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Laureate 2010
Biography of His Excellency Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak became Malaysia’s 6th Prime Minister on 3 April 2009. He is the eldest son of Malaysia’s second Prime Minister, Abdul Razak Hussein. In 1974, he graduated from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a degree in industrial economics.
Returning to Malaysia, he joined the national oil company, Petronas as an executive, where he served until his plunge into politics following the sudden death of his father in 1976. He served as Deputy Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts, as well as Deputy Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Finance.
Following the general elections of 1986, he was appointed Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports. In 1990, he was appointed Minister of Defence and then, in 1995, Minister of Education. He played a big part in building a world-class education system in Malaysia, turning the country into a regional education hub and centre of excellence.
Following the 1999 elections, he was again appointed Defence Minister, a position he held until September 2008 when he took over as Finance Minister. The 2004 general elections, which came a few months after his appointment as Deputy Prime Minister, saw him winning his parliamentary seat with a whopping majority. In March 2009, he was elected as Umno President and in April he was sworn in as Prime Minister. He still holds the Finance Ministry post.


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