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Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad (10 October 1939 – 25 March 2010[1]) was a Malaysian politician. He was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Hulu Selangor constituency in Selangor until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) party in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition.

Zainal Abidin Ahmad
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Hulu Selangor, Selangor
In office
8 March 2008 – 25 March 2010
Preceded byG. Palanivel (MIC) – (BN)
Succeeded byP. Kamalanathan (MIC) – (BN)
Deputy Menteri Besar of Selangor
In office
Member of the State Assembly of Selangor for Dusun Tua
In office
Succeeded byRahmad Musa (UMNO) – (BN)
Personal details
Born10 October 1939
Selangor, British Malaya
Died25 March 2010 (aged 70)
Political partyKeadilanPakatan Rakyat (formerly UMNO)
Spouse(s)Siti Zaharah Mohd Zin

Zainal Abidin was a member of the State Assembly of Selangor from 1990 for the UMNO party before being omitted from the ticket of the governing Barisan Nasional coalition for the 2004 election.[2] From 1995 to 1999 he served as Deputy Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) and on the Selangor Executive Council.[3]

Zainal Abidin switched to the opposition Keadilan party in 2005.[4] In the 2008 election, Zainal won the federal seat of Hulu Selangor, unseating the incumbent Barisan Nasional member by a narrow margin of 198 votes.[5]

Zainal Abidin died on 25 March 2010 from brain cancer, triggering a by-election in Hulu Selangor which was won by YB P. Kamalanathan of (MIC) – (BN). He is survived by his wife Datin Siti Zaharah Mohd Zin and four children.[1]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia: P94 Hulu Selangor, Selangor[5]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Barisan Nasional Votes Pct
2008 Zainal Abidin Ahmad (PKR) 23,177 48.7% G. Palanivel (MIC) 22,979 48.2%


  1. ^ a b "Hulu Selangor MP Dr Zainal Abidin dies (Update)". The Star. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Uncle may make way for nephew in Kota Damansara". The Star. 16 February 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  3. ^ Habibu, Sira (3 January 2010). "Hulu Selangor's Zainal rubbishes resignation rumours". The Star. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Fainting spell causes excitement at KKB". The Star. 25 February 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 10 January 2010.