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Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah (5 January 1924 – 4 September 2012)[1] was a Malaysian politician and athlete who served as President of Asian Football Confederation from 9 December 1978 to 1 August 1994.

Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri
Hamzah Abu Samah
President of AFC
In office
9 December 1978 – 1 August 1994
Preceded by Kambiz Atabay
Succeeded by Ahmad Shah
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports
In office
22 April 1971 – 1 May 1973
Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak
Preceded by Hamzah Ali
Succeeded by Muhyiddin Yassin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Temerloh, Pahang
In office
Personal details
Born (1924-01-05)5 January 1924
Kuala Lipis, Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died 4 September 2012(2012-09-04) (aged 88)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting place Makam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation


Samah was educated at Malay College Kuala Kangsar. He went on to study law at Gray's Inn in England. He became a Member of Parliament representing Raub (1967-1978) and Temerloh (1978-1980) in Dewan Rakyat, Malaysia's parliament.

Additionally he was Minister of Sports and Youth from 22 April 1971 to 1 May 1973 in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tun Abdul Razak. He was defence minister from 1973-1980 and Trade and Industry Minister from 1974-1980. In 1980, he stepped down after having a coronary bypass operation.[2]

He was a member of IOC from 1978 to 2004 and was an honorary member until his death.[3]

He died on 4 September 2012 in Kuala Lumpur. He was 88 years old. His body was buried in Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.


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