Zulhasnan Rafique

Zulhasnan bin Rafique (Jawi: ذوالحسنان بن رفيق; born 20 September 1954) is a Malaysian politician and the former Minister of Federal Territories. He is a former Member of Parliament of Malaysia for Wangsa Maju and Setiawangsa constituencies[1] in Kuala Lumpur and a supreme council member in the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO), the largest component party in the previously ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN).

Zulhasnan Rafique
ذوالحسنان رفيق
Minister of Federal Territories
In office
14 February 2006  9 April 2009
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyAbu Seman Yusop (2006–2008)
Saravanan Murugan (2008–2009)
Preceded byShahrizat Abdul Jalil (Acting)
Succeeded byRaja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin as Minister of Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing
Deputy Minister of Federal Territories
In office
27 March 2004  14 February 2006
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterMohd Isa Abdul Samad (2004–2005)
Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Acting) (2005–2006)
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byAbu Seman Yusop
15th Malaysian Ambassador to the United States
In office
28 December 2016  23 April 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Preceded byAwang Adek Hussin
Succeeded byAzmil Mohd Zabidi
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Setiawangsa
In office
21 March 2004  5 May 2013
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byAhmad Fauzi Zahari (UMNO-BN)
Majority19,669 (2004)
8,134 (2008)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Wangsa Maju
In office
29 November 1999  21 March 2004
Preceded byKamal Mat Salih (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byYew Teong Lock (MCA-BN)
Majority5,618 (1999)
Personal details
Zulhasnan bin Rafique

(1954-09-20) 20 September 1954
Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
SpouseSiti Nooriah Razak
Children3 children
ProfessionMilitary officer (fighter pilot)
Military service
Allegiance Malaysia
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Branch/service Royal Malaysian Air Force
Years of service12 years
Unit12th Squadron RMAF
Battles/warsOps Helang Malindo
Ops Kubay
Daoyai Musnah


Zulhasnan joined the Royal Malaysian Air Force as a fighter pilot and retired in 1985 with the rank of Major (Squadron leader in other countries) before entering politics.[1]


Zulhasnan debuted in the 1999 Malaysian general election and won the Wangsa Maju seat to be elected as a Member of Parliament. In the 2004 general election, he contested and won the Setiawangsa parliamentary seat. On 27 March 2004, following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, the Federal Territory and Klang Valley Planning and Development Division was upgraded to a full-fledged ministry. Its responsibility expanded to include jurisdiction over the territories of Labuan and Putrajaya. Zulhasnan was the first deputy minister to be appointed to the ministry.

Mohd Isa Abdul Samad was the first minister to be appointed. However, Isa was dismissed from office after he was found guilty of corruption charges related to money politics during the UMNO General Assembly Election of 2005. Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (then the Minister for Women, Family and Community Development) assumed the responsibilities of acting minister until a replacement could be found.

On 16 February 2006, Zulhasnan was appointed the Federal Territories Minister.[1] Under the leadership of Zulhasnan, a strategic plan that focused on development plans for all three Federal Territories was created. In the 2008 election, he was reelected again as a Member of Parliament. He was dropped from the new cabinet on 9 April 2009 by Najib Abdul Razak who took over as the 6th Prime Minister. He was not chosen by Barisan Nasional to recontest the Setiawangsa seat in the 2013 election.[2]

He was appointed as the Malaysian Ambassador to the United States, replacing Awang Adek Hussin in December 2016.[3] But he resigned in April 2018 to contest in the 2018 election the Setiawangsa constituency again.[4] Following the huge swing of votes to the coalition Pakatan Harapan, he lost and failed to win back his former parliamentary seat.[5]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9][10]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P105 Wangsa Maju, K.L. Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 29,997 55.17% Marina Mohd. Yusoff (PKR) 24,379 44.83% 59,609 5,618 79.38%
2004 P118 Setiawangsa, K.L. Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 27,757 77.44% Abdul Rashid Hassan Basri (PAS) 8,088 22.56% 36,137 19,669 70.12%
2008 Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 25,489 59.49% Ibrahim Yaacob (PKR) 17,355 40.51% 45,096 8,134 78.89%
2018 Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 20,099 33.03% Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 34,471 56.65% 61,884 14,372 85.79%
Ubaid Abd Akla (PAS) 6,282 10.32%


Honours of Malaysia

See also


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  2. Lingham, Mitra (3 April 2013). "Setiawangsa : Zulhasnan not one to rest on his laurels". The Malaysian Times. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. "Former FT Minister Zulhasnan Appointed As The New Malaysian Ambassador To United States". Malaysian Digest. Archived from the original on 31 December 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. Intan Farhana Zainul (28 April 2018). "Barisan's Zulhasnan making a comeback in Setiawangsa". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  5. H. Rodzi, Nadirah (10 May 2018). "Malaysia Votes 2018: BN's big names toppled, one after another". The Straits Times. Retrieved 10 May 2018.
  6. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 10 May 2013. Percentage figures based on total turnout, excluding informal votes.
  7. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  9. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. "Federal Awards: Michelle Yeoh Now A 'Tan Sri'". MT Webmaster. Free Malaysia Today. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. "Jackie Chan Panglima Mahkota Wilayah". MalaysianReview.com. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
  13. "Two ministers made Datuk Seris". Roslina Mohamad. The Star. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
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