Kamarudin Jaffar

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Kamarudin Jaffar
قمرالدين بن جعفر
Marcin Przydacz, Kamarudin Jaffar standing.jpg
Marcin Przydacz, Kamarudin Jaffar (2022)
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
30 August 2021 – 24 November 2022
Prime MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
MinisterSaifuddin Abdullah
Preceded byhimself
Succeeded byMohamad Alamin
ConstituencyBandar Tun Razak
In office
10 March 2020 – 16 August 2021
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
MinisterHishammuddin Hussein
Preceded byMarzuki Yahya
Succeeded byhimself
ConstituencyBandar Tun Razak
Deputy Minister of Transport
In office
2 July 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterAnthony Loke Siew Fook
Preceded byAb Aziz Kaprawi
Succeeded byHasbi Habibollah
ConstituencyBandar Tun Razak
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bandar Tun Razak
In office
9 May 2018 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byAbdul Khalid Ibrahim (IND)
Succeeded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail (PHPKR)
Majority19,930 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tumpat
In office
29 November 1999 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byWan Jamil Wan Mahmood (PAS)
Succeeded byChe Abdullah Mat Nawi (PAS)
Majority10,442 (1999)
1,820 (2004)
9,377 (2008)
10,704 (2013)
Personal details
Kamarudin bin Jaffar

(1951-11-03) 3 November 1951 (age 71)
Wakaf Bharu, Tumpat, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUMNO (until 1999)
PAS (1999–2015)
PKR (2015–2020)
BERSATU (since 2020)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 1999)
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015–2020)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (since 2020)
SpouseYushazlinda Yaacob

Kamarudin bin Jaffar (Jawi: قمرالدين بن جعفر; born 3 November 1951) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Saifuddin Abdullah from August 2021 to November 2022. He served his first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Hishammudin Hussein from March 2020 to August 2021 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bandar Tun Razak from May 2018 to November 2022. He served as the Deputy Minister of Transport in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Anthony Loke from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020 and MP for Tumpat from November 1999 to May 2018. He is a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the ruling PN coalition and was a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH opposition coalition, Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a former component party of the former opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Alternatif (BA) coalitions and United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. [1][2]

Earlier Kamarudin was a member of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major component in Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition before switching to PAS in 1999.[3] While a member of UMNO, he was considered a close associate of then Deputy Prime Minister and later Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim,[4] and was held in custody with Anwar under the Internal Security Act (ISA).[5]

Kamarudin made his debut contesting but lost the Tumpat parliamentary constituency in 1995 general election when he was still in UMNO. Since switching to PAS, Kamarudin was elected to the Tumpat seat in the 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2013 elections.[6] For the 2004 election, he was the PAS Secretary-General.[3] He subsequently contested and won the Bandar Tun Razak constituency in the 2018 elections after joining PKR.

Kamarudin was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Transport from 2 July 2018 until 24 February 2020, which is part of Prime Minister Mahathir's 7th Cabinet.[7]


Kamarudin bin Jaffar was born on 3 November 1951 at Wakaf Bharu, Tumpat, Kelantan. Attended SRK Sultan Ibrahim, Pasir Mas, Kelantan (1958-1963). At the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (1964-1970) he studied with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. He furthered his studies at University of Kent, Canterbury, England (1971-1974) later at the University of London (1975-1976).


His wife Kamariah Kamarudin died on 11 November 2009 for colon cancer after receiving treatment at the Subang Jaya Medical Center (SJMC) including chemotherapy. At that time, Kamaruddin Jaafar was in Qatar. The body was prayed at Nurul Yaqin Mosque, SS7 Kelana Jaya and was buried at Bukit Kiara after Asar prayers.

They have four children, two sons and two daughters:

  1. Nur Adilah
  2. Saiful Adli
  3. Shahid Adli
  4. Nur Shifa

Kamaruddin Jaafar married for the second time with Datin Yushazlinda Yaacob on 10 March 2011. The wedding ceremony was held at Tengku Kelana Jaya Mosque Petra, Kelana Jaya, Selangor. His wife is from Melaka. Also present were Mahfuz Omar, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli.


  • Assistant Secretary, Research Division, Prime Minister's Department (1974-1975)
  • Lecturer, National University of Malaysia (1975-1985)
  • Political Secretary to Deputy Prime Minister, Tun Ghafar Baba (1986-1991)


  • Malaysian UMNO Youth Exco
  • Kelantan UMNO Youth chief
  • Tumpat Umno Division chief 1998
  • Secretary of the Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) Session 1983-1987
  • PAS Secretary General Session 2005-2007 and 2007-2009 session
  • Member of the Central Committee of PAS Session 2003-2005
  • PAS Liaison Committee 2003-2005
  • Tumpat PAS District Treasurer (2003 until 2015)

Joining UMNO[edit]

Kamaruddin Jaafar is seated with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim when advancing the Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia and Yayasan Anda Akademik in the Valley of the Coast near the University of Malaya.

