Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Malaysian politician
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah
Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh bin Tengku Mohd Hamzah is a major Malaysian political figure from the state of Kelantan, and a former Finance Minister. He is an uncle of the current Raja Perempuan (queen) of Kelantan. Tengku is a Malay hereditary title usually translated as prince. He is fondly known as Ku Li, derived from the last syllables of Tengku Razaleigh: this is a common kind of contraction in the dialect of Kelantan.
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Apa amanat Najib malam ini?
Free Malaysia Today - almost 5 years
Sempena ulang tahun Umno ke 66 PETALING JAYA: Dalam apa keadaan sekalipun Umno tidak pernah kekurangan ahli dan penyokong.  Sudah tentu sambutan ke 66 parti itu di Stadium Nasional Bukit Jalil mulai hari menjadi saksi kekuatan parti itu. Ribuan ahli akan menunggu amanat Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak malam ini. Sudah tentu ucapan perdana menteri dan presiden Umno akan menjadi azimat bekalan dalam menghadapi pilihan raya umum ke 13 yang kini menunggu detik sahaja. Sambutan ulang tahun ke 66 ini untuk memberitahu bahawa Umno sebuah parti yang besar dengan keahlian teramai – melebihi tiga juta. Umno bukan tidak pernah bermasalah. Parti itu pecah dua pada 1987 setelah Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah mencabar Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bagi jawatan presiden yang kemudiannya berakhir dengan pengharaman parti itu. Begitupun, dalam pilihan raya umum 1990, BN cuma kalah di Kelantan kepada PAS dan Sabah di tangan Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS). Parti itu sekali lagi berpecah ekoran pemecatan Datuk Seri ...
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What good will Najib’s panel do?
Free Malaysia Today - almost 5 years
PETALING JAYA: The government has promised to set up an independent panel to investigate allegations of police brutality during last Saturday’s Bersih rally, but opinion leaders are asking: Who will be the panellists, and is there any point in having the inquiry? One issue that keeps cropping up is that public confidence in open inquiries is at an all time low. Among the most critical of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s announcement yesterday was Lim Teck Ghee, who said it was an an election ploy. “On the one hand, Najib concludes that Bersih is an attempt to overthrow the government. The next moment he says we’ll have an independent panel. It is clearly political since the election is coming, and he is not sincere at all,” said Lim, who heads the Centre for Policy Initiatives. The Malaysian experience with royal commissions of inquiry and other so-called independent panels was that the odds were stacked in the government’s favour, he said. “It won’t be independent and would ...
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Ku Li tidak percaya janji Pakatan Rakyat
Free Malaysia Today - almost 5 years
PETALING JAYA: Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah berkata, beliau kurang percaya dengan janji-janji yang dibuat oleh Pakatan Rakyat. “Berjanji senang tetapi menepatinya bukan mudah,” kata tokoh veteran Umno itu dalam satu program NGO Amanah pimpinannya di Kuala Terengganu semalam. “Beritahu saya apa jaminan yang Pakatan rakyat itu lebih baik daripada Umno,” tambah Ku Li lagi. Amanah merupakan sebuah NGO yang dianggotai tokoh politik veteran pelbagai parti dari seluruh negara. Tidak berdosa Dalam majlis tersebut, Ku LI yang pernah menjadi naib presiden Umno berkata, beliau tidak berdosa seperti pemimpin-pemimpin Umno yang lain. Ku Li menambah, beliau tidak membuat dosa walaupun masih lagi menjadi ahli Umno. Tetapi beliau menegaskan, beliau masih menegur dan mengkritik apa yang tidak betul dalam parti itu. Dalam program tersebut, Ku Li sekali lagi menegaskan beliau tidak akan meninggalkan Umno sebagaimana timbalannya dalam Amanah, Tan Sri Kadir Sheikh Fadzir. Kadir, bekas menteri ...
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On another matter, Anwar said he had no information regarding the speculation that Umno stalwart Tengku Razaleigh Tengku Hamzah might be allowed to helm Pakatan to replace Anwar. “I have not heard anything from PAS, DAP or PKR,” he added
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  • 2011
    Age 73
    Tengku Razaleigh is one of many Malaysian politicians, celebrities, and other well-known personalities who appear in Pete Teo and Namewee's public service announcement voter education video, released in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Razaleigh provides a spoken word introduction to the rap song. In conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia, Pete Teo released the video "Hari Malaysia", featuring many public figures and well-known personalities. Tengku Razaleigh was seen sitting next to Lim Kit Siang, another Malaysian prominent political figure, in Merdeka Stadium. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah won the parliamentary seat of Ulu Kelantan in 1974 uncontested. On August 1, 1995, the Kota Bharu High Court ordered a fresh election for the Gua Musang Parliamentary Seat after declaring the contest in the 8th General Election held in April the same year null and void. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah was the incumbent MP. The court ordered the by-election as Hussein was disqualified from contesting when his nomination papers were rejected by the returning officer on the grounds that he had mistakenly filled the address of his house in Pasir Mas in the column that was meant for the address in the constituency. After submitting a petition, the Election Court subsequently ruled that the returning officer had erred in rejecting the nomination paper and ordered fresh polls for Gua Musang Parliamentary Seat.
    On 22 July 2011, Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah), a Non-Government Organisation was launched by Razaleigh at Memorial Tunku Abdul Rahman to revive and restore the spirit of Merdeka among Malaysians.
    More Details Hide Details The organisation is led by Razaleigh himself as the President, along with several other public figures and prominent activists. He lost his wife, Nur Yvonne Abdullah, who died on June 5, 2015 due to multiple myeloma, a disease she had been suffering from for the previous year. While being out of the limelight and shying away from the public, she was married to him since 1995.
