Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

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Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

محمد نازري بن عبدالعزيز
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.png
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz interviewed during a press conference.
Ministerial roles
1995–1996Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
1996–1999Deputy Minister of Finance
1999–2004Minister of Entrepreneur Development
2004–2013Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
2013–2018Minister of Tourism and Culture
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1995–Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz

(1954-05-15) 15 May 1954 (age 67)
Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-January 2021)
(July 2021-present)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Alma materMalay College Kuala Kangsar
Lincoln's Inn
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Parliament of Malaysia

Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz (Jawi: محمد نازري بن عبدالعزيز; born 15 May 1954) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs, Minister of Entrepreneur Development, Deputy Minister of Finance I and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak as well as former Ministers Abang Abu Bakar, Anwar Ibrahim, Mahathir Mohamad, Mustapa Mohamed and Daim Zainuddin from May 1995 to the collapse of the BN administration in May 2018. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Padang Rengas since March 2004.[1] He is an alumnus of Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). He is a member and Division Chairman of Padang Rengas of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling BN coalition which is aligned with another ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition. However, on 12 January 2021, he publicly and personally announced his withdrawal of support and he was no longer aligned with PN as an MP although his coalition is, resulting in collapse of the PN administration led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin after PN lost the majority support by commanding the support of only 109 out of 220 MPs (at least 111) in the Dewan Rakyat, Parliament. His withdrawal of support was the third one from his coalition after the withdrawals of support of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Gua Musang MP) and Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub (Machang MP). But in July 2021, he publicaly said he supported back the Perikatan Nasional government that led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.[2]


He has an educational background in law and holds a Barrister At-Law Degree from Lincoln's Inn, United Kingdom. He is married to Haflin Saiful Azhar and has a daughter and three sons named Ferasha Mohamed Nazri, Mohamed Ferhad Mohamed Nazri, Mohamed Nedim Mohamed Nazri and Jean Pierre Azize Mohamed Nazri. He stays in Paris. He helped his beloved son escaped from death penalty.

Political career[edit]

At the grassroots level, Nazri was elected Exco of the Malaysian UMNO Youth Movement in 1978. He was later appointed as UMNO Youth Vice Chief in 1993 before acting as UMNO Youth Chief from the following year until 1996.

He was also appointed as the Chairman of the International Affairs Bureau of the Malaysian UMNO Youth Movement from 1986 to 1996 and the Chairman of the Barisan Nasional Malaysia Youth from 1990 to 1994. In addition, he was also appointed as a Member of the UMNO Supreme Council from 1990 to 2018.

He was appointed chairman of MARA from 17 March 1993 to 23 July 1995, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department from 1995 to 1999 and Deputy Minister of Finance II since 1999 until the dissolution of the Cabinet ahead of the general election in December 1999. He was later appointed Minister of Entrepreneur Development until 2004.

His experience as a Member of Parliament began after winning the Chenderoh parliamentary seat on the Barisan Nasional ticket in the 1995 Malaysian general election which he later successfully defended in the next term, (1999-2004). In addition, he was appointed Senator of the Senate from 1991 to 1995.

In the 2004 Malaysian general election, he moved to the Padang Rengas parliamentary seat as a result of the demarcation by the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC). He managed to win it after defeating the PKR candidate, Mohd Zolkafli bin Yahaya. He managed to retain the seat in 2008, 2013 and 2018 general elections.

Nazri was originally the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of legal affairs and judicial reform since 2004. After the 2008 general election, which saw the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition's majority in Parliament significantly reduced, the then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi reshuffled his cabinet and gave Nazri's legal affairs portfolio to Zaid Ibrahim but only lasted for 6 months when Zaid resigned in September 2008.[3][4] He was the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law and parliamentary affairs as of 2008.[5]


In January 2021, Nazri was tested positive for COVID-19 and warded at the Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab in Kota Baru.[6]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[7][8][9][10][11][12]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 Chenderoh Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 16,983 73% Saidin Mat Piah (S46) 5,190 22% 23,141 11,793 67.31%
1999 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 13,374 57% Hamzah Mohd Zain (PKR) 9,384 40% 23,397 3,990 64.77%
2004 Padang Rengas Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 9,214 66% Mohd Zolkafly Yahaya (PKR) 4,442 32% 18,132 5,563 72.93%
2008 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 9,830 54% Alias Zenon (PKR) 8,081 44% 18,350 1,749 75.21%
2013 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 13,005 55% Meor Ahmad Isharra Ishak (PKR) 10,775 45% 24,230 2,230 84.96%
2018 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz (UMNO) 10,491 41.50% Ejazi Yahaya (PKR) 7,943 31.42% 25,698 2,548 82.91%
Mohd Azalan Mohd Radzi (PAS) 6,847 27.08%
Ahmad Affandi Fairuz (KITA) 1,380 16.07%



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  3. ^ Deborah Loh (18 March 2008). "It's going to be one hell of a Parliament". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Malaysian minister quits in furore over crackdown". Agence France-Presse. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
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