Chia law firm (1994–2001) and with Messrs Skine (2001–2002).

In 2002, she formed a partnership with Messrs Zaid Ibrahim & Co [2002–2004], which is the largest law firm in Malaysia and later on with Zaid Ibrahim & Co. LLP, Singapore in 2003. Coincidentally, Zaid Ibrahim was also her cabinet colleague, having been appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in-charge of Legal Affairs at the same time as her appointment as Tourism Minister.

Before getting involved in politics, she was the host of various television talk shows, mainly discussing about political, economic and social issues, such as Dateline Malaysia and Lidah Pengarang on ntv7.

Political career[edit]

  • Pro tem Head, Puteri UMNO Malaysia (2001 – 2002) Appointed by the then President of UMNO, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Pro Tem Head of Puteri UMNO Malaysia, in April 2001.
  • Head of UMNO Civil Action Bureau (2000 – 2004) Appointed as Head the Civil Action Bureau of UMNO Malaysia (BTS UMNO), which is based in Sungai Way, in August 2000.
  • Head of Puteri UMNO Malaysia & Vice-President of UMNO (2002 – 2004) Elected the first Head of Puteri UMNO Malaysia, on 1 November 2002. The Head of Puteri UMNO Malaysia is automatically one of the six Vice-Presidents of UMNO.
  • Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia (31 March 2004 – 7 March 2008)
  • Member of UMNO Supreme Council (2000 – Present) Appointed to sit as a member of the UMNO Supreme Council, the highest decisions-making body of the party, in July 2000, by the then Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who is also the president of UMNO. There are four female Supreme Councilors out of 46 in the council.
  • Minister of Tourism Malaysia (18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009)
  • Minister in the Primer Minister's Department (29 July 2015 – 9 May 2018)

Social contributions[edit]

Azalina is also active in various social organisations. She is directly involved as Adviser to associations such as the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association, Malaysian Women Contractors and Construction Organisation, Yayasan Pembangunan Malaysia and the Women's Crisis Centre.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Pengerang[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots
Majority Turnout
2004 Azalina Othman Said
None None
2008 Azalina Othman Said
None None
2013 Azalina Othman Said
26,992 83.64% Tengku Intan Tengku Abd Hamid (PKR)[9] 4,484 13.89% 33,067 22,508 87.02%
Mohd Azaman Johari
795 2.46%
2018 Azalina Othman Said
21,829 67.71% Norliza Ngadiran
10,412 32.29% 33,580 11,417 82.96%



See also[edit]


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