Abdullah Md Zin

Abdullah bin Md Zin (Jawi: عبدالله بن مد زين; born 2 August 1946) was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Besut constituency in Terengganu from 2004 to 2013, sitting as a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Abdullah Md Zin
عبدالله بن مد زين
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Islamic Affairs
In office
27 March 2004 – 18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byAbdul Hamid Zainal Abidin
Succeeded byAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Besut, Terengganu
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byHassan Mohamed
Succeeded byIdris Jusoh
Majority10,590 (2008)
8,500 (2004)
Personal details
Abdullah bin Md Zin

(1946-08-02) 2 August 1946 (age 74)
Alor Selinsing, Jerteh, Terengganu, Malayan Union (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Wan Naimah Wan Latif
Alma materIslamic University of Madinah
University of Kent
Al-Azhar University
OccupationPolitician, PM's religious adviser

Early life and careerEdit

Abdullah was born on 2 August 1946 in Alor Selinsing, Jerteh, Terengganu. He studied at the Islamic University of Madinah, graduating in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in Islamic Studies.[1]

In 1973, he obtained a master's degree in Syariah from Al-Azhar University, Egypt, before receiving a Diploma in Education from Ain Shams University. He was awarded a Doctorate of Philosophy from Kent University, England, in 1986.

Abdullah became a lecturer in 1976, first at the Kolej Islam Klang and then at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). In 1998, he was appointed as the dean of the Faculty of Islamic Studies and in 1999 he became a Professor. In 2000 he was appointed as the Deputy Rector (Academic and Research) at the Kolej Universiti Islam Malaysia (KUIM).


Abdullah resigned from KUIM to be the Barisan Nasional candidate for the federal parliamentary seat of Besut, Terengganu in the 2004 election. The seat had been held by the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). Abdullah won the seat, defeating PAS's Nasharudin Mat Isa.

Abdullah became a member of UMNO's Supreme Council and a Minister in the Department of Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. After the 2008 election he was dropped from the ministry,[2] and in the 2009 UMNO elections, he failed to retain a position on the party's Supreme Council.[3]

When Najib Tun Razak became Prime Minister in 2009, Abdullah became his religious affairs adviser.[4] Abdullah did not recontest his parliamentary seat in the 2013 election, although he remained as Najib's religious adviser.

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia: Besut, Terengganu[5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Abdullah Md Zin (UMNO) 26,087 59% Nasharudin Mat Isa (PAS) 17,587 40%
2008 Abdullah Md Zin (UMNO) 29,376 60% Husain Awang (PAS) 18,786 38%


Honour of MalaysiaEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Leaner govt, Cabinet surprises". The Sun. 18 March 2008. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Two ministers, four MBs among losers in Supreme Council race". The Sun. 27 March 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Abdullah Md Zin Appointed PM's Religious Advisor". The Star. 2 March 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".