Saturday, 12 December 2009

The Academic Background of Malaysian Cabinet Ministers

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Malaysia has 30 Cabinet Ministers including the YAB Prime Minister as well as the YAB Deputy Prime Minister (excluding the Deputy Ministers & Political Secretaries). The Honorable Minister's educational background was not easily accessible and available on the internet and even on wikipedia or google search and even on their personal blog.

From the 30 sworn-in cabinet Ministers, ten (10) Ministers are from various Economics background (from pure economics to industrial and islamic economics), two (2) Engineers (one in mechanical & the other in civil), eight (8) lawyers, one (1) FSIM, one (1) Nutritionist, three (3) unknown educational background, one (1) literature, two (2) business management, one (1) medicine, one (1) islamic study.

We have three (3) cabinet Ministers with a PhD qualification (excluding honorory Doctorate) although there are five (5) Ministers that actually uses the title 'Dr' in front of their names (I could not find the details of the  Doctorate graduation degree), one (1) Harvard University graduate and one 1st class honours degree graduates. I could not find the educational background of three (3) Cabinet Ministers although I had search and seek from all internet search engines. The internet search-engines are my primary source of research.

I am grateful, if anybody with information could update the details below. In short, Malaysia is driven by 'Economist' and Lawyers.

Please see below for further details.

(Disclaimer: the details are true from information available on the internet)

MEMBERS OF CABINET - MINISTERS

Y.A.B. DATO' SRI MOHD. NAJIB BIN TUN HAJI ABDUL RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER, MINISTER OF FINANCE

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary & Secondary: St John Institution
Malvern College Public School, Worchestershire, England
Tertiary Education: University of Nottingham, Bachelor in Industrial Economics (1974)


Y.A.B. TAN SRI DATO' HAJI MUHYIDDIN BIN MOHD. YASSIN
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER, MINISTER OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: Sekolah Kebangsaan Maharani, Muar, Johor & Sekolah Kebangsaan Ismail, Muar, Johor
Secondary: Sekolah Tinggi, Muar, Johor
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor in Economics & Malay Study (1971)


Y.B. DATO' SRI ONG TEE KEAT
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: SRJK (C) Confucian Kuala Lumpur (1963-1968)
Secondary:  SMJK Confucian (1969-1974)
College: Methodist Boys Secondary School Kuala Lumpur (Form 6) (1975-1976)
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor Mechanical Engineering (1977-1981)


Y.B. SENATOR TAN SRI DR. KOH TSU KOON
MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: Phor Tay Primary School
Secondary: Chung Ling High School
Tertiary Education: Princeton University USA, Bachelor in Physics (1970)
University of Chicago, PHD in Economics and Sociology of Education (1977)


Y.B. TAN SRI BERNARD GILUK DOMPOK
MINISTER OF PLANTATION INDUSTRIES AND COMMODITIES

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: SM St Micheal, Penampang
Secondary: SM LaSalle, Tanjung Aru
Tertiary Education: West Ham Technical Institute (now known as University of East London), Bachelor of Science in FSIM (1978)


Y.B. DATO' SERI MOHAMED NAZRI BIN ABDUL AZIZ
MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Secondary:  Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK)
Tertiary Education: Bachelor in Law (LLB), Barrister at Law, Lincoln's Inn, UK


Y.B. DATO' SERI HISHAMMUDDIN BIN TUN HUSSEIN
MINISTER OF HOME AFFAIRS

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: St John's Institution
Secondary:  St John Institution; Malay College Kuala Kangsar, Alice Smith
College: Cheltenham College, public school UK
Tertiary Education: University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Malaya, Bachelor of Law (LLB) (1974);
London School of Economics, Masters of Law (LLM) in Commercial & Corporate Law (1988)


Y.B. DATO' SERI UTAMA DR. RAIS YATIM
MINISTER OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: National University of Singapore, Bachelor of Law
King's College, London,  PHD (1994)


Y.B. TAN SRI NOR MOHAMED BIN YAKCOP
MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Secondary: St Xavier Institution, Penang
Tertiary Education: Not Available


Y.B. DATUK PETER CHIN FAH KUI
MINISTER OF ENERGY, GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND WATER

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: Gray's Inn, London, Barrister at law (1971)


Y.B. DATO' SERI HJ. MOHD SHAFIE BIN HAJI APDAL
MINISTER OF RURAL AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: North Staffordshire Polytechnic (now known as University of Staffordshire), Bachelor in Economics 


Y.B. DATO' SERI MOHAMED KHALED BIN NORDIN
MINISTER OF HIGHER EDUCATION

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Secondary: Sekolah Tinggi Muar (Muar High School), Johor.
College: English College, Johor
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor of Law (LLB) (1971)


Y.B. DATO' MUSTAPA BIN MOHAMED
MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDUSTRY

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: University  Melbourne, First Class Honours Bachelor in Economics
University of Boston USA, Masters in Economic Development
University of Melbourne, Honorary PHD Doctorate of Commerce (1997)