  • 2004
    Age 66
    In 2004, he announced his interest for the UMNO top post yet again but failed to garner enough nominations to contest the presidency.
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  • 1996
    Age 58
    In 1996, Tengku Razaleigh disbanded Semangat 46 and rejoined UMNO.
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  • 1993
    Age 55
    In the 1993 constitutional crisis, Razaleigh strongly opposed the amendment for Rulers to be tried at court and their legal immunity be stripped.
    More Details Hide Details However, his efforts failed to bear fruit as it did not gain enough support.
  • 1989
    Age 51
    Tengku Razaleigh at the same time went on his own path and found a new political party called Semangat 46 in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The number 46 refers to the year UMNO was originally founded.
  • 1987
    Age 49
    In 1987, Tengku Razaleigh challenged Mahathir.
    More Details Hide Details In the election, Dr. Mahathir managed to retain his position. However, UMNO was split into two separate entities as Tengku Razaleigh was left unsatisfied with the result. The split forced the Malaysian court to declare UMNO as illegal. Shortly after the court ruling, Dr. Mahathir reestablished UMNO as UMNO Baru (New UMNO), though the new UMNO was badly weakened.
  • 1978
    Age 40
    Razaleigh's planning is reputed to have been the main reason the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, of which UMNO is a member, almost totally defeated the opposition Islamic party of PAS in the 1978 general election and the Kelantan state elections of the same year.
    More Details Hide Details When Mahathir bin Mohamad succeeded Hussein Onn as Prime Minister, he declared the election for the Deputy Presidency of UMNO – and thus by extension the Deputy Prime Ministership – was open; he would not support any candidate. Razaleigh joined the fray, and his main opposition was Musa Hitam. Eventually, Musa won the election with 722 votes to Razaleigh's 517 votes, becoming the new Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister. Razaleigh blamed himself for taking "a rather passive stance" and not having a campaign strategy.
  • 1976
    Age 38
    After Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak's sudden death in 1976, he was appointed as Finance Minister by the new Prime Minister, Hussein Onn.
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  • 1975
    Age 37
    In 1975, after securing the most votes for the Vice-President post in the party election, he continue to serve as one of the Vice-Presidents of UMNO.
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  • 1974
    Age 36
    In the 1974 general election, Razaleigh won the Parliamentary seat of then-Ulu Kelantan (now known as, Gua Musang).
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  • 1973
    Age 35
    Later he was appointed as the Treasurer of UMNO by the then-President of UMNO Tun Abdul Razak in 1973.
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  • 1971
    Age 33
    In 1971, he was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council.
    More Details Hide Details Besides Musa Hitam and Prof. Abdul Jalil Hassan, he was among the new 7 faces in the Supreme Council.
    In 1971, Razaleigh's led trade delegation went to China to initiate a prospect of initiating a business relationship.
    More Details Hide Details During the visit to China, Razaleigh managed to meet the then China's Premier Zhou En Lai. Total trade with China stood at a mere RM105.6 million in 1971, but ballooned to RM1.6 billion in 1980. Since then the contact between the two countries has been on the increase as evidenced by the number of visits of trade, medical and sports delegations to China. On 6 September 1974, Malaysia's then prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak, announced the appointment of Razaleigh as chairman and Chief Executive of PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad). Tun Razak said: "From among the new blood, I intended to bring Tengku Razaleigh into the Cabinet. However, I have an important job for him, a job as important as that of a Cabinet Minister. I have decided to appoint him as chairman and Chief Executive of PETRONAS, which is equivalent to being a Cabinet Minister." Subsequently, Razaleigh had to relinquish his job as Chairman of PERNAS which he held from 1970, but retained the chairmanship of Bank Bumiputra.
  • 1969
    Age 31
    In the 1969 general election, Razaleigh won Kelantan State Legislative Assembly seat of Ulu Kelantan Barat.
    More Details Hide Details Him, being of royal blood has the right to use the combined title of 'Yang Berhormat' which is the equivalent to 'The Honourable' and 'Yang Mulia' which is equivalent to 'His Highness'. Hence, he has the combined title of Yang Berhormat Mulia. If translated to English, it would be His Highness, The Honourable Tan Sri Tengku.
  • 1962
    Age 24
    Tengku Razaleigh was part of the Malaya's delegation to the United Nation for 17th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details The leader of the delegation was Dato' Dr. Ismail bin Dato' Abdul Rahman, the then-Minister of Internal Security.
    As the former president of the Malayan Students Union in London and secretary of the Malay Society in Britain, Razaleigh has entered into politics on 23 April 1962.
    More Details Hide Details He was unanimously elected as chairman of the Ulu Kelantan Division of UMNO at its annual meeting. He had returned to Malaya earlier that year to attend the funeral of his father.
  • 1959
    Age 21
    He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Queen's University of Belfast in 1959 and later continued his studies at Lincoln's Inn.
    More Details Hide Details However, upon his father's death, he was forced to return and never continued his studies. Razaleigh took over the family business, and then joined the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major Malay political party. Starting from the mid-1960s, with the support of the then Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Razak, several initiatives launched to increase and expand Malaysia's economic growth. Several of these initiatives were led by Razaleigh. These initiatives were major corporate takeovers of foreign conglomerates and major industries which was previously owned by foreign shareholders respectively. Due to his excellent drive and contribution to the country's economy, and his strong economics and finance background, he was entrusted to manage the country's finance and was made the Finance Minister in 1976, Chairman of Asian Development Bank in 1976, Islamic Development Bank in 1978, IBRD (World Bank) and IMF in 1977.
  • 1937
    Born on April 13, 1937.
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