Ghafar Baba

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Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Datuk Seri Utama
Abdul Ghafar Baba
S.S.M., S.U.M.W.
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6th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
10 May 1986 – 1 December 1993
Monarch Iskandar
Azlan Shah
Preceded by Musa Hitam
Succeeded by Anwar Ibrahim
2nd Chief Minister of Malacca
In office
1 June 1959 – 5 October 1967
Preceded by Osman bin Talib
Succeeded by Talib bin Karim
Personal details
Born Abdul Ghafar bin Baba
(1925-02-18)18 February 1925
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died 23 April 2006(2006-04-23) (aged 81)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting place Makam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Spouse(s) Asmah Alang
Dayang Heryati Abdul Rahim
Occupation Teacher

Tun Datuk Seri Utama Abdul Ghafar bin Baba (18 February 1925 – 23 April 2006) was a Malaysian politician from Melaka who was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1986 to 1993.

Life and career[edit]

He was born on 18 February 1925 in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, the son of an impoverished villager. Ghafar Baba became a teacher and later became a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) political party, which is part of the Barisan Nasional coalition.

In 1942, he married Toh Puan Asmah Binti Alang and fathered twelve children, five of whom have died. In the early 1990s, he married his second wife Toh Puan Heryati Abdul Rahim, and had one child with her.

In 1986, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Previously, Musa Hitam held the deputy premiership but he resigned, citing irreconcilable differences with Mahathir.[1] On 15 October 1993, during a UMNO election, he was challenged by Anwar Ibrahim. Ghafar Baba was defeated by Anwar and subsequently lost the deputy premiership.

On 23 April 2006, he died at Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur due to poor heart and lung condition. He had been in critical condition for several months prior to his death. He was buried in an official state funeral at Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur on the same day alongside the graves of former Prime Ministers Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn and former Deputy Prime Minister Tun Dr Ismail before nightfall.[2][3]


  • Teachers' Union secretary (1946–1948)
  • Melaka UMNO Secretary (1951)
  • Melaka UMNO Chairman (1955)
  • Chief Minister of Malacca (1959–1963)
  • UMNO High Council member (1957)
  • UMNO Information Chief (1958)
  • UMNO Vice-President (1962–1987)
  • Barisan Nasional Secretary-General [1]
  • Federal Territory Barisan Nasional Chief [1]
  • Deputy Prime Minister (1986–1993)


Honour of Malaysia[edit]

Places named after him[edit]

Several places were named after him, including:

Notes and references[edit]

Preceded by
Musa Hitam
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
1986 – 1 December 1993
Succeeded by
Anwar Ibrahim