While Anwar Ibrahim joined UMNO and became the Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, he was among the main leaders of ABIM who put their trust in UMNO with the intention of giving UMNO a deeper perspective. It was here that he was appointed chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, a think tank founded by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Other ABIM leaders joining UMNO were Kamaruddin, Anuar Tahir and Mohd Nor Monutty and many others surrounded Anwar Ibrahim. Anwar Ibrahim, surrounded by the people of ABIM, is disliked by the ranks of UMNO leaders such as Sanusi Junid. In 1995 he contested in Tumpat on BN/UMNO tickets but lost to a PAS candidate.

ISA Detention[edit]

On 22 September 1998, he and 12 other leaders were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) Section 73(1)(A). The detainee was

  1. Anwar Ibrahim, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
  2. Ruslan Kassim, Negeri Sembilan Umno Youth chief
  3. Kamaruddin Mat Noor, Semarak state assemblyman
  4. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, UMNO Youth chief and Bagan Datoh MP
  5. Ahmad Azam Abdul Rahman, President of ABIM
  6. Mukhtar Redhuan, ABIM's Vice President
  7. Shaharuddin Badaruddin, ABIM's Secretary-General
  8. Abdul Halim Ismail, ABIM's Vice President
  9. Kamarudin Jaffar, Chairman of the Institute for Policy Studies
  10. Tamunif Mokhtar, Cheras UMNO Division Chief
  11. Abdul Manan, President of the Islamic Student Association of Malaysia
  12. Prof. Dr. Sidek Baba, UIAM

Dismissed from UMNO and joined PAS[edit]

On 6 July 1999, the UMNO Supreme Council fired nine party members, including Tumpat Umno division chief Datuk Kamaruddin Jaafar, for involvement in assisting and joining opposition parties following the dismissal of his ABIM partner, Anwar Ibrahim. Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdullah Ahmad Badawi sent a show cause letter to them. Also dismissed were Ismail Yusof, Haji Said Othman, Tarmizi Ismail and Jumri Sabran from Umno Bukit Gantang. Abdullah Badawi (UMNO Johor Bahru), Senator Hamzah Mohd Zain (Chenderoh) and Saufi Daud and Mohamad Noor (UMNO Tumpat).

On 21 July 1999, he declared to join PAS Tumpat during a talk by PAS President and PAS Spiritual Leader Dato' Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat. To him, there is no room in UMNO to implement the political way of Islam.

Joining PKR[edit]

On 11 September 2015, Kamaruddin with Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib has left PAS and joined PKR. During the internal upheavals of PAS in 2015, he was seen closely with PAS split-off group Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB), which later formed the National Trust Party (AMANAH). Both figures say that their participation in PKR is aimed at strengthening the new coalition of the opposition and at the same time staying with AMANAH.[citation needed]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][8][9]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 P019 Tumpat, Kelantan. Kamarudin Jaffar (UMNO) 15,764 45.62% Wan Jamil Wan Mahmood (PAS) 17,682 51.17% 34,553 1,918 74.79%
1999 Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 23,218 63.34% Noor Zahidi Omar (UMNO) 12,776 34.85% 36,657 10,442 75.70%
2004 Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 27,919 50.68% Mat Nawawi Mat Jusoh (UMNO) 26,099 47.38% 55,090 1,820 77.80%
2008 Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 36,714 56.26% Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (UMNO) 27,337 41.89% 65,254 9,377 81.49%
2013 Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 46,141 55.62% Mansor Salleh (UMNO) 35,527 42.82% 82,962 10,704 84.11%
2018 P124 Bandar Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur. Kamarudin Jaffar (PKR) 41,126 57.78% Adnan Seman (UMNO) 21,196 29.78% 71,180 19,930 85.10%
Rosni Adam (PAS) 7,884 11.08%
2022 Kamarudin Jaffar (BERSATU) 33,659 36.18% Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR) 43,476 46.74% 93,021 9,817 78.05%
Chew Yin Keen (MCA) 15,886 17.08%



  1. ^ "Kamarudin bin Jaffar, Y.B. Dato' Haji" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Mat Taib, Kamaruddin Jaffar tinggal PAS, masuk PKR" (in Malay). Malaysiakini. 11 September 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Taking PAS into the future". The Star (Malaysia). 9 September 2005. Archived from the original on 11 September 2005. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Kamaruddin refutes report". New Straits Times. 24 June 1999. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Remaining 12 still in police custody". New Straits Times. 1 October 1998. Retrieved 22 December 2009.
  6. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 23 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "New ministers sworn in before King (updated) - Nation | The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  9. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.