Tengku Adnan

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Tengku Adnan
MP
Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Deputy Loga Bala Mohan Jaganathan
Preceded by Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Member of Parliament
for Putrajaya
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded by Constituency established
Malaysian Minister of Tourism
In office
14 February 2006 – 17 March 2008
Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi
Preceded by Leo Michael Toyad
Succeeded by Azalina Othman Said
Personal details
Born Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor
(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950 (age 66)
Malacca, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Enny Beatrice Ferlat Kusumo Anggraini
Children 4 sons
6 daughters
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Politician
Website www.tengkuadnan.com

Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor (born 20 December 1950) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories. He was the Malaysian Minister of Tourism from 2006 to 2008, and he was appointed as the Secretary-General of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) following the resignation of Dato' Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad on 20 March 2008.

Early life[edit]

Born in Malacca, Malaysia, Adnan obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mara Technology Institute (Malay: Institut Teknologi Mara, ITM), which is now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malay: Universiti Teknologi Mara, UiTM), and a BBA from the University of Southern California.

Adnan held important positions in the corporate sector, such as Director and Chairman of Far East Asset (FEA) and Chairman of UNZA Holdings Bhd.

He is of Acehnese descent.[1] However, on Christopher Buyers website of royal genealogy, question arises on his Tengku royal title: "eldest son of Mansor bin Haji Baba (a.k.a. Tengku Muhammad Mansor bin Tengku Haji Baba), a gentleman of Tamil (or claimed Acehnese Teuku origin??) origin, who assumed the title of Tengku two years after his son".[2]

Family[edit]

Adnan is married to Datin Seri Enny Beatrice Ferlat Kusumo Anggraini. They have two sons and four daughters; Iqbal, Natasya, Hafiz, Nadira, Najwa and Nabila. Adnan has two sons and two daughters from his previous marriage; Daud, Balqish, Yazir and Nadiah.

Political career[edit]

Adnan joined politics in the early 1980s. He became Treasurer of the UMNO Youth wing in 1988. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in 1993 but lost the position in 1996. He was appointed as Federal Territory liaison chairman in June 2000. On 29 November 2001, he was appointed the Chairman of the Federal Territory Barisan Nasional. In 2003, he was appointed the Chief of the Putrajaya UMNO, and later he won the position again uncontested in the party election in June 2004. In September 2004, he was successful in a bid for an UMNO Supreme Council seat.

Adnan won the Parliamentary seat of Putrajaya in the March 2004 general election by defeating Abdul Rahman Othman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

Adnan was appointed as the Tourism Minister, replacing Datuk Dr. Leo Michael Toyad, on 14 February 2006. He was dropped from the cabinet following the March 2008 general election, where the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition received a serious drubbing at the polls.

After his victory for third time in 13th Malaysian General Election, Adnan has returned to the cabinet and appointed as Minister of the Federal Territories.[3]

Controversies[edit]

Lingam Videoclip controversy[edit]

Adnan was called to testify in front of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Video Clip investigating the allegation of illegal intervention in the appointment process of Malaysian judges that allegedly occurred in 2002. The formation of the commission was a follow-up to a recommendation by a three-man panel which was tasked to determine the authenticity of a video clip of a telephone conversation that raised the allegation.

Following the findings of the Royal Commission, the Malaysian cabinet ordered the Attorney-General to immediately direct agencies to investigate the allegations levelled against six prominent individuals identified in the Lingam video clip affair. The six are former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, retired chief justices Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Adnan Mansor, tycoon Tan Vincent Tan and prominent lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam.

There was sufficient cause to invoke the Sedition Act 1948, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1961, the Legal Profession Act 1976, the Official Secrets Act 1972 and the Penal Code against some of the principal individuals involved,[4] however as of recently, no action has been taken by the Barisan Nasional government against the individuals involved.

Female bloggers controversy[edit]

Adnan was involved in another controversy with regards to a statement he made about female bloggers where he was quoted as calling female bloggers liars. This caused an uproar among the blogger community and attracted a lot of negative reactions.[5] He was quoted as saying in Malaysian Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily and Singaporean English daily, the Straits Times:

...All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.[6][7]

Federal territories expansion proposal[edit]

On 1 February 2017, Tengku Adnan announced his desire to expand the federal territories to include Penang, Langkawi and parts of Malacca to help people regardless of race and to ensure equal development. This drew criticism especially from the Penang state government and several opposition leaders.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mengenal Tengku Adnan bin Mansor; Menteri Malaysia Keturunan Aceh". Retrieved 2015-10-09. 
  2. ^ http://www.royalark.net/Malaysia/pahang7.htm
  3. ^ "Tengku Adnan returns to Cabinet after 5-year hiatus". The Star. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Royal Commission on Lingam video clip: Cabinet orders probe on Dr M, ex-CJs". The News Straits Times. 16 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "A cyber war in Malaysian politics?". The Malaysian Insider. 19 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  6. ^ Sin Chew Daily. 8 March 2007 http://www.sinchew.com.my/.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "MALAYSIA: Bloggers see red over tourism chief's 'insults'". AsiaMedia UCLA (Reproducing article by Straits Times, Singapore). 13 March 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ku Nan: Don't politicise proposal for federal territories to include Penang". 
  9. ^ "No way, says LGE on Penang becoming a federal territory". 
Preceded by
Leo Michael Toyad
Malaysian Minister of Tourism
14 February 2006 – 17 March 2008
Succeeded by
Azalina Othman Said