Y.B. DATUK DR. MAXIMUS JOHNITY ONGKILI
MINISTER OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education:
La Trobe University, Australia, PHD in Agricultural Economics


Y.B. DATUK DOUGLAS UGGAH EMBAS
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: Not available


Y.B. DATO' SRI DR NG YEN YEN
MINISTER OF TOURISM

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
College: Vitoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur (Form 6)
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor in Medicine; Bachelor in Surgery (MBBS) (1972)
John Hopkins University, USA Awarded: Diploma of Reproductive Medicine


Y.B. DATO' HAJI NOH BIN OMAR
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE AND AGRO-BASED INDUSTRY

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary:SRK Sungai Burong (1965)
Secondary:SMK Aminuddin Baki (1977)
College: Temenggong Ibrahim, Teacher College
Tertiary Education: Thames Valley University, Bachelor in Law


Y.B. DATO' SERI DR. AHMAD ZAHID BIN HAMIDI
MINISTER OF DEFENCE

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Secondary: SM Agama Izudin Shah, Ipoh (1970)
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor in Economics & Malay Study (1975)


Y.B. DATO' SHAZIMAN BIN ABU MANSOR
MINISTER OF WORKS

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: Tunku Besar Tampin Primary School
Tertiary Education: University of Indiana, Bachelor in Civil Engineering


Y.B. DATO' SRI LIOW TIONG LAI
MINISTER OF HEALTH

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bachelor in Science (Nutrition) (1971), MBA, Masters in Business Administration


Y.B. DATO' AHMAD SHABERY CHEEK
MINISTER OF YOUTH AND SPORTS

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary:
Secondary: 
Tertiary Education: University Malaya Not available


Y.B. DATUK DR. SUBRAMANIAM SATHASIVAM
MINISTER OF HUMAN RESOURCES

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: HARVARD University, MBA


Y.B. DATO' SRI ISMAIL SABRI BIN YAAKOB
MINISTER OF DOMESTIC TRADE, COOPERATIVE AND CONSUMERISME

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary:Sek Kebangsaan Bangau
Secondary: Sek Menengah Air Putih (1973); Sek Men Teknik Kuantan, Pahang (1976), Jaya Akademik (Form 6)
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor of Law (1980)


Y.B. DATO' SERI HAJI AHMAD HUSNI BIN MOHAMAD HANADZLAH
MINISTER OF FINANCE (II)

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: SRK St Micheal, Ipoh
Secondary: Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor in Economics (1976), International Islamic University, Islamic Economic Certificate, Institut Pengurusan Malaysia, Certificate in Accounts & Finance.



Y.B. DATO' SERI KONG CHO HA
MINISTER OF HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: University Malaya Bachelor of Arts in Literature


Y.B. SENATOR DATO' SRI SHAHRIZAT ABDUL JALIL
MINISTER OF WOMEN, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary:Northam Road School, St George School, George Town
Secondary: Tunku Kurshiah College, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor in Law


Y.B. DATUK ANIFAH BIN HJ. AMAN
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Secondary: Sabah College, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Tertiary Education: University of Buckingham, UK, Bachelor in Philosophy, Economics and law (1971)


Y.B. SENATOR DATO' RAJA NONG CHIK BIN DATO' RAJA ZAINAL ABIDIN
MINISTER OF FEDERAL TERRITORIES

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Primary: Methodist Boys' School
Secondary: Victoria Institution
College: Royal Military College
Tertiary Education: University of Wales, Bachelor in Economics
Members of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant, Malaysia Institute of Accountants and Malaysian Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators


Y.B. SENATOR MEJAR JENERAL DATO' JAMIL KHIR BIN BAHAROM (B)
MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S DEPARTMENT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
College: Latihan Orientasi Ketenteraan Pegawai Muda (1987)
Tertiary Education: University Malaya, Bachelor Syariah (1986), School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Virginia, USA, Masters of Art in Islamic Studies (Islamic Economic Management) (2000)


Y.B. SENATOR DATUK SERI IDRIS JALA
MINISTER IN THE PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE

EDUCATION BACKGROUND:
Tertiary Education: University Sains Malaysia, Penang Bachelor in Management (1982), University of Warwick, MBA (1986)



Get CONNECTED to the Hon Minister above via their FACEBOOK or their personal BLOG at HERE.

For the education background of Malaysia political parties Youth EXCO members, see below:

a) UMNO Youth EXCO educational background
b) Pas Youth EXCO educational background 


Stay Tune for the educational background of our Deputy Ministers. 


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2 comments:

  1. I don't think I ever saw a post remotely similar on any other blog. Thank you for posting! Really opening my eyes about the Malaysian cabinet.

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  2. Very interesting ministerial structure. I would check the knowledge of each of Ministers, on the knowledge of their industry. I once wrote an essay http://paidpaper.net/buy-essays/. It seems to me that it should be mandatory, as some ministers forget why they come to these places and start to build their own business.

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