Zulhasnan Rafique

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Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Dr Haji
Zulhasnan Rafique
Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories
In office
27 March 2006 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Isa Abdul Samad
Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (acting)
Succeeded by Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
15th Malaysian Ambassador to the United States
Assumed office
28 December 2016
Monarch Muhammad V
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Awang Adek Hussin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Setiawangsa
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Ahmad Fauzi Zahari
Personal details
Born (1954-09-20) 20 September 1954 (age 63)
Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Spouse(s) Puan Sri Datin Seri Utama Siti Nooriah Razak
Children 3 children
Occupation Politician
Website www.umnosetiawangsa.com.my

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Haji Zulhasnan Rafique (born 20 September 1954) is a Malaysian politician and the former Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories. He is a former Member of Parliament for Setiawangsa[1] in Kuala Lumpur and a supreme council member in the United Malay National Organisation, the main component party in the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.


On 27 March 2004, following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Federal Territory and Klang Valley Planning and Development Division was upgraded to a full-fledged ministry. Its responsibility expanded to include jurisdiction over the territories of Labuan and Putrajaya. Zulhasnan was the first deputy minister to be appointed to the ministry.

Tan Sri Isa bin Hj Abdul Samad was the first minister to be appointed. However, Isa was dismissed from office after he was found guilty of corruption charges related to money politics during the UMNO General Assembly Election of 2005. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (then the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development) assumed the responsibilities of acting minister until a replacement could be found.

On 16 February 2006, Tan Sri Zulhasnan Rafique was appointed the Federal Territories Minister.[1] Under the leadership of Zulhasnan, a strategic plan that focused on development plans for all three Federal Territories was created. He was dropped from the new cabinet on 9 April 2009 by Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak who took over as the 6th Prime Minister. He was not chosen by Barisan Nasional to recontest the Setiawangsa seat in the 2013 election.[2]

He joined the Royal Malaysian Air Force as a fighter pilot and retired in 1985 with the rank of major before entering politics.[1]

He is currently the Malaysian ambassador to the United States, replacing Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin in December 2016.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Ex-pilot scales new heights as Federal Territories minister". TheStar Online. 15 February 2006. Retrieved 30 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Lingham, Mitra (3 April 2013). "Setiawangsa : Zulhasnan not one to rest on his laurels". The Malaysian Times. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Former FT Minister Zulhasnan Appointed As The New Malaysian Ambassador To United States". Malaysian Digest.