Dr Wan Azizah – Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia

Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (born 3 December 1952) is a Malaysian politician. She is currently the president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party) and the state assemblyperson for Kajang.

She  is a Malaysian politician serving as the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Member of Parliament for Pandan since 12 May 2018. Wan Azizah received her early education in St. Nicholas Convent School, Alor Setar. She was to continue her education at the prestigious Tunku Kurshiah College in Seremban. She went on to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she was awarded a gold medal in obstetrics and gynecology and she later graduated as a qualified ophthalmologist.

Dr. Wan Azizah served as a government doctor for 14 years before deciding to focus on volunteer work, when her husband, Anwar Ibrahim was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1993. As part of her voluntary pursuits, she became a patron of MAKNA (Majlis Kanser Nasional or National Cancer Council) in that period and became the second woman to lead a political party in Malaysia’s history (Ganga Nayar founded and became the first president of the Malaysian Workers’ Party in 1978).

Dr. Wan Azizah earned the respect and admiration of many Malaysians as the leader of the fledgling Reformasi movement. She first led the Social Justice Movement (ADIL), a civil rights NGO, before helping to establish the Parti Keadilan Rakyat on 4 April 1999. The establishment of the party saw Dr. Wan Azizah being elected as the first party president.

On 3 August 2003, she brought the party into a merger with the older Malaysian People’s Party (or Parti Rakyat Malaysia) which saw the establishment of the People’s Justice Party and was elected as the president of the newly merged party.

On 23 March 2014, Dr. Wan Azizah was elected the state assemblyperson of Kajang, defeating her rival Chew Mei Fun with a majority of 5,379 votes.

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Dato' is a traditional Malay honorific title commonly used in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Its variant is Datuk.

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