Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri
Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.png
Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz interviewed during a press conference.
Minister of Tourism and Culture
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Preceded by Ng Yen Yen (Tourism portfolio)
Rais Yatim (Culture portfolio)
Member of Parliament for Padang Rengas, Perak
Assumed office
Preceded by New constituency
Minister in the Prime Minister Department
Law & Parliamentary Affairs
In office
27 March 2004 – 15 May 2013
Succeeded by Nancy Shukri
Malaysian Minister of Entrepreneur Development
In office
15 December 1999 – 26 March 2004
Preceded by Mustapa Mohamed
Succeeded by Mohamed Khaled Nordin (as Minister of Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development)
Personal details
Born Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz
(1954-05-15) 15 May 1954 (age 63)
Perak, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz (born 15 May 1954) is a Malaysian politician from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Nazri presently is the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Padang Rengas constituency in Perak, representing UMNO.[1] He is also the incumbent Minister of Tourism and Culture.

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 Tun 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.[2][3] He was the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of law and parliamentary affairs as of 2008.[4]

Nazri is an alumnus of Malay College Kuala Kangsar.


In June 2005, Nazri caused controversy when he shouted the phrase "racist" (or variants of it) 28 times in Parliament. A request by opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) lawmaker Fong Po Kuan for Nazri to take back his comments went unheeded. The incident occurred during a debate on the Malaysian Medical Council's derecognition of Crimea State Medical University (CSMU) medical degrees; most Malaysian students sent to study there were of Indian extraction. Nazri has since used the phrase "bloody racist" on Tun Dr. Mahathir because the latter supports a controversial government programme that allegedly indoctrinates racist sentiments in civil servants and public university students.[5] Opposition Member of Parliament Karpal Singh said Nazri had misled Parliament when he said judges involved in the 1988 Judicial crisis were not sacked but were asked to take early retirement.[6] Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad also refuted Nazri's suggestion saying Tun Salleh Abas and two of the five other judges involved in the 1988 judicial crisis had not been dismissed but were asked to retire early. He said Salleh Abas was sacked as Lord President but obtained a pension on grounds of compassion.[7]

In 2006, he been called the hatchetman of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, then Prime Minister of Malaysia, by Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, for defending Abdullah in Mahathir's ongoing criticisms against the government.[citation needed]

In 2009, photos surfaced of a woman and a man rumoured to be Nazri in a compromising position but several politicians who were close to him said the man in the pictures is not him.[8]

In September 2010, he came out openly in the defence of Prime Minister Najib's 1Malaysia policy, saying that he is a Malaysian first and a Malay next. This is in complete opposition to that expressed by the Deputy Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, who has time and again reiterated that he is Malay first and Malaysian second.[citation needed]

In 2016, he was criticised for his decision to threaten to stop tourism funding from his ministry to Sabah and Sarawak if both the states did not implement a proposed tourism service fee of between RM5 and RM30 on each hotel room booking.[9] As a reaction to his statement, the Sabah State Tourism, Environment and Culture Assistant Minister Pang Nyuk Ming said:

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Chenderoh, Perak[12]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1995 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 16,983 73% Saidin Mat Piah (S46) 5,190 22%
1999 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 13,374 57% Hamzah Mohd Zain (PKR) 9,384 40%
Parliament of Malaysia: P61 Padang Rengas, Perak[13][14]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 9,214 66% Mohd Zolkafly Yahaya (PKR) 4,442 32%
2008 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 9,830 54% Alias Zenon (PKR) 8,081 44%
2013 Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz 13,005 55% Meor Ahmad Isharra Ishak (PKR) 10,775 45%

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Mohamed Nazri bin Tan Sri Abdul Aziz, Y.B. Dato' Seri" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 11 December 2009. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Loh, Deborah (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. 
  3. ^ "Malaysian minister quits in furore over crackdown", AFP, 15 September 2008.
  4. ^ Kaur, Manjit (5 December 2005). "Kok did not break law by showing clip, says Nazri". The Star.
  5. ^ "'Nazri calls Dr. M a racist for defending BTN and Beruk'". The Malaysian Insider. 7 December 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Karpal: Nazri misled Parliament". Bernama. Malaysia Today. 8 November 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Salleh was sacked, says Dr M". News Straits Times. 9 November 2008. Archived from the original on 12 November 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2008. 
  8. ^ [TheStar(2009)Man in photo with woman 'not Nazri'. Retrieved 27 September 2009 from webpage]
  9. ^ "New daily hotel fee plan but Sabah can opt out". Daily Express. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  10. ^ Muguntan Vanar (5 September 2016). "Government's responsibility to provide funding to promote Sabah tourism". The Star. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  11. ^ "Pang slams 'idiotic' threat to withhold tourism allocation". The Borneo Post. 5 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. 
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 14 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  13. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 12 March 2017.  Results only available from the 2004 election.