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Zahidi Zainul Abidin
زاهدي زين العابدين
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Ministerial roles
2020–2022Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia
Exco roles (Perlis)
1999–2003Deputy Chairman of the Education
2003–2006Chairman of the Investment, Trade, Science, Technology, Consumerism and Agro-based Industry
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2013–2022Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Perlis State Legislative Assembly
1999–2008Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2015–2018Chairman of Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA)
Personal details
Born
Zahidi bin Zainul Abidin

(1961-01-09) 9 January 1961 (age 61)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
(–2022)
Independent
(since 2022)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
(–2022)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
(aligned:2020–2022)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
(2019–2022)
OccupationPolitician
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Zahidi Zainul Abidin on Parliament of Malaysia

Datuk Zahidi bin Zainul Abidin (Jawi: زاهدي بن زين العابدين; born 9 January 1961) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Annuar Musa since August 2021. He served his first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Saifuddin Abdullah from March 2020 to August 2021, Chairman of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) from 2015 to 2018 and Member of the Perlis State Executive Council (EXCO) in the BN state administration under former Menteri Besar Shahidan Kassim from 1999 to 2006. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Padang Besar since May 2013. He is an independent and was a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. He was also the Division Chief of UMNO of Padang Besar. He is also the Chairman of the Malaysian International Institute of Islamic Cooperation (IKIAM).[1]

Zahidi received his Diploma in Public Administration from Institut Teknologi MARA (Universiti Teknologi MARA).[2]

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Politician

Politician

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Minister of Communications and Multimedia (Malaysia)

Minister of Communications and Multimedia (Malaysia)

The position for Minister of Communications and Multimedia is on vacant, since 19 November 2022. The minister was supported by Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia which was Zahidi Zainul Abidin. The minister administers the portfolio through the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia.

Barisan Nasional

Barisan Nasional

The National Front is a political coalition of Malaysia that was founded in 1973 as a coalition of right-wing political parties. It is also the third largest political coalition with 30 seats in the Dewan Rakyat after coalition Pakatan Harapan with 82 seats and the coalition Perikatan Nasional with 73 seats.

Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Dato' Sri Ismail Sabri bin Yaakob is a Malaysian politician who served as the 9th Prime Minister of Malaysia from August 2021 to November 2022. He is both the shortest-serving Prime Minister who served for 15 months and the Deputy Prime Minister who served for 40 days, the first and only Prime Minister born after the independence of Malaya in 1957, the first ever former Leader of the Opposition to become Prime Minister, the first and only Prime Minister who is not the highest in rank in a political party or coalition and the first and only Prime Minister without having a deputy prime minister.

Annuar Musa

Annuar Musa

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Annuar bin Musa is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Communications and Multimedia in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. He served as Minister of Federal Territories under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration from March 2020 to August 2021. He served as the Minister of Rural Development and Minister of Youth and Sports under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration from October 1990 to December 1999. He served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketereh from May 2013 to November 2022 and for Peringat from April 1995 to November 1999. He has served as member, Member of the Supreme Council, Information Chief, Division Chairman of Ketereh of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and served as Secretary-General of its ruling BN coalition which is aligned with the PN coalition, from March 2020 to January 2021.

Perikatan Nasional

Perikatan Nasional

The National Alliance is a political coalition composed of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (GERAKAN). This coalition was preceded by the Malaysian Party Alliance Association, also known as the Persatuan Perikatan Parti Malaysia (PPPM).

Muhyiddin Yassin

Muhyiddin Yassin

Tan Sri Dato' Haji Mahiaddin bin Md Yasin, commonly known as Muhyiddin bin Mohd. Yassin, is a Malaysian politician who served as the 8th Prime Minister of Malaysia from March 2020 to August 2021. Appointed as prime minister amid a political crisis, Muhyiddin served for 17 months and resigned after losing parliamentary support, making him the second shortest-serving prime minister in Malaysian history after Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority

Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority

Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority, abbreviated RISDA, is a Malaysian federal government agency under the Ministry of Rural Development entrusted to oversee the smallholder sector as an important production sector in the national economy. RISDA was established on 1 January 1973 under the powers passed by Parliament:- the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA) Act 1972 [Act 85] and the Rubber Industry Fund (Replanting) Ordinance 1952.

