Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Dato' Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (Jawi: احمد زاهيد حميدي; born 4 January 1953) is a Malaysian politician and incumbent President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) since 2018. He was appointed Acting President of UMNO in May 2018 following the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak on 12 May 2018, and elected as President in the 2018 UMNO leadership election. He took leave as the UMNO President for about six months from 18 December 2018 to 30 June 2019. He also served as the Leader of the Opposition from 18 July 2018 to 10 March 2019.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
احمد زاهيد حميدي
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in 2017
|President of the |
United Malays National Organisation
|Assumed office |
Acting: 12 May 2018 – 30 June 2018
30 June 2018
(On leave: 18 December 2018 – 30 June 2019)
|Deputy||Hishammuddin Hussein (Acting)|
|Preceded by||Najib Razak|
|11th Leader of the Opposition|
18 July 2018 – 10 March 2019
|Monarch||Muhammad V |
|Prime Minister||Mahathir Mohamad|
|Preceded by||Wan Azizah Wan Ismail|
|Succeeded by||Ismail Sabri Yaakob|
|11th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia|
29 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
|Prime Minister||Najib Razak|
|Preceded by||Muhyiddin Yassin|
|Succeeded by||Wan Azizah Wan Ismail|
|Minister of Home Affairs|
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
|Prime Minister||Najib Razak|
|Deputy||1. Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (2013-2015)|
2. Nur Jazlan Mohamed (2015-2018)
3 . Masir Kujat (2015-2018)
|Preceded by||Hishammuddin Hussein|
|Succeeded by||Muhyiddin Yassin|
|Minister of Defence|
10 April 2009 – 16 May 2013
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Prime Minister||Najib Razak|
|Deputy||Abdul Latiff Ahmad|
|Preceded by||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Succeeded by||Hishammuddin Hussein|
|Minister in the Prime Minister's Department|
19 March 2008 – 10 April 2009
|Monarch||Mizan Zainal Abidin|
|Prime Minister||Abdullah Ahmad Badawi|
|Preceded by||Abdullah Md Zin|
|Succeeded by||Jamil Khir Baharom|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
for Bagan Datuk
|Assumed office |
25 April 1995
|Preceded by||Mohamed Jamrah|
Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi
4 January 1953
Bagan Datoh, Perak, Federation of Malaya
|Residence||Bagan Datuk, Perak|
|Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Facebook|
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Parliament of Malaysia
He previously served as Deputy Prime Minister from 2015 to 2018, Minister of Home Affairs from 2013 to 2018 and Minister of Defence from 2009 to 2013. He is the six-term Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bagan Datok constituency in Perak.
Ahmad Zahid was born on 4 January 1953 in Kampung Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh, Perak, the eldest son of nine children (seven sons and two daughters) in the family. His father, Raden Hamidi Abdul Fatah, was a Javanese native of Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta, while his maternal grandfather came from Ponorogo in East Java and married his Malay grandmother. His father died on 8 August 2014 at the Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju Kuala Lumpur. On 1 October 2011, his mother, Tuminah Abdul Jalil, also a native to Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta died of a stroke and heart complication in her hometown Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh. She was previously hospitalized at the Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
He was raised by a Chinese foster-father, Chen Jin Ting and sold ice cream together for six years with his foster family when he was in elementary school. Chen was not highly educated and would cycle from his house at Simpang Tiga, Hilir Perak to about three kilometers away selling ice cream. Chen was married with his foster mother, Guo Jin Luan. His father later died in 1999, more than ten days after the general election of that year. Following accusations that he was anti-Chinese, he stated "Am I anti-Chinese when I have a Chinese foster father?"
Before venturing into politics, Ahmad Zahid was a banker for OCBC. He was also one of the directors of Bank Simpanan Nasional (1995–1998) and also Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). He was also a Marketing Executive for Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad, Executive Director for Scandinavian Motors Sdn Bhd, chief executive officer of Kretam Holding Berhad, Chairman of Tekala Corporation Berhad, Chairman of Seng Hup Berhad and Pengerusi Ramatex Berhad. In 1999 he became the Chairman of Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB).
Political secretary and UMNO Youth Chief
He was elected UMNO Youth Chief in 1996. He was once the chief of UMNO youth Bagan Datoh branch, the Vice Chief for the state of Perak UMNO youth, Head of the UMNO Communication for UMNO youth.
Election to Parliament and UMNO Supreme Council
In 1995, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi became a member of parliament after winning the Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat in Perak in the general elections.
