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The Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman was born in Keningau, Sabah on 16 November 1953. He received his secondary education at Sabah College, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He later graduated from the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom with a degree in philosophy, economics and law.

His political career started in 1991, when he became a Pro-tem committee member for the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party at its Beaufort Division in Sabah. His involvement in politics has always been and only with UMNO, a leading component party of the National Front (Barisan Nasional) coalition, which helmed the Government of Malaysia since independence.


In 1994, he was appointed as the Treasurer for UMNO Beaufort Division. In the same year, the Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman contested for the N.22 Klias State Assembly seat and also acted as the Beaufort District Election Committee until 1997.


In November, 1999, his political career shines when he won the P. 154 Beaufort Parliamentary seat and became a Member of Parliament for Beaufort. In Mac, 2004, the Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman was again given the mandate by the constituents to continue serving as a Member of Parliament for P. 176 Kimanis Parliamentary seat, a seat which he held until today. In July 2004, he was also elected as the Divisional Head for UMNO Kimanis Division until today.


The Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Aman with the Honourable Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Hj. Abdul Razak during a bilateral meeting with His Excellency the Prime Minister of Thailand.


His excellent track record as a Member of Parliament contributed further to his political career when he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Primary Industries from 1999 to 2004 and the Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities from 2004 until March 2008. In April 2009, he was promoted and appointed to a new portfolio as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.


The Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Aman in a Cabinet group photograph with His Majesty the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.


The Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman is an avid golfer. He also loves soccer. His passion for the sport saw his involvement in the various capacities. Since 1995 to date, the Honourable Dato' Sri Anifah Hj. Aman played the various roles as the Manager for the Sabah Football M-League Team, Vice President, Executive Committee Member and Council Member of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) and President of the Sabah Football Association (SAFA).

He was also Team Manager for the FAM team for B-23 Years. For his illustrious contribution to the development of soccer, he was awarded with the Special Award of Leadership for Sports (Anugerah Khas Persatuan Kepimpinan Sukan) in 1996 from the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sports of Malaysia.



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