Biodata Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
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Dato Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (born 4 January 1953) is a Malaysian politician who has been Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia since 2015 in the coalition government of Prime Minister Najib Razak Barisan Nasional. He has also been the Minister of Home Affairs since 2013, and previously served as Defense Minister from 2009 to 2013. He is the Malaysian MP for the Bagan Datoh parliamentary constituency in Perak and a member of the political party of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO).
At the beginning of his political career, Zahid Hamidi was a Senator and chairman of Bank Simpanan Nasional before becoming UMNO youth wing leader. In 1998, Zahid spoke to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, calling for the end of cronyism and nepotism in the Malaysian government. Zahid Hamidi, seen as an ally of Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, was arrested and jailed under the Internal Security Act. However, in 1999, Zahid Hamidi was welcomed back into UMNO’s coverage, claiming that Anwar had raised allegations of cronyism and nepotism and claimed that Anwar had used his position as Finance Minister to direct business opportunities to Zahid.
After the 2004 election, Dato Sri Zahid Hamidi became Deputy Minister in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. During the Deputy Minister, Zahid studied and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia.
After the 2008 election, Dato Sri Zahid Hamidi became Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department. He was appointed as Defense Minister in April 2009. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was appointed as Home Minister in 2013, replacing Hishamuddin Hussein. Hishamuddin took up position before Dato Sri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi at the Ministry of Defense.
In July 2015, he was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in a cabinet reshuffle.
Family of Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was born on January 4, 1953 in Bagan Datoh, Perak, Malaysia, the eldest of nine siblings (seven sons and two daughters) in the family. In 2013, Zahid Hamidi revealed to the Indonesian media that he was from Java, his father, Raden Hamidi Abdul Fatah, from Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta, while his grandchildren came from Ponorogo in East Java and got married to Malaysia’s Malay Grandmasters. His father died on August 8, 2014 at the Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur. On October 1, 2011, her mother, Tuminah Abdul Jalil died of stroke and heart complications in her hometown of Sungai Nipah Darat, Bagan Datoh. He was admitted to the Armed Forces Hospital, Tuanku Mizan, Kuala Lumpur.
Her daughter, Nurul Hidayah Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, organized a local TV show Inspiration Ramadhan and was involved with the Territorial Army Regiment as a volunteer.
He was raised by Malaysian Chinese father Chen Jin Ting and sold ice cream together for six years with his adopted family when he was in elementary school. His father was uneducated and would move from his home in Simpang Tiga, Hilir Perak until about three kilometers away selling ice cream. Chen Jin Ting was married to her adopted mother, Guo Jin Luan. His father later died in 1999, more than ten days after the general election. Following the accusation that he was anti-Chinese, he stated “Is I anti-Chinese when I have a Chinese adoptive father?
Career Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
Prior to entering the political world, Dato Zahid Hamidi was a banker for OCBC. He is also a director of Bank Simpanan Nasional (1995-1998) and also Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB). He is also a Marketing Executive of Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad, Executive Director of Scandinavian Motors Sdn Bhd, chief executive officer of Kretam Holding Berhad, Chairman of Tekala Corporation Berhad, Chairman of Seng Hup Berhad and Chairman of Ramatex Berhad. In 1999 he was the Chairman of Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB).
In 2007, Ahmad Zahid led a rider to visit Malaysia and Indonesia to promote Malaysia tourism.
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