Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor

Datuk Seri Utama Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor (Jawi: تڠكو عدنان بن تڠكو منصور; born 20 December 1950) is a Malaysian politician who served as Minister of Federal Territories, Minister of Tourism and Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from November 2002 to the collapse of the BN administration in May 2018. He has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Putrajaya from March 2004 to November 2022. He is a member of and has also served as Treasurer-General of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling BN coalition which is aligned with another ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, since June 2018. He also served as Secretary-General of UMNO from March 2009 to June 2018.

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
تڠكو عدنان تڠكو منصور
Tengku Adnan in 2019
Treasurer-General of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
30 June 2018
Caketaker: since 30 June 2021
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded bySalleh Said Keruak
Secretary-General of the
United Malays National Organisation
In office
26 March 2009  29 June 2018
PresidentNajib Razak (2009–2018)
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
(Acting) (2018)
Preceded byMohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad
Succeeded byAnnuar Musa
Ministerial roles
2001–2002Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
2002–2004Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
2006–2008Minister of Tourism
2013–2018Minister of Federal Territories
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2004–2022Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2000–2004Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Tengku Adnan bin Tengku Mansor

(1950-12-20) 20 December 1950
Malacca, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
SpouseAnggraini Sentiyaki
Alma materUniversiti Teknologi MARA
University of Southern California (BBA)

In 2018, he was charged with corruption for allegedly accepting bribe by a businessman, which he denied. In 2020, he was convicted and sentenced to jail. The conviction was overturned on appeal in 2021.

Early life and education

Born in Malacca, Malaysia, Adnan obtained a Diploma in Business Administration from Mara Technology Institute (Malay: Institut Teknologi Mara, ITM), which is now known as Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malay: Universiti Teknologi Mara, UiTM), and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Southern California.

Adnan held important positions in the corporate sector, such as Director and Chairman of Far East Asset (FEA) and Chairman of UNZA Holdings Bhd.

Political career

Adnan joined politics in the early 1980s. He became Treasurer of the UMNO Youth wing in 1988. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in 1993 but lost the position in 1996. He was appointed as Federal Territory liaison chairman in June 2000. On 29 November 2001, he was appointed the Chairman of the Federal Territory Barisan Nasional. In 2003, he was appointed the Chief of the Putrajaya UMNO, and later he won the position again uncontested in the party election in June 2004. In September 2004, he was successful in a bid for an UMNO Supreme Council seat.

Adnan won the Parliamentary seat of Putrajaya in the March 2004 general election by defeating Abdul Rahman Othman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (KeADILan).

Adnan was appointed as the Tourism Minister, replacing Datuk Dr. Leo Michael Toyad, on 14 February 2006. He was dropped from the cabinet following the March 2008 general election, where the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition received a serious drubbing at the polls.

After his victory for third time in 2013 general election, Adnan has returned to the cabinet and appointed as Minister of the Federal Territories.[1]

In the 2018 general election, Adnan was reelected to the Parliament. However, he lost his cabinet post as BN was relegated to opposition while the federal government was taken over by Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Corruption case

On 15 November 2018, Tengku Adnan pleaded not guilty for accepting RM2 million from Aset Kayamas director Chai Kin Kong via cheque deposited to Tadmansori Holding which Tengku Adnan had interests in. He was allowed bail of RM1 million.[2]

On 2 July 2019, the trial began. 23 witnesses called including Chai and former Kuala Lumpur City Hall mayors, Ahmad Phesal Talib and Mohd Amin Nordin.[2]

On 17 July 2019, Chai took out RM2 million receipt from his wallet which he said is evidence of payment by Umno, to show the sum is for political donation. “Yes, it is in my pocket now” – he said when asked by lead counsel Tan Hock Chuan if he kept any such document.[2]

On 14 October 2019, Tengku Adnan ordered by the High Court to enter his defence on the corruption charges against him.[2]

On 17 January and 5 March 2020, Tengku Adnan’s defence proceedings were held for two days. He admitted receiving a RM2 million cheque from Chai for the expense of the Barisan Nasional election campaign on 14 June 2016. But, he did not report this to the party hierarchy as the money has nothing to do with Umno HQ.[2]

