Anifah Aman

Anifah bin Haji Aman (Jawi: انيفه بن امان @ حنيفف عاممن; born 16 November 1953) is a Malaysian politician who had served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia from April 2009 to May 2018. Anifah is also the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Beaufort (1999-2004) and Kimanis (2004-2019) in Sabah. He was a former member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) which is part of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, until he quit to be an Independent politician in 2018.[1].

Anifah Aman

انيفه بن امان @ حنيفف عاممن
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
10 April 2009  10 May 2018
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyReezal Merican Naina Merican
Preceded byRais Yatim
Succeeded bySaifuddin Abdullah
Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
In office
27 March 2004  18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterPeter Chin Fah Kui
Preceded byHimself
as Deputy Minister of Primary Industries
Succeeded byA. Kohillan Pillay
In office
15 December 1999  26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterLim Keng Yaik
Preceded byHishammuddin Hussein
Succeeded byHimself
as Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kimanis
In office
22 March 2004  16 August 2019
Preceded byNurnikman Abdullah
Majority5,108 (2004)
5,453 (2008)
5,723 (2013)
156 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Beaufort
In office
30 November 1999  21 March 2004
Preceded byNurnikman Abdullah
Succeeded byAzizah Mohd Dun
Majority6,800 (1999)
Personal details
Anifah bin Aman @ Haniff Amman

(1953-11-16) 16 November 1953
Keningau, Crown Colony of North Borneo
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (until 2018)
Independent (2018-present)
Other political
Spouse(s)Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad
RelationsMusa Aman (brother)
Children3 sons
Alma materUniversity College of Buckingham

Personal life

Anifah is married to Siti Rubiah Abdul Samad and has 3 sons. His second wife is Sophia Mohd Noor dan has a daughter. He is the younger brother of former Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman.[2] His nephew, Yamani Hafez Musa who is Musa's son; is the MP for Sipitang.

Political career

Anifah was first elected to Parliament in 1999 general election, winning the seat of Beaufort. He was immediately appointed Deputy Minister of Primary Industries in the government of Mahathir Mohamad. He shifted to, and won, the seat of Kimanis in the 2004 general election, and became Deputy Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities. After winning re-election in the 2008 general election, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed him as Deputy Transport Minister. However, Anifah refused, saying he felt it was "time to make way" for someone else. Reports indicated this was the first time anyone had refused an appointment as Deputy Minister after the appointment had already been made public.[3] A day later, the New Straits Times reported that Anifah and another proposed Deputy Minister, Tengku Azlan Abu Bakar, had "thrown a tantrum ... claiming they are 'senior enough' to be made full ministers". Abdullah reportedly told them that he had "picked the best people", leading to their resignations.[4]

After Najib Razak replaced Abdullah as Prime Minister in 2009, Anifah was promoted from the backbench to the Cabinet as Minister for Foreign Affairs.[5] During Anifah's tenure as Foreign Minister, Malaysia won election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2015–2016 term.[6]

Amid retaining his Kimanis seat for the forth consecutive term in the 2018 general election (GE14) which saw the downfall of BN's federal and state governments, Anifah announced his resignation from UMNO to be an independent MP in September 2018.[1] On 16 August 2019, the Malaysian Election Court however has voided his win in the GE14 after the court found serious discrepancies in the conduct of the election process by the Election Commission (EC).[7]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: Beaufort, Sabah[8]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1999 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 16,009 64% Ak Aliuddin Pg (PBS) 9,209 36%
Parliament of Malaysia: Kimanis, Sabah[8][9]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 9,655 66% Awang Tengah Awang Amin (PKR) 4,547 31%
2008 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 10,242 59% Ismail Bongsu (PKR) 1,615 9%
Jaafar Ismail (IND) 4,789 28%
2013 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 13,754 61% Jaafar Ismail (PKR) 8,031 35%
2018 Anifah Aman (UMNO) 11,942 40.3%2 Karim Bujang (WARISAN) 11,786 39.8%2
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.


See also


  1. Muguntan Vanar (19 September 2018). "Anifah: I quit Umno in the interest of Sabah rights". The Star. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. "Don't read too much into why Anifah declined post, says big brother Musa Aman". The Star. 20 March 2008. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said his younger brother Datuk Anifah Aman had declined the Deputy Minister’s post as he had served in that capacity for two terms.
  3. "Anifah Aman springs surprise, declines deputy minister's post". Bernama. New Straits Times. 18 March 2008. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 18 March 2008.
  4. "Two 'seniors' upset over positions". New Straits Times. 19 March 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2008.
  5. "Anifah touched to be given important portfolio". Bernama. The Sun. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. "Malaysia at the UNSC". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. Muguntan Vanar (17 August 2019). "Anifah Aman loses Kimanis seat". The Star. Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  8. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  9. "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. "Sultan of Pahang's 74th birthday honours list". The Star. 26 October 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  11. "1,114 to receive Pahang honours". The Star. 24 October 2009. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  12. "Highest state award for eight". Sandra Sokial. Borneo Post. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
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