Najib's political career

Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (bottom centre) speaks to members of the media after he was found guilty in his corruption trial in Kuala Lumpur on July 28, 2020.
Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (bottom centre) speaks to members of the media after he was found guilty in his corruption trial in Kuala Lumpur on July 28, 2020.PHOTO: AFP

1976: Elected MP at the age of 23, replacing his late father and former prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein in the Pekan parliamentary seat in Pahang.

1978: Made deputy minister of energy, telecommunications and post, under Tun Hussein Onn, becoming the youngest deputy minister in the country.

1982: Appointed Menteri Besar of Pahang, the country's youngest.

1986: Made minister of culture, youth and sports in Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's Cabinet.

1991: Became defence minister. 1993: Elected vice-president of Umno, holding the post until 2009.

1995: Appointed as education minister.

1999: Suffered a near-defeat in the general election, keeping his seat by a margin of just 241 votes.

2000: Reappointed defence minister.

2004: Became deputy prime minister to Tun Abdullah Badawi.

2008: Made finance minister, and won the Umno presidency uncontested.

2009: Became prime minister.

 
 

2013: His Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition won the general election. But the opposition won the popular vote, the first time in Malaysia's history.

May 2018: BN lost the general election to Pakatan Harapan in a historic defeat. Najib Razak resigned as Umno president and BN chairman. July

2018-Feb 2019: Arrested and charged over abuse of power, criminal breach of trust and money laundering related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. March

2019: Helped campaign for BN at the by-election in Semenyih, Selangor, which BN won. Also stumped for victorious by-elections in Tanjung Piai, Johor, in November last year and in Kimanis, Sabah, in January this year. July

2019: Appointed chairman of the BN advisory board.

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