Perlis State Executive Council

Perlis State Executive Council

The Perlis State Executive Council is the executive authority of the Government of Perlis, Malaysia. The Council comprises the Menteri Besar, appointed by the Raja on the basis that he is able to command a majority in the Perlis State Legislative Assembly, a number of members made up of members of the Assembly, the State Secretary, the State Legal Adviser and the State Financial Officer.

Dewan Rakyat

Dewan Rakyat

The Dewan Rakyat is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament, the federal legislature of Malaysia. The chamber and its powers are established by Article 44 of the Constitution of Malaysia. The Dewan Rakyat sits in the Houses of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, along with the Dewan Negara, the upper house.

Padang Besar (federal constituency)

Padang Besar (federal constituency)

Padang Besar is a federal constituency in Perlis, Malaysia, that has been represented in the Dewan Rakyat since 1995.

Independent politician

Independent politician

An independent or non-partisan politician is a politician not affiliated with any political party or bureaucratic association. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent.

Political offices

Zahidi has held various positions in politics and UMNO:

Year Designation
1991–1993 Islamic Education Chief for UMNO Youth Malaysia
1993 Deputy Chief of UMNO Youth Kangar Division
1998 Members of The Training and Student Council UMNO Youth Malaysia.
1998 International UMNO Youth Council Member
1998 UMNO International Bureau
1991–1998 UMNO Malaysia Youth Education Bureau
1994–1998 Perlis Deputy UMNO Youth Chief
1994–2001 UMNO Padang Besar Youth Chief
1998–2001 UMNO Perlis Youth Chief
2001–2004 UMNO Malaysia Youth Exco
2008–2022 UMNO Padang Besar Divisional Chief
2020–2022 Deputy Minister of Communications and Multimedia

Controversies

In September 2020, Zahidi caused a nationwide outrage when he falsely accused a Sabahan foundation student named Veveonah Mosibin from Universiti Malaysia Sabah of trying to popularise her YouTube channel when she posted a video of her in a hut on top of a tree struggling to take an exam. Veveonah at the time had to stay home due to Malaysia's Movement Control Order (MCO) to stop the COVID-19 outbreak in the country and had to go on top of tree to get signal for internet connection.[3] Zahidi was later made to apologise for his inaccurate remark in Dewan Negara and informed that it was Abdul Rahim Bakri of Kudat MP who told him that Veveonah did not have exams on the day she uploaded the video, of which, later clarified otherwise by the university's chairman, Masidi Manjun.[4][5][6]

The aftermath of the incident had brought Zahidi's academic credentials under spotlight for purportedly dubious academic qualification while Veveonah's hometown district got 13 new telecommunication towers expeditiously installed with 4G connection under the JENDELA program.[7][8]

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Sabah

Sabah

Sabah is a state of Malaysia located in northern Borneo, in the region of East Malaysia. Sabah borders the Malaysian state of Sarawak to the southwest and the North Kalimantan province of Indonesia to the south. The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off Sabah's west coast. Kota Kinabalu is the state capital city, the economic centre of the state, and the seat of the Sabah state government. Other major towns in Sabah include Sandakan and Tawau. The 2020 census recorded a population of 3,418,785 in the state. It has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests, abundant with animal and plant species. The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which forms part of the Crocker Range National Park. Kinabatangan River, the second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah. The highest point of Sabah, Mount Kinabalu is also the highest point of Malaysia.

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Universiti Malaysia Sabah is a public university in Malaysia. It was officially established on 24 November 1994 as the ninth public university in the country. The university is located on a 999-acre site at Sepanggar Bay in Kota Kinabalu in the Malaysian state of Sabah. With Mount Kinabalu and the South China Sea as its background, UMS is often considered as among the most beautiful campuses in Southeast Asia.

