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Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia
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Official emblem of the Office of the Prime Minister
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Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

since 21 May 2018
Deputy Prime Minister's Office
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Member of Cabinet
Reports to Parliament
Residence Seri Satria
Seat Perdana Putra, Putrajaya
Nominator Prime Minister
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Term length 5 years, renewable. Depended on the Prime Minister
Inaugural holder Tun Abdul Razak
Formation 31 August 1957; 60 years ago (1957-08-31)
Salary MYR18,168.15 monthly[1]

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia (Malay: Timbalan Perdana Menteri Malaysia) is the second highest political office in Malaysia. There have been eleven deputy prime ministers since the office was created in 1957. The first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman, started the convention of appointing a Deputy Prime Minister.

The current Deputy Prime Minister is Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who took office on 10 May 2018, she is the first female to hold office.


Deputy Prime Minister appointmentEdit

Although Malaysia has always had a Deputy Prime Minister since independence, a Prime Minister may choose not to appoint a Deputy Prime Minister. The office of Deputy Prime Minister is not provided for in the Constitution of Malaysia. At the same time, a Prime Minister could appoint more than one Deputy Prime Minister, as has occurred before in Singapore.

By the practice of the past ruling coalition Barisan Nasional, where the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) was the unofficial leader, the UMNO Deputy President was usually appointed the Deputy Prime Minister by the Prime Minister (who was the UMNO President). In the organisational structure of Barisan Nasional, the President and Deputy President of UMNO were automatically made the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of Barisan Nasional.

In the current ruling coalition - Pakatan Harapan, a coalition of four equal partner parties, the holder of the position of Deputy Prime Minister is decided upon by the coalition's Presidential Council. The current postholder is Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail, who is the first female holder of post.

Deaths, resignations and removals from officeEdit

Of the ten previous officeholders, five have gone on to become prime minister. Of the remaining, one died in office, two resigned, and two were removed from office by the sitting prime minister.

Ismail Abdul Rahman died in office due to massive heart attack in 1973. Musa Hitam resigned from second Mahathir cabinet over differences with Prime Minister over government policy in 1986. Ghafar Baba resigned from his portfolio following UMNO grassroots lost confidence in his leadership and his position as Deputy President of UMNO was challenged by Anwar Ibrahim in the UMNO's top leadership election. Anwar Ibrahim was the first deputy prime minister to be sacked after being accused and subsequently charged with corruption and sodomy in 1998. Muhyiddin Yassin was the second DPM to be removed from office after being dropped from the Cabinet by Prime Minister Najib Razak in a reshuffle in 2015.[2] He later was sacked from his party.[3]

List of Deputy Prime Ministers of MalaysiaEdit

Colour key (for political parties):
  Alliance Party/Barisan Nasional   Pakatan Harapan

Portrait Name


Term of office Political Party
1   Abdul Razak Hussein
31 August 1957 22 September 1970 13 years, 22 days Alliance (UMNO)
2   Ismail Abdul Rahman
22 September 1970 2 August 1973 2 years, 314 days Alliance (UMNO)
3   Hussein Onn
13 August 1973 15 January 1976 2 years, 155 days Alliance (UMNO)
4   Mahathir Mohamad
(b. 1925)
5 March 1976 16 July 1981 5 years, 133 days BN (UMNO)
5 Musa Hitam
(b. 1934)
18 July 1981 16 March 1986 4 years, 241 days BN (UMNO)
6   Abdul Ghafar Baba
10 May 1986 15 October 1993 7 years, 158 days BN (UMNO)
7   Anwar Ibrahim
(b. 1947)
1 December 1993 2 September 1998 4 years, 275 days BN (UMNO)
8   Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
(b. 1939)
8 January 1999 31 October 2003 4 years, 296 days BN (UMNO)
9   Najib Razak
(b. 1953)
7 January 2004 3 April 2009 5 years, 86 days BN (UMNO)
10   Muhyiddin Yassin
(b. 1947)
10 April 2009 29 July 2015 6 years, 110 days BN (UMNO)
11   Ahmad Zahid Hamidi
(b. 1953)
29 July 2015 10 May 2018 2 years, 285 days BN (UMNO)
12   Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
(b. 1952)
21 May 2018 Incumbent 58 days PH (PKR)

Living former deputy prime ministersEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "CPPS Policy Factsheet: Remuneration of Elected Officials in Malaysia" (PDF). Centre for Public Policy Studies. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Muhyiddin terima penggugurannya dengan hati terbuka" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 11 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "UMNO sacks former Malaysian DPM Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir". Channel NewsAsia. 24 June 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.