Syed Hamid Albar
|Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Seri
Syed Hamid Albar
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kota Tinggi, Johor
|Preceded by||Musa Hitam|
|Succeeded by||Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd Harun Narrashid|
|Malaysian Minister of Home Affairs|
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
|Preceded by||Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad|
|Succeeded by||Hishammuddin Hussein|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia|
1999 – 17 March 2008
|Preceded by||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Succeeded by||Rais Yatim|
15 January 1944 |
Kampung Melayu Air Hitam, Penang, Malaysia
|Political party||United Malays National Organisation|
|Spouse(s)||Sharifah Aziah Syed Zainal Abidin|
Tan Sri Datuk Seri Syed Hamid bin Syed Jaafar Albar (Arabic: سيد حامد بن سيد جعفر البار Sayyid Ḥāmid bin Sayyid Ja'far al-bār; born 15 January 1944) was a senior Malaysian government minister in the 1990s and 2000s. He was the Minister for Home Affairs (2008–2009), Minister for Foreign Affairs (1999–2008), Minister for Defence (1995–1999) and Minister for Justice (1990–1995). He was a member of the Parliament of Malaysia from 1990 to 2013, representing the seat of Kota Tinggi, Johor, for the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is currently the chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission.
Syed Hamid was born in Kampung Melayu Air Hitam, Penang, Malaysia, to Syed Jaafar Albar, an UMNO politician and former cabinet minister. Syed Hamid's father was of Hadhrami Arab descent, and migrated from Indonesia to Malaysia shortly before World War II.
He had his secondary education at Maxwell School before going to Methodist Boys' School (Kuala Lumpur) for his Form Six education. For his tertiary education, he read law in the Inns of Court, London and was called to the Degree of an Utter Barrister by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple in 1970. As a student in London, he set up a club for Malaysian expatriates and students.
He is married with 6 children.
Syed Hamid has been active in UMNO in his student days, including while studying in the United Kingdom. After returning to Malaysia he became a magistrate, and then president of the Sessions Court, before entering the corporate world. In 1986 he won election to UMNO's Supreme Council and entered Parliament in 1990, as the member for Kota Tinggi. He was immediately appointed as Minister for Justice, and in 1995 became the Defence Minister.
In 1999, he was appointed as the Foreign Minister. In March 2008, he was appointed as the Home Minister. In April 2009, he was dropped from the Cabinet by the incoming prime minister Najib Razak. The previous month he had contested, but failed to win, one of UMNO's three vice-president positions at the party's general assembly. He left Parliament in 2013, deciding not to re-contest the seat of Kota Tinggi, which he had held by large margins since 1990.
|1990||Syed Hamid Albar (UMNO)||36,504||79%||Ma'on Omar (S46)||9,956||21%|
|1995||Syed Hamid Albar (UMNO)||36,776||92%||Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (PAS)||3,007||8%|
|1999||Syed Hamid Albar (UMNO)||36,819||86%||Rosdin Taha Abd Rahman (Keadilan)||5,651||13%|
|2004||Syed Hamid Albar (UMNO)||–||–||Unopposed||–||–|
|2008||Syed Hamid Albar (UMNO)||22,682||86%||Onn Jaafar (PAS)||3,721||14%|
- Deadline should be set for its usage in courts, New Straits Times, p. 6
- Syed Hamid Albar is head of public transport commission
- The Straits Times, 1 June 2007, Insight–Boosting links, 'software' to rekindle Arab ties, by Jeremy Au Yong
- The world's successful diasporas
- Speech by Dato Seri Syed Hamid Albar
- "40 Years of ASEAN: Its Evolution and its Challenges today". London School of Economics. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Ahmad Zahid, Hishammuddin, Shafie Win Umno Veep Posts". Bernama. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Syed Hamid quits Kota Tinggi, urges support for replacement". The Malaysian Insider. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.. Percentages exclude informal votes.