Tengku Adnan

Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor (Jawi: تڠكو عدنان بن تڠكو منصور; born 20 December 1950) is a Malaysian politician. He was the Malaysian Minister of the Federal Territories from 2013 to May 2018. He was the Malaysian Minister of Tourism from 2006 to 2008, and he was appointed as the Secretary-General of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) following the resignation of Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad on 20 March 2008. He has since been indicted for corruption [1]

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor

تڠكو عدنان بن تڠكو منصور
Minister of Federal Territories
In office
16 May 2013  10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyLoga Bala Mohan Jaganathan
Preceded byRaja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Succeeded byKhalid Abdul Samad
Minister of Tourism
In office
14 February 2006  18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Badawi
DeputyDonald Lim Siang Chai
Preceded byLeo Michael Toyad
Succeeded byAzalina Othman Said
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
20 November 2002  26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Secretary-General of the United Malays National Organisation
In office
26 March 2009  29 June 2018
PresidentNajib Razak (2009-2018)
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (2018)
Preceded byMohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad
Succeeded byAnnuar Musa
Treasurer-General of the United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
30 June 2018
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded bySalleh Said Keruak
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Putrajaya
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded byConstituency established
Majority3,546 (2004)
2,734 (2008)
5,541 (2013)
3,372 (2018)
Personal details
Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor

(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950
Malacca, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Anggraini Sentiyaki
Children4 sons
6 daughters
Alma materUniversity of Southern California

Early life

Born in Malacca, Malaysia, Adnan obtained a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mara Technology Institute (Malay: Institut Teknologi Mara, ITM), which is now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malay: Universiti Teknologi Mara, UiTM), and a BBA from the University of Southern California.

Adnan held important positions in the corporate sector, such as Director and Chairman of Far East Asset (FEA) and Chairman of UNZA Holdings Bhd.

He is of Acehnese descent.[2] However, on Christopher Buyers website of royal genealogy, question arises on his Tengku royal title: "eldest son of Mansor bin Haji Baba (a.k.a. Tengku Muhammad Mansor bin Tengku Haji Baba), a gentleman of Tamil (or claimed Acehnese Teuku origin??) origin, who assumed the title of Tengku two years after his son".[3]


Adnan is married to Datin Seri Enny Beatrice Ferlat Kusumo Anggraini. They have two sons and four daughters; Iqbal, Natasya, Hafiz, Nadira, Najwa and Nabila. Adnan has two sons and two daughters from his previous marriage; Daud, Balqish, Yazir and Nadiah.

Political career

Adnan joined politics in the early 1980s. He became Treasurer of the UMNO Youth wing in 1988. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in 1993 but lost the position in 1996. He was appointed as Federal Territory liaison chairman in June 2000. On 29 November 2001, he was appointed the Chairman of the Federal Territory Barisan Nasional. In 2003, he was appointed the Chief of the Putrajaya UMNO, and later he won the position again uncontested in the party election in June 2004. In September 2004, he was successful in a bid for an UMNO Supreme Council seat.

Adnan won the Parliamentary seat of Putrajaya in the March 2004 general election by defeating Abdul Rahman Othman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan).

Adnan was appointed as the Tourism Minister, replacing Datuk Dr. Leo Michael Toyad, on 14 February 2006. He was dropped from the cabinet following the March 2008 general election, where the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition received a serious drubbing at the polls.

After his victory for third time in 2013 general election, Adnan has returned to the cabinet and appointed as Minister of the Federal Territories.[4]

In the 2018 general election, Adnan was reelected to the Parliament. But he lost his cabinet post as BN has lost the federal government rules to the Pakatan Harapan (PH).


Lingam Videoclip controversy

Adnan was called to testify in front of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Video Clip investigating the allegation of illegal intervention in the appointment process of Malaysian judges that allegedly occurred in 2002. The formation of the commission was a follow-up to a recommendation by a three-man panel which was tasked to determine the authenticity of a video clip of a telephone conversation that raised the allegation.

