From Malaysia Factbook
|"Keris-kisser Hishammuddin did tremendous damage to inter-ethnic relations and was a contributory factor in the 2008 political tsunami. If he was not Najib's cousin, he would not be Home Minister." — Aliran |
| Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri|
|Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein|
Chairman of UMNO Youth
|Assumed office |
30 March 2004
Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sport
1999 – 30 March 2004
|Succeeded by||Azalina Othman Said|
|Born|| August 5, 1961|
|Political party||UMNO part of Barisan Nasional|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament and Minister|
|Spouse||Yang Mulia Datin Seri Tengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah|
|Relations|| • Tun Abdul Razak (uncle)|
• Najib Tun Razak (cousin)
2. Early life: Born in Kuala Lumpur, Hishammuddin Hussein is the son of Tun Hussein Onn, the 3rd Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the grandson of Dato' Onn Jaafar, the founder of UMNO. He is also the cousin of the current Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Razak. In 1973, after his father became Deputy Prime Minister, Hishammuddin who was then attending the Malay College (MCKK) in Kuala Kangsar, transferred to the Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur, before studying in a private school abroad. In 1984, he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Hishammuddin subsequently attended the London School of Economics and received a Master of Laws (LL.M) in Commercial and Corporate Law in 1988. After his graduation, he was attached to Skrine & Co. as a lawyer, and later became a partner in the legal firm, Lee Hishammuddin (now Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill).
3. Political career: In the 9th Malaysian general election of 1995, Hishammuddin was elected Member of Parliament for the Tenggara parliamentary constituency in Johor and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of International Trade and Industry. He was promoted to Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Primary Industries in 1997. Subsequent to his election as Chairman of UMNO Youth in 2000, Hishammuddin was promoted to Minister of Youth and Sports. He was appointed Minister of Education in 2004.
- In 2005, Hishammuddin Hussein became infamous for waving the keris (traditional Malay dagger) at the UMNO Annual General Meeting. Although applauded by the Malay delegates at the UMNO General Assembly, the picture of Hishammuddin with the keris was widely ridiculed and parodied in the Malaysian blogosphere. Hishammuddin defended his usage of the keris, saying it was meant "to motivate the Malays", and denying that it was a symbol of Malay supremacy. However, Chinese politicians declared themselves unconvinced by his explanations, with the Malaysian Chinese Association (a member of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition) Youth chief, Liow Tiong Lai, saying that "If I hold a Chinese sword at a wushu (martial arts) function, it would be different than if I hold one at a political event."
- In November 2006, Hishammuddin Hussein vowed not to repeat the keris wielding incident but would instead bring a cangkul (garden hoe) to the 2008 General Assembly. After the Barisan Nasional coalition (of which UMNO is the dominant party) lost its traditional two-thirds majority in parliament in the 12th general election held in March 2008, he apologized on 25 April for raising the keris "if it had affected the non-Malays".
- In 2011, Hishammuddin Hussein had declared Bersih to be an illegal organisation. For the Bersih 3.0 sit-in protest, he was reported as offering the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil and Stadium Merdeka as alternative venues, following an offer by the managements of the two stadiums. On 25 April the Kuala Lumpur High Court sought clarification from the hare-brained minister as to Bersih's legal status.