Hishammuddin Hussein : biography
Datuk Seri Panglima Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein (born 5 August 1961) is a Malaysian politician and member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is currently the Minister of Defence and acting Minister of Transport since 16 May 2013. He served in the government of Malaysia as Minister of Home Affairs from 2009 to 2013 and Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009. He has been mentioned as a likely successor to his cousin, Prime Minister Najib Razak. He is the son of Malaysia's third prime minister, Tun Hussein Onn and the nephew of Malaysia's second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak.
He was attending Malay College Kuala Kangsar before his father became Deputy Prime Minister in 1973. Upon his father's appointment to the post, he attended St. John's Institution in Kuala Lumpur before going on to the Alice Smith School, also in Kuala Lumpur. From Alice Smith School, he went to the English public school, Cheltenham College.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 1984. He also attended London School of Economics and received a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Commercial and Corporate Law in 1988.
Datuk Seri Panglima Hishammuddin is the son of Hussein Onn, the third Prime Minister of Malaysia and the grandson of Dato' Onn Jaafar, a prominent Malay leader and the founder of UMNO. He is also the cousin of the current Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Tun Razak.
His wife, Yang Mulia Tengku Datin Seri Panglima Marsilla Tengku Abdullah, is a princess from the state of Pahang, Malaysia.
Hishamuddin's daughter recently married the son of a local business tycoon Muhd Anas Zawawi Datuk Seri Khalid Muhd Jiwa.Bernama. , Malaysia Chronicle, Kuala Lumpur, 24 November 2012.Retrieved on 7 January 2012.
Before Joining Malaysia's Politics
Prior to his commencing his political career, Hishammuddin was formerly a lawyer with the large Malaysian firm then known as Skrine & Co. (now known as Skrine) and later, a firm then known as Lee Hishammuddin (now known as Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill) in Kuala Lumpur
Past and Present Position Hishamuddin Hussein
Parliamentary Secretary of Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia. (11th May 1995 to 18th August 1997)Factbook, Malaysia. , Malaysian Factbook, Kuala Lumpur, 23 January 2008. Retrieved on 7 February 2013.
Deputy Minister of Ministry of Primary Industries, Malaysia (18th August 1997 to 5th December 1999)
Minister of Youth and Sports (14th December 1999 to 3rd March 2004)
Minister of Education (30th March 2004 to 8th April 2009)
Minister of Home Affairs (10th April 2009 to 5 May 2013)Hishamuddin Hussin. , Ministry Of Home Affairs Official Website, Kuala Lumpur, 10th April 2009. Retrieved on 7th February 2013.
Minister of Defence (16th May 2013 until now)
Minister of Transport (acting from 16th May 2013 until now)
UNESCO Executive Board Member (2008 to 2009)
SEAMEO Council- Vice President (March 2007 to March 2008)
SEAMEO Council- President (March 2008 to March 2009)
Hishamuddin is a Sri Tambak, Sembrong, Johor UMNO member. He is now holding the position as the branch leader of UMNO Sembrong Branch. Before this he was elected as the youth chief of UMNO Malaysia.
He was elected as a member of parliament Tenggara in the 1995 general election. In the year 1999, he was able to retain the position.
However. because of the new area border made by the Election Commission, he was transferred to a new constituency which is Sembrong, the seat he is currently holding now. He later defeated PAS candidate Onn Jaafar with the majority of 16, 978 votes in PRU-11 eight years ago.
Among his popular campaign promise was to develop the Sembrong constituency towards a better and stronger Malaysia.
During his tenure as a parliament member he was positioned in various ministries in the Malaysian government. In 1995 he was elected as the Parlimentary Secretary of the International Trade and Industry.
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