Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

since 29 July 2015
Deputy Prime Minister's Office
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Right Honourable)
Member of Cabinet
Reports to Parliament
Residence Seri Satria
Seat West Wing of Perdana Putra, Putrajaya
Nominator Prime Minister of Malaysia
Appointer Abdul Halim
as Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia
Term length While during the pleasure of Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Inaugural holder Tun Abdul Razak
Formation 31 August 1957; 58 years ago (1957-08-31)
Salary MYR18,168.15 monthly[1]
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The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (Malay: Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia) is the second highest political office in Malaysia. There have been eleven deputy prime ministers since the office was created in 1957. The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, started the convention of appointing a Deputy Prime Minister.

The current Deputy Prime Minister is Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who took office on 29 July 2015.

Official residence[edit]

The official residence for Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia is Sri Satria in Putrajaya. Before Sri Satria, the first Deputy Prime Minister official residence is Seri Taman.

Deputy Prime Minister appointment[edit]

Although Malaysia has always had a Deputy Prime Minister since independence, a Prime Minister may choose not to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister. The office of Deputy Prime Minister is not provided for in the Constitution of Malaysia. At the same time, a Prime Minister could appoint more than one Deputy Prime Minister, as has occurred before in Singapore.

By the past practice of the component parties of Barisan Nasional (the ruling coalition) of which the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) is the unofficial leader, the UMNO Deputy President is appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia by the Prime Minister of Malaysia (who is the UMNO President). In the organisational structure of Barisan Nasional, the President and Deputy President of UMNO are automatically made the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Barisan Nasional. This position, currently however, were filled by Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a Vice President of UMNO. This is the second time the position were filled by a non-Deputy President of UMNO, the first time was when Tun Ghafar Baba held the office for a year as a Vice President of UMNO (1986–1987).

Deaths, resignations and removals from office[edit]

Of the ten previous officeholders, five have gone on to become prime minister. Of the remaining, one died in office, two resigned, and two were removed from office by the sitting prime minister.

Ismail Abdul Rahman died in office due to massive heart attack in 1973. Musa Hitam and Ghafar Baba resigned in 1986 and 1993 respectively during Mahathir Mohamad's premiership. Anwar Ibrahim was the first deputy prime minister to be sacked after being accused and subsequently charged with corruption and sodomy in 1998. Muhyiddin Yassin was the second DPM to be removed from office after being dropped from the Cabinet by Prime Minister Najib Razak in a reshuffle in 2015.[2]

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Malaysia[edit]

Colour key
(for political parties)
Deputy Prime Minister Term of Office Prime Minister
Portrait Name
Political Party Took Office Left Office Days
1 Tun Abdul Razak (MY 2nd PM).jpg Abdul Razak Hussein
MLC for Semantan, 1955–1959
MP for Pekan, 1959–1976
Alliance Party (UMNO) 31 August 1957 22 September 1970 4770 Tunku Abdul Rahman
2 Ismail outside downing street.jpg Ismail Abdul Rahman
MLC for Johore Timor, 1955–1959
MP for Johore Timor, 1959–1973
Alliance Party (UMNO) 22 September 1970 2 August 1973 1045 Abdul Razak Hussein
Vacant 2 August 1973 13 August 1973 11
3 Tun Hussein Onn (MY 3rd PM).jpg Hussein Onn
MP for Johore Bahru Timor, 1971–1974
MP for Sri Gading, 1974–1981
Alliance Party (UMNO) 13 August 1973 15 January 1976 885
(3) Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
Vacant 15 January 1976 5 March 1976 50 Hussein Onn
4 Mahathir 2007.jpg Mahathir Mohamad
MP for Kubang Pasu Barat, 1964–1969
MP for Kubang Pasu, 1974–2004
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 5 March 1976 16 July 1981 1959
Vacant 16 July 1981 18 July 1981 2 Mahathir Mohamad
5 Musa Hitam
MP for Segamat Utara, 1968–1974
MP for Labis, 1974–1982
MP for Panti, 1982–1986
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 18 July 1981 16 March 1986 1702
Vacant 16 March 1986 10 May 1986 55
6 Abdul Ghafar Baba
MLC for Malacca Luar, 1955–1959
MP for Malacca Utara, 1971–1974
MP for Alor Gajah, 1974–1978
MP for Jasin, 1978–1999
MP for Batu Berendam, 1999–2004
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 10 May 1986 15 October 1993 2715
Vacant 15 October 1993 1 December 1993 47
7 Anwar 980416.jpg Anwar Ibrahim
MP for Permatang Pauh, 1982–1999,
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 1 December 1993 2 September 1998 1736
Vacant 2 September 1998 8 January 1999 128
8 AB April 2008.jpg Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
MP for Kepala Batas, 1978–2013
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 8 January 1999 31 October 2003 1757
Vacant 31 October 2003 7 January 2004 68 Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
9 Najib Razak 2008-08-21.jpg Najib Razak
MP for Pekan, 1976–1982,
since 1986
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 7 January 2004 3 April 2009 1913
Vacant 3 April 2009 10 April 2009 7 Najib Razak
10 MuhyiddinUS.jpg Muhyiddin Yassin
MP for Pagoh, 1978–1986,
since 1995
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 10 April 2009 29 July 2015 2301
11 AZHThai.jpg Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
MP for Bagan Datoh, since 1995
Barisan Nasional (UMNO) 29 July 2015 Incumbent 119

Living former deputy prime ministers[edit]

Below are the living former deputy prime minister(s) who do not hold the position of prime minister.

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