Rafidah Aziz

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This is a Malay name; the name Aziz is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Rafidah.
Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri
Rafidah Aziz
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in 2008
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Kangsar, Perak
In office
Preceded by Yong Fatimah Mohd. Razali
Succeeded by Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad
Chairwoman of UMNO's Women's Wing
In office
1999 – 26 March 2009
Preceded by Siti Zaharah Sulaiman
Succeeded by Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Malaysian Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
20 May 1987 – 18 March 2008
Preceded by Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Succeeded by Muhyiddin Yassin
Personal details
Born (1943-11-04) 4 November 1943 (age 71)
Kuala Kangsar, Perak, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party UMNOBN
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz (born 4 November 1943) is a Malaysian politician and the former Member of Parliament for the Kuala Kangsar constituency from 1986 to 2013.


Born in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Rafidah was of Minangkabau descent from Rao, West Sumatera. She was the former Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1987 to 2008. As minister, she had been the chairman of MATRADE since 1991.

She was also the head of United Malays National Organisation's Woman Wing (Wanita UMNO in Malay) but lost in 2009 UMNO General Assembly election to Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil after seeking re-election for another term.

In 2006, she was accused of corruption related to the issuance of Approved Permits (AP) for importing foreign vehicles by former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in his series of criticisms against the Government of Malaysia. Mahathir had also criticised then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's handling of the Approved Permits (AP) issue, expressing his surprise that Rafidah Aziz was still retained as a Cabinet member although two people on the list of persons issued with highest number of APs were linked to Rafidah.[1]

In March 2008, following the general election held in that month, she was dropped from cabinet, despite winning her parliamentary seat when other ministers had lost theirs. After thirty two years in government service, and twenty years as a minister, she described herself as being "blessed and content."[2] When asked if she was saddened, she said that she wished then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had told her earlier on not to contest the election.[3]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kuala Kangsar, Perak[4]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1986 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 16,196 69% Ab Aziz Ishak (PAS) 6,598 28%
1990 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 16,548 64% Jamaluddin Mohd Din (S46) 8,554 33%
1995 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 15,393 73% Abdul Kahlid Mohd Nasir (S46) 4,744 23%
1999 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 12,074 55% Asmuni Awi (PAS) 9,300 42%
2004 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 12,938 64% Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS) 6,747 33%
2008 Rafidah Aziz (UMNO) 10,735 52% Khairuddin Abd Malik (PAS) 9,277 45%