Hamzah Abu Samah

Hamzah Abu Samah (5 January 1924 – 4 September 2012)[1][2] was a Malaysian politician, lawyer and sports administrator who served as President of Asian Football Confederation from 9 December 1978 to 1 August 1994.

Hamzah Abu Samah

President of AFC
In office
9 December 1978  1 August 1994
Preceded byKambiz Atabay
Succeeded byAhmad Shah
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
In office
22 April 1971  1 May 1973
Prime MinisterTun Abdul Razak
Preceded byHamzah Ali
Succeeded byMuhyiddin Yassin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Temerloh, Pahang
In office
Personal details
Born(1924-01-05)5 January 1924
Kuala Lipis, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died4 September 2012(2012-09-04) (aged 88)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting placeMakam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)


Samah was educated at Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He went on to study law at Gray's Inn in England. He became a Member of Parliament representing Raub (1967-1978) and Temerloh (1978-1980) in Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia's parliament.

Additionally he was Minister of Sports and Youth from 22 April 1971 to 1 May 1973 in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. He was defence minister from 1973-1980 and Trade and Industry Minister from 1974-1980. In 1980, he stepped down after having a coronary bypass operation.[3]

He was a member of IOC from 1978 to 2004 and was an honorary member until his death.[4]

He died on 4 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. He was 88 years old. His body was buried in Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.


Honours of Malaysia


Civic offices
Preceded by
Kambiz Atabay
President of Asian Football Confederation
Succeeded by
Ahmad Shah of Pahang
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