Siti Zaharah Sulaiman

Tan Sri Dr. Siti Zaharah binti Sulaiman (Jawi: سيتي زاهرح بنت سليمان) is a Malaysian politician. She also was the Minister of National Unity and Community Development, Malaysia. She was Chief of the Women's wing of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) from 1996 to 1999. Siti Zaharah is a former member of the parliamentary constituency of Paya Besar, in Pahang for three terms from 1999 to 2008. In 2008 general election, she was replaced by Abdul Manan Ismail from BN-UMNO.

Siti Zaharah Sulaiman
سيتي زاهرح بنت سليمان
Minister of National Unity and Community Development
In office
15 December 1999  26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byZaleha Ismail
Succeeded byShahrizat Abdul Jalil
ConstituencyPaya Besar
Chairwoman of UMNO's Women's Wing
In office
PresidentMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byRafidah Aziz
Succeeded byRafidah Aziz
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Paya Besar
Preceded byConstituency created
Succeeded byAbdul Manan Ismail
Majority16,759 (1995)
3,563 (1999)
12,518 (2004)
Personal details
Siti Zaharah binti Sulaiman

(1949-04-24) April 24, 1949
Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)


During her tenure as Deputy Minister of Health she officiated the launch of the No Tobacco Month 1998 at Pasar Budaya, Kuala Lumpur on May 31, 1998. Since 1989, May 31 was proclaimed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as World No Tobacco Day.[1]

UMNO Women's Politics

Siti Zaharah was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council of the 2000-2003 session. The 'veiled' image is shocking 'of UMNO women.[2]

In October 1996, he won the Wanita Umno Leader's Head defeating Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz (1984-1996) with a majority of 27 votes. Siti Zaharah's slogan is 'Bringing Change'. However, he lost to Rafidah Aziz at the UMNO General Assembly 2000. Siti Zaharah became Wanita UMNO chief for 3 years and 7 months. Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil defeated Rafidah in the struggle of the head of the movement at the UMNO General Assembly 2008.

In 2000, a total of 671 female delegates re-elected Rafidah Aziz. Rafidah held the post for 12 years from 1984-1996. Rafidah got 341 votes while Siti Zaharah earned 329. Rafidah won with a 12-vote majority excluding one broken vote.

UMNO women managed to create Amanah Saham Wanita (Asnita)[3] and hoped men could set up Amanah Saham Lelaki (Aslaki). With the membership of 2.8 million UMNO members, it is not impossible for 50 percent of Wanita UMNO members to meet the goal of raising RM200 million. [5]

Siti Zaharah maintains Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the book 'A Doctor in the House: The Memoirs of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad 'regarding allegations against Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim.


In 1995, she won the Paya Besar parliamentary seats. In 1999, she won again by beating Wan Jusoh Wan Kolok (PKR). In 2004, he won with a majority of 12,518 votes. Her victory marks 38 out of 43 BN women candidates win in the election. Also winning was Rafidah Aziz (Kuala Kangsar), Datin Paduka Zaleha Ismail (Gombak); Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Lembah Pantai); Seripah Noli Syed Husin (Sepang); Senator Mastika Junaidah Husin (Arau); Rosnah Majid (Tanjong Dawai); Ng Yen Yen (Raub); Chew Mei Fun (Petaling Jaya Utara); Komala Krishnamoorthy (Kapar) and Kamala Ganapathy (Kota Raja); Lim Bee Kau (Padang Serai).

On 27 March 2004, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dropped Siti Zaharah's name from the post of minister.

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P78 Mentakab, Pahang
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (UMNO) 15,271 68.63% Mohamed Rusdi Arif (PAS) 6,980 31.37% 23,196 8,291 71.59%
1990 Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (UMNO) 17,147 63.44% Johari Ismail (S46) 9,883 36.56% 28,242 7,264 73.79%
Parliament of Malaysia: P84 Paya Besar, Pahang[4][5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (UMNO) 25,551 74.40% Wan Abd Rahman Wan Yusoff (S46) 8,792 25.60% 37,221 16,759 78.06%
1999 Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (UMNO) 20,749 54.70% Wan Jusoh Wan Kolok (KeADILan) 17,186 45.30% 42,221 3,563 79.24%
2004 Siti Zaharah Sulaiman (UMNO) 20,474 72.02% Saari Sungib (KeADILan) 7,956 27.98% 29,001 12,518 77.46%

Car accident

In 2005, she was seriously injured in an accident at Jalan Pintasan Sri Jaya. As a result of the violation, she was housed in the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital Intensive Care Unit, receiving a 10.16 cm stitch on the left side of his head while the Paya Besar UMNO division secretary of women, Fauziah Abdul Rahman, suffered a crack in the neck. [9]


Honour of Malaysia


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