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)
DeputyHishammuddin Hussein (Acting)
Mohamad Hasan
ChairmanBadruddin Amiruldin
Preceded byNajib Razak
11th Leader of the Opposition
In office
18 July 2018  10 March 2019
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Succeeded byIsmail Sabri Yaakob
11th Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
29 July 2015  10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Preceded byMuhyiddin Yassin
Succeeded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ConstituencyBagan Datuk
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
16 May 2013  10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Deputy1. Dr. Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (2013-2015)
2. Nur Jazlan Mohamed (2015-2018)
3 . Masir Kujat (2015-2018)
Preceded byHishammuddin Hussein
Succeeded byMuhyiddin Yassin
ConstituencyBagan Datuk
Minister of Defence
In office
10 April 2009  16 May 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyAbdul Latiff Ahmad
Preceded byAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Succeeded byHishammuddin Hussein
ConstituencyBagan Datuk
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
19 March 2008  10 April 2009
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byAbdullah Md Zin
Succeeded byJamil Khir Baharom
ConstituencyBagan Datuk
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Bagan Datuk
Assumed office
25 April 1995
Preceded byMohamed Jamrah
Majority14,830 (1995)
4,617 (1999)
12,539 (2004)
2,692 (2008)
2,108 (2013)
5,073 (2018)
Personal details
Ahmad Zahid bin Hamidi

(1953-01-04) 4 January 1953
Bagan Datoh, Perak, Federation of Malaya
Political partyUMNO
Spouse(s)Hamidah Khamis
ResidenceBagan Datuk, Perak
WebsiteOfficial blog
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.[1] He is the six-term Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Bagan Datok constituency in Perak.

Personal background


Ahmad Zahid was born on 4 January 1953 in Kampung Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh, Perak,[2][3] the eldest son of nine children (seven sons and two daughters) in the family.[4] 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.[5] His father died on 8 August 2014 at the Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju Kuala Lumpur.[6] 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.[7] Following accusations that he was anti-Chinese, he stated "Am I anti-Chinese when I have a Chinese foster father?" [8]

Ahmad Zahid is fluent in Standard Malay, local Perak Malay and Javanese. His English is sub-par,[9] and he speaks some Mandarin.[10]

Personal life

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 career

Political secretary and UMNO Youth Chief

In 1986, Zahid was appointed political secretary to Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak during the latter's term as Youth Minister (1986–1990) and then Minister of Defence (1990–1995).

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.

In 1999, Zahid was re-elected Member of Parliament for Bagan Datoh in Perak in the general elections. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in the following year.

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.[11] 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.[12] However, in 1999, Zahid was welcomed back into the UMNO fold,[13] 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.[14]

Ministerial career

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.[15]

In July 2015, he was appointed the country's 11th Deputy Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle.[16]

UMNO President

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,[17][18] Zahid finally announces his decision to temporary step down and take leave on 18 December 2018.[19] His deputy, Mohamad Hasan, acted the position of leading the party.[20] On 30 June 2019, he announced his return from "garden leave" back to active role as UMNO president.[21][22]


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.[23] The case was pursued in the civil courts for six years before the matter was settled out of court.[24]

Controversial statements

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.[25] 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.[26]

During a speech in Malacca, Zahid was recorded endorsing the police policy of "shoot to kill" when arresting dangerous criminals,[27] including backing a certain group of gangsters.[28][29][30]

Corruption charges

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.[31][32] On 14 December 2018, he was charged with another CBT offence, involving RM10 million.[33] On 20 February 2019, Zahid was again charged with an additional CBT charge, involving RM260,000.[34][35]

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.[36] On the next day, he faced 33 more charges totalling RM42.76 million involving the VLN system two years before.[37] The latest charges brought the total number of outstanding charges to 87.[38][39][40]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: Bagan Datoh, Perak[41][42][43]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
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%


See also


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Preceded by
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Leader of the Opposition
Succeeded by
Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Preceded by
Muhyiddin Yassin
Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
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Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
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