Arrested under Internal Security Act
In 1998, Zahid spoke out against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, calling for an end to cronyism and nepotism in the Malaysian government. In response, Mahathir publicised the names of those Malay/Bumiputeras who had received shares and high positions in government-linked corporations (GLCs). Zahid, seen as an ally of deposed Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, was subsequently arrested and held in prison under the Internal Security Act. However, in 1999, Zahid was welcomed back into the UMNO fold, stating that Anwar had put him up to raising allegations of cronyism and nepotism and alleging that Anwar had used his position as Finance Minister to direct business opportunities to Zahid.
After he won the seat for a third time in the 2004 general elections, Zahid was appointed Deputy Tourism Minister by former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. While being a Deputy Minister, he pursued a Doctor of Philosophy degree from UPM, thesis entitled Barisan Nasional Manifesto As Agenda for Malay Language Newspaper During the General Election Campaign.
In the political tsunami of 2008, Zahid again retained his Bagan Datoh parliamentary seat at a time when many BN party heavyweights were trounced. He was then appointed a full Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. In the April 2009 cabinet reshuffle, Zahid was appointed Minister of Defence by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
He was able to retain his parliamentary seat of Bagan Datoh in the 2013 election, although with a decreased majority. He was appointed as Minister of Home Affairs in 2013, replacing Hishamuddin Hussein, who took Zahid's previous position at the Ministry of Defence.
In July 2015, he was appointed the country's 11th Deputy Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
In the 2018 UMNO leadership election, Zahid gained more votes than his rivals, Khairy Jamaluddin and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, making him the new president of UMNO and also the first opposition leader from Barisan Nasional.
After facing weeks of mounting pressure to step down as party president and calls for fresh party polls, Zahid finally announces his decision to temporary step down and take leave on 18 December 2018. His deputy, Mohamad Hasan, acted the position of leading the party. On 30 June 2019, he announced his return from "garden leave" back to active role as UMNO president.
Ahmad Zahid had been sued by businessman Amir Bazli Abdullah for allegedly punching him in the face on January 16, 2006 at the Country Heights recreational club in Kajang, Selangor, causing the latter to suffer a nasal bone fracture and a swollen left eye. The case was pursued in the civil courts for six years before the matter was settled out of court.
Shortly after the Black 505 rallies following the 13th Malaysian General Election due to claims of electoral fraud and vote manipulation, he said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country's political system and dislike the BN government should "GET LOST" from the country. This statement has raised discontentment among the citizens, putting a serious question mark over his political future in a multiracial society. The statement was made after a series of street demonstrations led by opposition parties that has refused to accept the results of the 13th Malaysian General election. His first act as Home Minister was to order a crack down against opposition leaders and dissent, landing him in a bigger controversy with sedition laws being used to attempt to suppress the voices of opposition parties.
During a speech in Malacca, Zahid was recorded endorsing the police policy of "shoot to kill" when arresting dangerous criminals, including backing a certain group of gangsters.
On 18 October 2018, Zahid was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and charged in court the following day on 45 counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT), abuse of power and money laundering involving a total of RM114 million (about US$27.4 million) funds of Yayasan Akalbudi. On 14 December 2018, he was charged with another CBT offence, involving RM10 million. On 20 February 2019, Zahid was again charged with an additional CBT charge, involving RM260,000.
On 26 June 2019, Zahid became the subject of 7 new corruption charges involving S$4.2 million (RM12.8 million) which he allegedly received from a foreign visa (VLN) system operator totalling RM42.76 million under his capacity as the Home Minister then. On the next day, he faced 33 more charges totalling RM42.76 million involving the VLN system two years before. The latest charges brought the total number of outstanding charges to 87.
|1995||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,646||86.24%||Asha'ri Marsom (S46)||2,816||13.76%||21,937||14,830||62.02%|
|1999||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||12,938||60.86%||Mohamad Dahalan Arhsad (PKR)||8,321||39.14%||22,164||4,617||60.24%|
|2004||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,049||79.08%||Ayyathurai Achutharaman (PKR)||4,510||20.92%||22,690||12,539||66.38%|
|2008||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||13,115||55.72%||Madzi Hasan (PKR)||10,423||44.28%||24,414||2,692||70.42%|
|2013||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||17,176||53.27%||Madhi Hasan (PKR)||15,068||46.73%||33,069||2,108||82.83%|
|2018||Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (UMNO)||18,909||51.37%|
|Pakhrurrazi Arshad (PKR)||13,836||37.59%||37,620||5,073||79.89%|
|Ata Abdul Muneim Hasan Adli (PAS)||4,061||11.03%|
Kelantan : Malacca : Pahang : Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP) - Dato' Sri (2008) Perak : Sabah : Grand Commander of the Order of Kinabalu (SPDK) - Datuk Seri Panglima (2011) Sarawak :
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