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PROFILE OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
YB DATO’ SAIFUDDIN ABDULLAH
Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, and Member of Parliament of Indera Mahkota Constituency. Previously, he served as Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Deputy Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative.
Saifuddin is a progressive politician who advocates New Politics, youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship. He actively promotes basketball and debate and is the founder of the Women’s National Basketball League and Co-Founder of the Malaysian Universities' Royal Debate. Saifuddin has also served as President of the Malaysian Youth Council, a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Youth Employment, a consultant of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Joint-Secretary of Bosnia Action Front. He was also a passionate student activist.
During his first tenure as Minister of Foreign Affairs, from 2018 to 2020, he authored the Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia which served as Malaysia’s key foreign policy priorities. He has published eight books, the latest of which is titled New Politics 2.0: Multiracial and Moderate Malaysian Democracy (2017). He has also contributed as a columnist in various publications.
Born in 1961, Saifuddin studied at The Malay College Kuala Kangsar and received a BA (Hons) from Universiti Malaya. He is married to Norlin Shamsul Bahri and they have a daughter, Nur Madihah.