YouTube

YouTube

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Malaysian movement control order

Malaysian movement control order

The 2020–21 Malaysia Government Movement Control Order, commonly referred to as the MCO or PKP, was a series of national quarantine and cordon sanitaire measures implemented by the federal government of Malaysia in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country starting on 18 March 2020. The orders have been commonly referred to in local and international media as "lockdowns". MCO measures encompassed restrictions on movement, assembly and international travel, and mandated the closure of business, industry, government and educational institutions to curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified from an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Attempts to contain failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 28 November 2022, the pandemic had caused more than 641 million cases and 6.63 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Dewan Negara

Dewan Negara

The Dewan Negara is the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia, consisting of 70 senators of whom 26 are elected by the state legislative assemblies, with two senators for each state, while the other 44 are appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King), including four who are appointed to represent the federal territories.

Abdul Rahim Bakri

Abdul Rahim Bakri

Datuk Haji Abdul Rahim bin Bakri is a Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Minister of Finance I in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and former Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz from March 2020 to August 2021, Deputy Minister of Defence, Deputy Minister of Transport, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak and former Ministers Rais Yatim, Ong Tee Keat, Kong Cho Ha and Hishammuddin Hussein from March 2008 to May 2013 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kudat from March 2008 to November 2022. He is a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the ruling PN coalition was a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. After the defeat of BN to PH in the 2018 general election, he resigned from UMNO in 2018 and joined BERSATU in 2019. was a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. After the defeat of BN to PH in the 2018 general election, he resigned from UMNO to be an independent in 2018 and joined BERSATU in 2019.

Kudat (federal constituency)

Kudat (federal constituency)

Kudat is a federal constituency in Kudat Division, Sabah, Malaysia, that has been represented in the Dewan Rakyat since 2004.

Masidi Manjun

Masidi Manjun

Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun is a Malaysian politician who has served as the State Minister of Local Government and Housing and State Minister of Finance II in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) state administration under Chief Minister Hajiji Noor since September 2020 and Member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Karanaan since March 2004. He is the state COVID-19 spokesman of the GRS state government of Sabah. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he speaks frequently on the response of Sabah towards the pandemic. He is a member of Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition which is also part of the ruling GRS coalition. He has served as the State Deputy Chairman of BERSATU of Sabah since April 2019 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) from August 2020 to January 2021.

Personal life

In January 2021, Zahidi was tested positive for COVID-19 and sent to Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment.[9] He was discharged after 11 days.[10]

Election results

Perlis State Legislative Assembly: N2 Beseri[11]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (UMNO) 2,774 58.66% Abd. Rahman Rejab (PAS) 1,955 41.34% 5,069 819 73.77%
2004 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (UMNO) 3,492 68.30% Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir (PAS) 1,621 31.70% 5,222 1,871 78.59%
Perlis State Legislative Assembly: N1 Titi Tinggi
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2022 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (IND) Teh Chai Aan (MCA)
Teh Seng Chuan (DAP)
Izzam Ibrahim (BERSATU)
Mohd Shahril Md Sarif (PEJUANG)
Khaw Hock Kong (WARISAN)


Parliament of Malaysia: P1 Padang Besar, Perlis[12][13][14]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (UMNO) 21,473 60.45% Azamhari Mohamood (PAS) 14,047 39.55% 36,142 7,426 86.11%
2018 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (UMNO) 15,032 41.18% Izizam Ibrahim (BERSATU) 13,594 37.24% 37,432 1,438 81.20%
Mokhtar Senik (PAS) 7,874 21.57%
2022 Zahidi Zainul Abidin (IND) 1,939 1.56% Rusydan Rusmi (PAS) 24,267 53.58% 45,288 12,514 75.24%
Zahida Zarik Khan (UMNO) 11,753 25.95%
Mohd Saat @ Yahya (AMANAH) 7,085 15.64%
Ko Chu Liang (WARISAN) 244 0.54%

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Beseri (state constituency)

Beseri (state constituency)

Beseri is a state constituency in Perlis, Malaysia, that has been represented in the Perlis State Legislative Assembly.

1999 Malaysian general election

1999 Malaysian general election

A general election was held on Monday, 29 November 1999 for members of the 10th Parliament of Malaysia. Voting took place in all 193 parliamentary constituencies of Malaysia, each electing one Member of Parliament to the Dewan Rakyat, the dominant house of Parliament. State elections also took place in 394 state constituencies in 11 out of 13 states of Malaysia on the same day. This was the last election for Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister and Chairman of Barisan Nasional, until 2018. This was also the first election held in a single day nationwide.

