Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Yang Amat Berhormat Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Prime Minister of Malaysia
Assumed office 31 October 2003
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Mahathir bin Mohamad
Member of Parliamentfor Kepala Batas
Assumed office 1999
26 November 1939 (1939-11-26) (age 68)Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO} part of Barisan Nasional (BN)
Endon Mahmood Ambak (deceased)Jeanne Danker
Datuk Seri Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi (born November 26, 1939 in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang) is the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia, and leads the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition. He is informally known as Pak Lah, ‘Pak’ meaning uncle while ‘Lah’ is taken from his name Abdullah. He succeeded Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad.
After Mahathir sacked Anwar Ibrahim, he appointed Abdullah Deputy Prime Minister. Abdullah went on to succeeded Mahathir as Prime Minister in 2003. Abdullah’s administration is riddled with controversies concerning the independence of the Parliament and Judiciary. Although Abdullah was elected in 2004 with a huge mandate, he failed to fulfill his election pledge to eradicate corruption or crime. Both these ills remain rampant under his administration.
In 2005, Mahathir began challenging Abdullah on a number of issues, such as the protection of Proton, the flagship national car manufacturer, and the distribution of approval permits for importing foreign-manufactured vehicles. Later in 2006, Mahathir asserted that Abdullah had betrayed his trust, citing the projects and policies which Mahathir introduced but abolished by Abdullah, such as the construction of a bridge linking Malaysia and Singapore to replace the existing Johor-Singapore Causeway.
On February 13, 2008, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dissolved the parliament to pave way for the 12th general elections. He stated: “The king has given his consent to dissolve parliament, effective today the 13th of February, to allow the elections to be held; the states have been advised to dissolve the state assemblies on the same date.” Also, Anwar Ibrahim is disqualified to run for elections until April due to his previous convictions.
Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz bin Nik Mat
Dato’ Haji Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat (born 1931 in Pulau Melaka, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Malaysia) is a Malaysian cleric and an opposition politician from Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS). He is currently Kelantan’s PAS commissioner and the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the state.
He pursued his study majoring in Shari’ah (Islamic Law) at Egyptian Al-Azhar University. During the time of his study, he is one of the witnesses and a civilian to have lived in the heat of Arab-Israeli Wars.
He survived his administration even under intense pressure politically and economically by the former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir, who clashed frequently on the role Islam should or should not play in state- and national-level politics in multi-ethnic and multi-religious Malaysia.
He is generally respected as a positive and well-meaning political leader, but has drawn criticism for his expressed views on the necessity of unequivocal application of Islamic shariah law to all facets and levels of society of Muslims.
Despite his position as Menteri Besar, the head of the Kelantan government, he lives in his small house and leads a very moderate life instead of using an official government residence. Being a prominent figure in the Islamic Party of Malaysia, he receives support from a number of Muslims and non-Muslims in and outside of Kelantan.
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