On 30 June 2020, Tengku Adnan was the first defence witness and the defence closed its case after calling four witnesses.[2]

On 21 December 2020, Judge Mohamed Zaini Mazlan said defence failed to challenge evidence brought by the prosecution. Tengku Adnan found guilty for receiving RM2 million of graft from Chai. He was sentenced to jail, fined RM2 million.[2]

On 13 January 2021, Tengku Adnan was found guilty of a RM2 million graft charge towards the year-end, but was discharged on a charge involving RM1 million only a fortnight earlier.[3]

On 25 January 2021, Tengku Adnan filed an appeal on 21 December last year against his conviction.[4]

On 22 April 2021, the Court of Appeal is hearing an appeal by Tengku Adnan against his conviction for receiving RM2 million in kickbacks from Chai Kin Kong. Chai had testified that the funds were a political donation, but the High Court judge did not accept this. Tengku Adnan's counsel is arguing that the judge was wrong in not accepting Chai's testimony and that the receipt issued to the businessman for the funds shows that the payment was a political donation. The prosecution is arguing that the receipt was fabricated and that Chai was not impeached as a witness because he was recognised as biased towards Tengku Adnan. The court has adjourned to consider its decision.[5]

On 22 April 2021, the judge overturned the conviction of Tengku Adnan on corruption charges. The original conviction was based on the testimony of Chai Kin Kong, who said that Adnan had received a RM2 million payment from him. However, the judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to prove that Adnan had actually received the money, and that the payment may have been for political donations instead.[6]

Controversies and issues

Lingam Videoclip controversy

Adnan was called to testify in front of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Lingam Video Clip investigating the allegation of illegal intervention in the appointment process of Malaysian judges that allegedly occurred in 2002. The formation of the commission was a follow-up to a recommendation by a three-man panel which was tasked to determine the authenticity of a video clip of a telephone conversation that raised the allegation.

Following the findings of the Royal Commission, the Malaysian cabinet ordered the Attorney-General to immediately direct agencies to investigate the allegations levelled against six prominent individuals identified in the Lingam video clip affair. The six are former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, retired chief justices Mohd Eusoff Chin and Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim, former minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tengku Adnan Mansor, tycoon Vincent Tan and prominent lawyer V. K. Lingam.

There was sufficient cause to invoke the Sedition Act 1948, the Prevention of Corruption Act 1961, the Legal Profession Act 1976, the Official Secrets Act 1972 and the Penal Code against some of the principal individuals involved,[7] however as of recently, no action has been taken by the Barisan Nasional government against the individuals involved.

Female bloggers controversy

Adnan was involved in controversy with regards to a statement he made about female bloggers where he was quoted as calling female bloggers liars. This caused an uproar among the blogger community and attracted a lot of negative reactions.[8] He was quoted as saying in Malaysian Chinese newspaper Sin Chew Daily and Singaporean English daily, the Straits Times:[9][10]

...All bloggers are liars, they cheat people using all kinds of methods. From my understanding, out of 10,000 unemployed bloggers, 8,000 are women.

Federal territories expansion proposal

In 2017 Tengku Adnan participated in a radio interview in which he discussed his plan to expand the federal territories to include Penang, Langkawi and parts of Malacca. he explained that his goal was to "ensure equal development in the northern state".[11][12]

Tax evasion

On 24 July 2019, the government had filed a lawsuit through the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), against Adnan to claim RM57.17 million in unpaid taxes since 2012 till 2017.[13]

Title controversy

While Adnan claims that his title is not from Malaysia but hereditary from a line of Aceh warriors,[14] researches show that his father, who is of Tamil descendants (but claims to be from Acehnese Teuku origin), only started using the title Tengku two years after Adnan did.[15]

Personal life

Adnan is married to Datin Seri Utama Enny Beatrice Ferlat Kusumo Anggraini. They have two sons and four daughters; Iqbal, Natasya, Hafiz, Nadira, Najwa and Nabila. Adnan has two sons and two daughters from his previous marriage; Daud, Balqish, Yazir and Nadiah.