Following the findings of the Royal Commission, the Malaysian cabinet ordered the Attorney-General to immediately direct agencies to investigate the allegations levelled against six prominent individuals identified in the Lingam video clip affair. The six are former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, retired chief justices Tun Mohd Eusoff Chin and Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor, tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan and prominent lawyer Datuk V. K. Lingam.

There was sufficient cause to invoke the Sedition Act 1948, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1961, the Legal Profession Act 1976, the Official Secrets Act 1972 and the Penal Code against some of the principal individuals involved,[5] however as of recently, no action has been taken by the Barisan Nasional government against the individuals involved.

Female bloggers controversy

Adnan was involved in another controversy with regards to a statement he made about female bloggers where he was quoted as calling female bloggers liars. This caused an uproar among the blogger community and attracted a lot of negative reactions.[6] He was quoted as saying in Malaysian Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily and Singaporean English daily, the Straits Times:[7][8]

...All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

Federal territories expansion proposal

On 1 February 2017, Adnan announced his desire to expand the federal territories to include Penang, Langkawi and parts of Malacca to help people regardless of race and to ensure equal development. This drew criticism especially from the Penang state government and several opposition leaders.[9][10]

Bribery and corruption

Adnan was charged for corruptly receiving RM3mil in bribes from property developers in connection with his official functions as the Federal Territories Minister on 16 November 2018.[11]

Tax evasion

On 24 July 2019, the government had filed a law suit through the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), against Adnan to claim RM57.17 million in unpaid taxes since 2012 till 2017.[12]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P125 Putrajaya[13][14][15][16]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 4,086 87.64% Abdul Rahman Othman (KeADILan) 540 11.58% 4,662 3,546 91.79%
2008 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 4,038 74.56% Mohamad Noor Mohamad (PAS) 1,304 24.08% 5,416 2,734 81.96%
2013 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 9,943 69.09% Husam Musa (PAS) 4,402 30.59% 14,465 5,541 91.60%
2018 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 12,148 49.47% Samsu Adabi Mamat (PPBM) 8,776 35.74% 24,881 3,372 91.12%
Zainal Abidin Kidam (PAS) 3,634 14.80%


See also


  1. https://www.nst.com.my/news/crime-courts/2019/08/515330/sept-19-hearing-tengku-adnan-property-developer-corruption-trial
  2. "Mengenal Tengku Adnan bin Mansor; Menteri Malaysia Keturunan Aceh". Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  3. http://www.royalark.net/Malaysia/pahang7.htm
  4. "Tengku Adnan returns to Cabinet after 5-year hiatus". The Star. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  5. "Royal Commission on Lingam video clip: Cabinet orders probe on Dr M, ex-CJs". New Straits Times. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008.
  6. "A cyber war in Malaysian politics?". The Malaysian Insider. 19 February 2009. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  7. "MALAYSIA: Bloggers see red over tourism chief's 'insults'". AsiaMedia UCLA (Reproducing article by Straits Times, Singapore). 13 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  8. Mariam Mokhtar (17 November 2018). "The irony of Ku Nan's present situation". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. "Ku Nan: Don't politicise proposal for federal territories to include Penang".
  10. "No way, says LGE on Penang becoming a federal territory".
  11. "Ku Nan charged with receiving RM3mil bribes". The Star. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  12. Hafiz Yatim (1 August 2019). "Govt files RM57m suit against Ku Nan for unpaid excess taxes since 2012". The Edge Markets. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  13. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  14. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  15. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
Preceded by
Leo Michael Toyad
Malaysian Minister of Tourism
14 February 2006 – 17 March 2008
Succeeded by
Azalina Othman Said
Preceded by
Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin
Minister of Federal Territories
16 May 2013 - 10 May 2018
Succeeded by
Khalid Abdul Samad
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