Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

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Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Timbalan Perdana Menteri
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

since 29 July 2015
Deputy Prime Minister's Office
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Member of Parliament, Cabinet
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; 57 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.

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, resignation and firing[edit]

Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman died in office due to massive heart attack in 1973. Tun Musa Hitam is the first resigning from this position in 1986 and followed by Tun Ghaffar Baba in 1993. Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the first fired from this position in 1998. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was the second being sacked from this position in 2015.[2] Tun Ghafar Baba is the first Deputy Prime Minister to have a second wives.

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of Malaysia[edit]

Picture Term of office Party Coalition
Took Office Left Office Days
1 Tun Abdul Razak
MP for Pekan
Tun Abdul Razak (MY 2nd PM).jpg 31 August 1957 22 September 1970 4770 UMNO AP
2 Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman
MP for Johor Bahru
Ismail outside downing street.jpg 22 September 1970 2 August 1973 1045 UMNO AP
Vacant (2 August 1973 – 13 August 1973: 11 days)
3 Tun Hussein Onn
MP for Johor Bahru Timur
Tun Hussein Onn (MY 3rd PM).jpg 13 August 1973 24 August 1974 885 UMNO AP
24 August 1974 15 January 1976 BN
Vacant (15 January 1976 – 15 September 1978: 974 days)
4 Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad
MP for Kubang Pasu
(b. 1925)
Mahathir 2007.jpg 5 March 1976 16 July 1981 1959 UMNO BN
Vacant (16 July 1981 – 18 July 1981: 2 days)
5 Tun Musa Hitam
MP for Kota Tinggi
(b. 1934)
18 July 1981 16 March 1986 1702 UMNO BN
Vacant (16 March 1986 – 10 May 1986: 55 days)
6 Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba
MP for Jasin
Ghafar baba.jpg 10 May 1986 15 October 1993 2715 UMNO BN
Vacant (15 October 1993 – 1 December 1993: 47 days)
7 Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim
MP for Permatang Pauh
(b. 1947)
Anwar 980416.jpg 1 December 1993 2 September 1998 1736 UMNO BN
Vacant (2 September 1998 – 8 January 1999: 128 days)
8 Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
MP for Kepala Batas
(b. 1939)
AB April 2008.jpg 8 January 1999 31 October 2003 1757 UMNO BN
Vacant (31 October 2003 – 7 January 2004: 68 days)
9 Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak
MP for Pekan
(b. 1953)
Najib Razak 2008-08-21.jpg 7 January 2004 3 April 2009 1913 UMNO BN
Vacant (3 April 2009 – 10 April 2009: 7 days)
10 Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin
MP for Pagoh
(b. 1947)
MuhyiddinUS.jpg 10 April 2009 29 July 2015 2301 UMNO BN
11 Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
MP for Bagan Datoh
(b. 1953)
AZHThai.jpg 29 July 2015 Incumbent 7 UMNO BN

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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