His Excellency Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia
A Malaysian politician who served as the 5th Prime Minister, and also the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Upon graduating from University of Malaya, Tun Abdullah Badawi joined the civil service, where he started his career as Assistant Secretary in the Public Services Department. He later moved to the National Operation Council (NOC) or Majlis Gerakan Negara (MAGERAN), a body responsible to exercise the ruling powers for the country after the racial riots. He was also promoted to the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports as Director General and Deputy Secretary General.
He later resigned from the civil service to pursue his political career. He joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the largest political party in Malaysia. As UMNO member, he was elected UMNO Supreme Council Member, and UMNO Vice President following by assuming Deputy President.
Tun Abdullah Badawi was first elected as the representative of Kepala Batas in 1978. Later, in the same year, he was appointed to his first post in the administration of the Government of Malaysia, as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Federal Territory Ministry. He was then promoted to Deputy Minister in the same Ministry, which later held the post of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Minister of Education, Minister of Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Defence.