|Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun
|Spouse of the Prime Minister of Malaysia|
9 June 2007 – 3 April 2009
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Prime Minister||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Preceded by||Endon Mahmood|
|Succeeded by||Rosmah Mansor|
29 July 1953
Kuala Lumpur, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (m. 2007)
|Religion||Islam (formerly Roman Catholic)|
Tun Jeanne Abdullah née Danker is the current wife of former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. She married Abdullah Badawi while he was in office. She was his second wife after the death of Badawi's first wife, Endon Mahmood.
Jeanne was formerly married to the younger brother of Abdullah's first late wife. She was also a manager at the Seri Perdana residential complex and has two children from her previous marriage. However, earlier in March that year, the premier dismissed rumours about his plans to remarry even though the rumours had been circulating for more than a year.
Born Jeanne Danker on 29 July 1953 in Kuala Lumpur to a Roman Catholic Portuguese-Eurasian family, she was the eldest of four siblings. She is an alumna of Assunta Secondary School in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Jeanne worked in the hotel management field at major hotels including Kuala Lumpur Hilton and the Pan Pacific Hotel. At one point, she was supervisor of the Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister's official residence while Abdullah Badawi was Deputy Prime Minister, and became the manager of Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's residence, when Abdullah assumed the premiership.
Jeanne has two daughters, Nadiah Kimie, 38 and Nadene Kimie, 36 from her previous marriage. Nadiah runs a visual communications company in Kuala Lumpur. Nadene is involved in the fashion industry, dealing with fashion-related and lifestyle projects.
Marriage with Abdullah
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On 9 June 2007 she was escorted in a Proton Chancellor car bearing the Prime Minister’s favourite license number 13, by police from her home in Damansara Perdana to be married to Abdullah Badawi at a private ceremony attended by close family members at the Prime Minister's official residence, Seri Perdana in Putrajaya. The bride-to-be arrived at around 2.20 pm. Among the wedding guests which included some 50 relatives were Abdullah’s daughter, Nori, daughter-in-law Azrene Abdullah, his four grandchildren, Jeanne’s two daughters, her father Mathew Danker and Endon’s nine surviving brothers and sisters. Also present at the private wedding were Yayasan Budi Penyayang executive officer Leela Mohd Ali, Abdullah’s private secretary Datuk Mohamed Thajudeen Abdul Wahab, his brother-in-law Telekom Malaysia Berhad chairman Tan Sri Muhammad Radzi Mansor and wife Puan Sri Aizah Mahmood.
The marriage was solemnised in the surau of Seri Perdana by the Imam from the Putra Mosque of Putrajaya, Haji Abd Manaf Mat, at 2.50 pm and was witnessed by the prime minister's son, Kamaluddin, and son-in-law, Khairy Jamaluddin. Abdullah slipped a solitaire diamond ring onto Jeanne's left ring finger and kissed her on the cheek. Jeanne then slipped a wedding band on Abdullah’s finger before taking his hands together into hers and kissing them.
Later in the evening, Abdullah and Jeanne visited Endon's grave which is located at the Taman Selatan Muslim cemetery in Precinct 20 of Putrajaya.
Her first official engagement as the wife of the Prime Minister was when she accompanied Abdullah to Brunei on 11 June 2007 to attend a banquet hosted by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei in conjunction with the wedding of the Sultan's fourth daughter Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah to Pengiran Khairul Khalil Pengiran Syed Haji Jaafar.
At a press conference after the engagement was announced, Abdullah stated he had known her for about two decades, as she had been his sister-in-law; Jeanne had been married to Othman Mahmood, who was the younger brother of Abdullah's first wife, Tun Endon Mahmood. Abdullah also denied that Endon had asked him to marry Jeanne, but said Endon had loved her as "Otherwise she would not have asked her to manage our official residence". Abdullah also said that there would be no bersanding ceremony or hantaran (exchange of wedding gifts) as this was not his first marriage.
During late 2007, Toh puan Jeanne Abdullah was made Open University Malaysia's second chancellor. The first was the late Tun Endon Mahmood, the former Prime Minister's first wife before passing away. In addition to that she is Chairperson of Landskap Malaysia and patron of Paralympic Council of Malaysia.
Upon marriage to Abdullah, Jeanne was automatically conferred the female version of her husband's honorific title, Dato' Seri, which is Datin Seri. Later on 3 April 2009, the King of Malaysia, Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin at Istana Negara awarded the Seri Setia Mahkota (SSM) upon Jeanne. The SSM carried the honorific title Toh Puan. The award was carried out on occasion of the handing over of power from her husband to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Honour of Malaysia
Notes and references
- "Prime Minister To Wed Jeanne Abdullah Saturday". Bernama. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011.
- "Prime Minister To Wed Jeanne Abdullah Badawi Saturday". Bernama. 6 June 2007. Archived from the original on 27 June 2007.
- "Jeanne Abdullah: I am proud to be a Muslim." Asia One News. Sunday 10 August 2008. Retrieved on 27 September 2009.
- Carolyn, Hong; Chow, Kum Hor (7 June 2007). "Abdullah's bride-to-be no stranger to his family". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 10 October 2007.
- Shari, Izatun (7 June 2007). "PM speaks to reporters about his weekend marriage and bride-to-be". The Star. Archived from the original on 14 October 2007.
- "Jeanne is OUM's second chancellor". The Star. 8 December 2007. Archived from the original on 15 February 2011.
- "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan.".