TUN ABDULLA AHMAD BADAWI

Tun Abdullah bin Haji Ahmad Badawi (born 26 November 1939) is a Malaysian politician who served as Prime Minister from 2003 to 2009. He was also the President of the United Malays, National Organisation (UMNO), the largest politicial party in Malaysia, and led the governing Barisan Nasional parliamentary coalition. He is informarlly known as Pak Lah, “Pak” meaning ‘Uncle’ while ‘Lah’ is taken from his name ‘Abdullah’.

After Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad sacked Anwar Ibrahim, he appointed Abdullah as Deputy Prime Minister. Abdullah went on to succeed Mahathir as Prime Minister in 2003.

In the 2004 general election, Abdullah scored a significant victory. In the 2008 general election, the Barisan Nasional won a slim majority of seats, thus enabling Abdullah to remain in office as Prime Minister. He stepped down in favor of his successor, Najib Tun Razak, during the UMNO General Assembly held on 1 April 2009. On 3 April 2009, he was succeeded by Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister. Abdullah was then conferred the title Tun by king Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin for his service to the nation.

Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun
Abdullah Hj. Ahmad Badawi

Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
31 October 2003 – 3 April 2009
Monarch Sirajuddin
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Preceded by Mahathir bin Mohamad
Succeeded by Najib Tun Razak

Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
In office
January 1999 – 31 October 2003
Preceded by Anwar Ibrahim
Succeeded by Najib Tun Razak

Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kepala Batas
Incumbent
Assumed office
1978

Secretary General of Non-Aligned Movement
In office
31 October 2003 – 15 September 2006
Preceded by Mahathir bin Mohamad
Succeeded by Fidel Castro

President of the United Malays National Organisation
In office
September 2004 – 26 March 2009
Preceded by Mahathir bin Mohamad
Succeeded by Najib Tun Razak

Born 26 November 1939 (1939-11-26) (age 70)
Bayan Lepas, Penang
Political party United Malays National Organisation-National Front
Spouse(s) Endon Mahmood Ambak (Deceased)
Jeanne Danker
Religion Islam

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