2004 Malaysian general election

2004 Malaysian general election

A general election was held on Sunday, 21 March 2004 for members of the 11th Parliament of Malaysia. Voting took place in all 219 parliamentary constituencies of Malaysia, each electing one Member of Parliament to the Dewan Rakyat, the dominant house of Parliament. This is first election for Abdullah as Prime Minister since appointed for this position in 2003. State elections also took place in 505 state constituencies in 12 out of 13 states of Malaysia on the same day as Sabah took the first time election was parallel with the rest of Peninsular Malaysia.

Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir

Mohd Anuar Mohd Tahir

Datuk Wira Mohd Anuar bin Mohd Tahir is a Malaysian politician. He is a member and the secretary-general of the National Trust Party (AMANAH), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition coalition. He was Deputy Minister of Works in the PH administration under former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and former minister Baru Bian from July 2018 to the collapse of the administration in February 2020. He has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Temerloh since May 2018.

2022 Perlis state election

2022 Perlis state election

The 2022 Perlis state election, formally the 15th Perlis state election, took place on 19 November 2022. This election was to elect 15 members of the 15th Perlis State Legislative Assembly. The previous assembly was dissolved on 14 October 2022.

Independent politician

Independent politician

An independent or non-partisan politician is a politician not affiliated with any political party or bureaucratic association. There are numerous reasons why someone may stand for office as an independent.

Malaysian Chinese Association

Malaysian Chinese Association

The Malaysian Chinese Association is a uni-racial political party in Malaysia that seeks to represent the Malaysian Chinese ethnicity; it was one of the three original major component parties of the coalition party in Malaysia called the Alliance Party, which later became a broader coalition called Barisan Nasional in Malay, or National Front in English.

Democratic Action Party

Democratic Action Party

The Democratic Action Party is a centre-left social democratic political party in Malaysia. As one of four component parties of the Pakatan Harapan coalition, it formed the federal government after defeating Barisan Nasional in the 2018 Malaysian general election, ending the party's 53 year-long stay in the opposition. However, before the coalition finished its first term, defections from partnering parties caused it to lose power after 22 months, culminating in the 2020 Malaysian political crisis. At the 2022 Malaysia general election, the PH coalition which the DAP was part of was returned to power again, albeit with a smaller majority leading it to form a unity government with political rivals.

Malaysian United Indigenous Party

Malaysian United Indigenous Party

The Malaysian United Indigenous Party, abbreviated BERSATU or PPBM, is a nationalist political party in Malaysia. The party was preceded by the United Indigenous Association of Malaysia. It is a major component party within the Perikatan Nasional coalition and the Barisan Nasional coalition, after the collapse of the Pakatan-led government. BERSATU was approved and fully registered on 14 January 2017 by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) and the use of the BERSATU logo was authorized by the Malaysian Election Commission (SPR). The party held the Prime Ministerial position as well as the majority of positions in the cabinet from May 2020 to August 2021. The party's founding members came from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and Barisan Nasional rebel group Gabungan Ketua Cawangan Malaysia in 2016.

Homeland Fighters' Party

Homeland Fighters' Party

The Homeland Fighters' Party is a Malay-based political party of Malaysia, formed in August 2020 by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad in opposition to the ruling Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional government led by the then-Prime Minister and president of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Heritage Party (Malaysia)

Heritage Party (Malaysia)

The Heritage Party is a multi-racial political party in Malaysia which was rebranded and renamed from the Sabah Heritage Party, a Sabah-based party led by Shafie Apdal formed earlier on 17 October 2016 after its expansion into national level politics at the end of 2021.

Dewan Rakyat

Dewan Rakyat

The Dewan Rakyat is the lower house of the bicameral Parliament, the federal legislature of Malaysia. The chamber and its powers are established by Article 44 of the Constitution of Malaysia. The Dewan Rakyat sits in the Houses of Parliament in Kuala Lumpur, along with the Dewan Negara, the upper house.

Honours

Honours of Malaysia

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