Abdullah Ahmad Badawi served as the 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia. Browse through this biography to know more about his life and childhood.

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Also Listed In: Political Leaders

Famous as: Politician

Nationality: Malaysian

religion: Sunni Islam

political ideology: United Malays National Organisation

Born on: 26 November 1939 AD    Famous 26th November Birthdays

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius    Famous Sagitarians

Born in: Bayan Lepas

siblings: Fahim Ibrahim Badawi

Spouses: Endon Mahmood, Jeanne Abdullah

children: Khairy Jamaluddin

education: University of Malaya, University of Cambridge, Bukit Mertajam High School

Founder/Co-Founder: Father of Human Capital Development

Works & Achievements: 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Chairman of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, ASEAN & Non-Aligned Movement

Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

The 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi is one of the most prolific Malaysian politicians that the country has ever had. Fondly known as Pak Lah, or Uncle Abdullah, Badawi has held important positions during his active years. He served as the chairman of the ASEAN, Non Aligned Movement and Organisation of the Islamic Conference. Additionally, he also held the chair of the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia before being elected as the 5th Prime Minister. For his relentless service to the nation, he has been conferred with the title of 'Tun' by his majesty Mizan Zainal Abidin. To know more on the life and career of this ace politician, read through the following lines.

Childhood & Early Life
  • Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was born in Kampung Perlis, Bayan Lepas, Penang in a highly religious family. 
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  • He studied at the Bukit Mertajam High School, post which he was educated at MBS (Methodist Boy's School) Penang for his 6th form. 
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  • After receiving his education, Badawi enrolled himself at the University of Malaya. He graduated from the same with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies in 1964. 
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    Career
  • Post graduation, Badawi joined the Malaysian Administrative and Diplomatic Corps, where he served as the Director of Youth at the Ministry of Youth and Sport as well as secretary of the National Operations Council (MAGERAN). 
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  • Badawi resigned from the same to become the Member of Parliament for his constituency of Kepala Batas in northern Seberang Perai in 1978. 
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  • In 1988, the then prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad elected Badawi as the Vice President of the newly established UMNO. In 1990, he retained his position as the Vice President, after which he was brought back to the position of Foreign Minister in the Cabinet, a position he held until 1999. 
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  • Despite losing the office of the Vice President in 1993, he remained in the Cabinet and was chosen as the Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
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  • Before 1998, Badawi held various profile at the Prime Minister’s office, such as Minister of Education, Minister of Defence, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. 
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  • On completion of his probation and dismissal of Anwar Ibrahim, Badawi was elected as Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (1999-2003) and Minister of Home Affairs. Simultaneously, he also held the position of the President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). 
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  • During his term in the office of the Prime Minister, Badawi resolved to bring down corruption. He even prophesized an interpretation of Islam, known as Islam Hadhari, according to which he advocated inter-compatibility between Islam and the economic and technological development. 
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  • Badawi also focused on internal security against corrupt practices. Additionally, he gave a lot of importance to the foreign policy making. For his work, Badawi was popularly referred to as “Pak Lah” (Uncle Lah) by the people of the country. 
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  • He kept the crucial finance portfolio with him under which he released his maiden budget that was mostly maintenance oriented, a sharp contrast from growth policies emphasised by Mahathir, his predecessor. 
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  • Badawi advocated new economic policies according to which, instead of foreign investments, government contracts and privatization, agriculture and biotechnology was promoted. 
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  • It was under Badawi’s administration that Malaysia and Japan went under the free trade agreement, under which the two countries were able to scrap tariffs essentially on all industrial goods and most agricultural, forestry and fishery products. 
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  • In 2008, Badawi contested and won the Prime Ministerial election twice in a row. He yet again kept the finance portfolio with him, and distributed the rest amongst his 68-member Cabinet. However, political crisis from both opposition and his party members led to his stepping down from the Prime Ministerial position and as a President of UMNO. 
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    Awards & Achievements
  • Ahli Mangku Negara (1971) 
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  • Kesatria Mangku Negara (1974) 
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  • Darjah Johan Negeri (1979) 
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  • Darjah Yang Mulia Pangkuan Negeri (1981) 
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  • The Kwangha Medal (South Korea, 1983) 
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  • Grand Cordan Of The Order Of The Sacred Treasure (Japan, 1991) 
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  • Grand Cross Of The Order Of Merit (Chile, 1994) 
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  • First Class Of The Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant (Thailand, 1994) 
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  • Darjah Gemilang Pangkuan Negeri (1997) 
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  • First Class Of Order Of Democratic People's Republic Of Korea Friendship (North Korea, 1997) 
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  • Seri Panglima Darjah Kinabalu (1999) 
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  • Darjah Kebesaran Sultan Ahmad Shah Pahang Yang Amat DiMulia (1999) 
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  • Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (2000) 
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  • Darjah Seri Paduka Negeri Sembilan (2000) 
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  • Darjah Setia Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamallulail (2001) 
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  • Darjah Seri Paduka Sultan Azlan Shah (2003) 
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  • Datuk Patinggi Bintang Kenyalang (2003) 
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  • Darjah Kerabat Johor Yang Amat Dihormati Pangkat Pertama (2004) 
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  • Darjah Utama Negeri Melaka (2004) 
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  • Order of José Marti (Cuba, 2004) 
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  • Darjah Seri Utama Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (2005) 
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  • Bintang Republik Indonesia Adipradana {Indonesia, 2007) 
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  • Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara (2009) 
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  • Seri Utama Mahkota Wilayah (2010) 
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    Personal Life & Legacy
  • Abdullah Badawi married Endon Mahmood in the year 1965. Mahmood died of breast cancer in the year 2005. 
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  • Two years later, Badawi tied the knot again with Jeanne Abdullah. This was her second marriage as well, she being first married to Mahmood’s younger brother. 
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  • Badawi has been blessed with four children. 
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    ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI TIMELINE

    1939:

     Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was born 
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    1964:

     Graduated from the University of Malaya with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Islamic Studies 
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    1965:

     Married Endon Mahmood 
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    1978:

     Became the Member of Parliament for his constituency of Kepala Batas in northern Seberang Perai 
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    1990:

     Abdullah retained his seat as Vice President 
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    1999-2003:

     Served as the eighth deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia 
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    2003-2006:

     Served as the Chairman for the Non Aligned Movement 
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    2003:

     Took up the position of the Prime Minister 
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    2005:

     Endon Mahmood died 
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    2007:

     Married Jeanne Abdullah 
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    2008:

     Sworn in for a second term as Prime Minister 
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    2009:

     Resigned from the position of UMNO President and Prime Minister 
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    Books About Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

      Abdullah Ahmad Badawi: Revivalist of an Intellectual Tradition

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      Malaysians of Arab Descent: Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Putra of Perlis, Sirajuddin of Perlis, Sharifah Amani

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