Hamzah Zainudin

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Hamzah Zainudin
حمزة زين الدين
Dato' Seri Hamzah Zainudin.png
Hamzah in 2020
Ministerial roles
2008–2009Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government
2009–2013Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
2013–2015Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2015–2018Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism
2020–Minister of Home Affairs
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2018Barisan Nasional
2018–2019Independent
2019–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2000–2006Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Born
Hamzah bin Zainudin

(1957-03-12) 12 March 1957 (age 64)
Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyBERSATU (2019-present)
Independent (2018-2019)
UMNO (until 2018)
Other political
affiliations
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-present)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2019-2020)
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2018)
Spouse(s)Norashikin Abdul Ghani
OccupationPolitician

Dato' Seri Hamzah bin Zainudin (Jawi: حمزة بن زين الدين; born 12 March 1957) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Home Affairs for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. He served his first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to August 2021. He served as Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities and Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government in the BN administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from March 2008 to May 2018. He is a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coaliton and was a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He has also served as Secretary-General of both BERSATU and PN since March 2020. [1]

Political career[edit]

Hamzah was elected to the House of Representatives in the 2008 election and was appointed a Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government.[2][3] He was previously a member of the Malaysian Senate[4] and Chairman of the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (FELCRA).[5]

He served as the Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities and Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from March 2008 to the defeat of BN in the 2018 general election in May 2018. He has also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Larut since March 2008. Presently he is a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) and its 3rd Secretary-General since March 2020, a component party of the ruling PN coalition and he also serves as its 1st Secretary-General. He was a member of the then-ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition.[6] He subsequently resigned from UMNO to join BERSATU in December 2018.[7]

In 2020, when the Pakatan Harapan government crumpled due to Mahathir Muhammad's sudden resignation after trying to eradicate those who are involved in the Sheraton Move but failed. He was elected as the Home Minister by the newly appointed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.[1]

Controversies[edit]

In 2021, he was caught having a phone conversation with the soon to retire IGP to allow him to internally transfer staffs and also enable him to have over certain jurisdiction of Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) which will indirectly interfere with the operation and reduce society trust to the PDRM. At the IGP's last week in office, Abdul Hamid Bador revealed all the dirty tricks of Hamzah trial efforts to interfere with the PDRM and how it will affect the PDRM's reputation.[1] With full confidence, he acknowledged that the voice of the recording was his and stand being corrected as it is not unlawful despite IGP's comment on how politician's interference will make operations hard for the PDRM.[8][9][10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

On 12 January 2021, the Ministry of Home Affairs reported that Hamzah tested positive for COVID-19.[13] Among the members of the Muhyiddin Cabinet, Hamzah became the third minister in four days to test positive, joining Mustapa Mohamed and Rina Harun.[14] He was fully recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from ward after less than two weeks being treated and quarantined at University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) on 24 January 2021.[15][16]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P56 Larut, Perak[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Hamzah Zainudin (UMNO) 15,878 53.20% Mohd Dhari Othman (PAS) 13,967 46.80% 30,589 1,911 77.06%
2013 Hamzah Zainudin (UMNO) 22,184 56.38% Mohd Fauzi Shaari (PAS) 16,888 42.92% 40,100 5,296 86.09%
Raveendran M. Vallikana (IND) 278 0.70%
2018 Hamzah Zainudin (UMNO) 18,184 45.90% Abu Husin Mohammad (PAS) 13,698 34.57% 40,470 4,486 81.84%
Khairil Anuar Akhiruddin (BERSATU) 7,738 19.53%

Honours[edit]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Maya Suraya (16 June 2021). "From Property To Politics: Who Is Hamzah Zainudin? Malaysia's Home Minister was a business man before turning to politics". The Rakyat Post. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Branch Offices of Solid Waste Management Corporation To Be Set Up". Berita Wilayah. 30 March 2008. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Don't sideline Umno, BN elected reps told". Daily Express (East Malaysia). 20 August 2006. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  5. ^ Leoi Leoi, Sim (19 April 2003). "Felcra reminded of its social obligations". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Hamzah Zainudin, Y.B. Datuk" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  7. ^ Mazwin Nik Anis, Muguntan Vanar and Zakiah Koya (15 December 2018). "Six more MPs leave Umno". The Star. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  8. ^ "It's me in leaked audio recording, confirms Hamzah". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  9. ^ "It was me, nothing wrong with it, Hamzah says of leaked audio recording". The Star. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  10. ^ "Report: Ex-IGP Hamid says Home Minister Hamzah trying to configure Special Branch for own political gains". Malay Mail. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  11. ^ "Ex-IGP blasts Hamzah again, claims he exploited Special Branch". Focus Malaysia. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  12. ^ "M'sian Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin latest cabinet member to test positive for Covid-19". Today Online. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Hamzah Zainudin tests positive for COVID-19; third Cabinet case in 4 days". CNA. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  14. ^ "Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin discharged from hospital after recovering from Covid-19". Bernama. Malay Mail. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  15. ^ Ida Lim (27 January 2021). "Here's the full list of Malaysia's ministers, lawmakers who tested Covid-19 positive in January". Malay Mail. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  16. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout.
  17. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  18. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  19. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  20. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  21. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  22. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  23. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  24. ^ a b c "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  25. ^ "Zahid Hamidi penerima pertama Seri Paduka Sultan Nazrin Shah". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 28 November 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  26. ^ "Ismail Sabri, Hamzah Zainudin head list of 679 Sabah award recipients". The Star Online. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  27. ^ "Hamzah Zainudin, Ismail Sabri antara empat dapat Datuk Seri Panglima Sabah" (in Malay). Berita Harian. 2 October 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2020.