Rafidah Aziz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
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.
Tan Sri
Rafidah binti Aziz
Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in 2008
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Kangsar, Perak
In office
3 August 1986 – 5 May 2013
Succeeded by Dato' Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad
Chairwoman of UMNO's Women's Wing
In office
1999 – 26 March 2009
Preceded by Datin Paduka Siti Zaharah
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 73)
Kuala Kangsar, Perak
Political party UMNOBN
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam

Tan Sri Rafidah binti Aziz (born 4 November 1943) is a Malaysian politician who was Member of Parliament for the Kuala Kangsar constituency from 1986 to 2013. Born in Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Rafidah was Minister of International Trade and Industry from 1987 to 2008. As minister, she was the chairman of MATRADE beginning in 1991.

Rafidah was the head of United Malays National Organisation's Woman Wing (Wanita UMNO in Malay) from 1999 to 2009, before losing out in the 2009 UMNO General Assembly election to Shahrizat Abdul Jalil after seeking re-election for another term.

In 2006, Rafidah was accused of corruption related to the issuance of Approved Permits (AP) for importing foreign vehicles by former Prime Minister Mahathir bin 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 was still retained as a Cabinet member although two people on the list of persons issued with highest number of APs were linked to her.[1]

In March 2008, following the general election held in that month, Rafidah 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 Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had told her earlier on not to contest the election.[3]

Rafidah was an active member in the Malaysian political scene, having previously been appointed as a Member of the Malaysian Parliament. She was appointed as Senator in 1974 and resigned to contest in the General Elections in 1978. She served as Member of Parliament in the Selayang Constituency (from 1978 to 1982) and Kuala Kangsar Constituency (from 1982 to 2013). She served in the UMNO Supreme Council for 38 years since winning a seat in the council in 1975. She is Malaysia's longest-serving Minister of International Trade and Industry, having served in that capacity from 1987 to 2008. Previously, she also hold the portfolio of Minister of Public Enterprises from 1980 to 1987 and Deputy Minister of Finance from 1977 to 1980. In 1976, she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Public Enterprises.

Rafidah also had experience lecturing at the faculty of Economics and Administration at the University of Malaya. She started her career as a tutor and lecturer in the Faculty of Economics, University of Malaya from 1966 to 1976. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1966 and a master's degree in Economics in 1970, both from the same university.[4]

Rafidah currently serves as the Non-Executive Independent Chairman and Director of AirAsia X since March 3, 2011. She is also the Chairman of Supermax Corporation Berhad since June 16, 2015.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kuala Kangsar, Perak[5]
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%


Quotations related to Rafidah Aziz at Wikiquote