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[16][17][18][19]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 P125 Putrajaya Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 4,086 87.64% Abdul Rahman Othman (KeADILan) 540 11.58% 4,662 3,546 91.79%
2008 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 4,038 74.56% Mohamad Noor Mohamad (PAS) 1,304 24.08% 5,416 2,734 81.96%
2013 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 9,943 69.09% Husam Musa (PAS) 4,402 30.59% 14,465 5,541 91.60%
2018 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 12,148 49.47% Samsu Adabi Mamat (PPBM) 8,776 35.74% 24,881 3,372 91.12%
Zainal Abidin Kidam (PAS) 3,634 14.80%
2022 Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor (UMNO) 13,692 37.37% Mohd Radzi Md Jidin (BERSATU) 16,002 43.67% 36,969 2,310 86.21%
Noraishah Mydin Abdul Aziz (PKR) 5,988 16.34%
Rosli Ramli (PEJUANG) 878 2.40%
Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi (Independent) 63 0.17%
Lim Fic Bee (Independent) 20 0.05


  •  Malaysia :
  •  Federal Territory (Malaysia) :
    • Grand Knight of the Order of the Territorial Crown (SUMW) - Datuk Seri Utama (2011)
  •  Kedah :
    • Knight Companion of the Order of Loyalty to the Royal House of Kedah (DSDK) - Dato' (1997)
  •  Kelantan :
    • Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Life of the Crown of Kelantan (SJMK) - Dato' (2003)
  •  Malacca :
    • Companion Class I of the Exalted Order of Malacca (DMSM) - Datuk (2000)
    • Grand Commander of the Exalted Order of Malacca (DGSM) - Datuk Seri (2005)
  •  Pahang :
    • Knight Companion of the Order of the Crown of Pahang (DIMP) - Dato' (1988)
    • Knight Companion of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (DSAP) - Dato' (1990)
    • Grand Knight of the Order of the Crown of Pahang (SIMP) - formerly Dato’, now Dato’ Indera (2003)[20]
    • Grand Knight of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (SSAP) - Dato' Sri (2006)
  •  Sabah :

See also


  1. "Tengku Adnan returns to Cabinet after 5-year hiatus". The Star. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. "Chronology of Tengku Adnan graft case".
  3. January 13, Ahmad Naqib Idris / The Edge Malaysia; Pm +08, 2021 17:00 (13 January 2021). "In The Dock: Ku Nan found guilty in one case but discharged in another". The Edge Markets. Retrieved 13 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. "Ku Nan's appeal against graft conviction to be heard April 22". Malay Mail. 25 January 2021. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  5. April 22, Hafiz Yatim / theedgemarkets com; Pm +08, 2021 15:29 (22 April 2021). "RM2m 'political donation', receipt central issues in Ku Nan's graft case appeal". The Edge Markets. Retrieved 13 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. LOHESWAR, R. (16 July 2021). "Court of Appeal overturns Tengku Adnan's RM2m corruption conviction in split decision". Malay Mail. Retrieved 13 November 2022.
  7. "Royal Commission on Lingam video clip: Cabinet orders probe on Dr M, ex-CJs". New Straits Times. 16 May 2008. Archived from the original on 27 May 2008.
  8. "A cyber war in Malaysian politics?". The Malaysian Insider. 19 February 2009. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  9. "MALAYSIA: Bloggers see red over tourism chief's 'insults'". AsiaMedia UCLA (Reproducing article by Straits Times, Singapore). 13 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 19 February 2009.
  10. Mariam Mokhtar (17 November 2018). "The irony of Ku Nan's present situation". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  11. "Ku Nan: Don't politicise proposal for federal territories to include Penang".
  12. "No way, says LGE on Penang becoming a federal territory".
  13. Hafiz Yatim (1 August 2019). "Govt files RM57m suit against Ku Nan for unpaid excess taxes since 2012". The Edge Markets. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  14. https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/03/14/title-is-hereditary-not-from-malaysia-says-ku-nan. {{cite news}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. https://www.royalark.net/Malaysia/pahang7.htm. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  17. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  18. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  19. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  20. "Pahang royalty heads state honours list". www.thestar.com.my. The Star (Malaysia).
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