Hamzah Abu Samah

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Hamzah Abu Samah
President of AFC
In office
9 December 1978 – 1 August 1994
Preceded byKambiz Atabay
Succeeded byAhmad Shah
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
In office
22 April 1971 – 1 May 1973
Prime MinisterTun Abdul Razak
Preceded byHamzah Ali
Succeeded byMuhyiddin Yassin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Temerloh, Pahang
In office
Personal details
Born(1924-01-05)5 January 1924
Kuala Lipis, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died4 September 2012(2012-09-04) (aged 88)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting placeMakam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation

Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah (5 January 1924 – 4 September 2012)[1][2] was a Malaysian politician, lawyer and sports administrator who served as President of Asian Football Confederation from 9 December 1978 to 1 August 1994.


Samah was educated at Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He went on to study law at Gray's Inn in England. He became a Member of Parliament representing Raub (1967-1978) and Temerloh (1978-1980) in Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia's parliament.

Additionally he was Minister of Sports and Youth from 22 April 1971 to 1 May 1973 in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. He was defence minister from 1973-1980 and Trade and Industry Minister from 1974-1980. In 1980, he stepped down after having a coronary bypass operation.[3]

He was a member of IOC from 1978 to 2004 and was an honorary member until his death.[4]

He died on 4 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. He was 88 years old. His body was buried in Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.


Honour of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "Tan Sri Hamzah Bin Datuk Abu Samah". National Archives of Malaysia. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  2. ^ "Tan Sri Hamzah Bin Datuk Abu Samah". National Archives of Malaysia. Retrieved 2018-10-02. (in Malay)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2012-09-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Tan Sri Hamzah ABU SAMAH | Malaysia | IOC Member since 1978
  5. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".

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Civic offices
Preceded by
Kambiz Atabay
President of Asian Football Confederation
Succeeded by
Ahmad Shah of Pahang