The Hon. Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Minister of Defence of Malaysia
The Hon. Dato Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein is a Malaysian politician who has been Minister of Defence of Malaysia since 16 May 2013. He previously served as Minister of Youth and Sports (1999–2004), Minister of Education (2004–2009), and Minister of Home Affairs (2009–2013). As acting Minister of Transport (2013–2014) he came to international prominence in March 2014, as the minister responsible for investigating the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
Hishamuddin is a senior figure within the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), Malaysia’s largest political party and the leading member of the Barisan Nasional coalition that governs the country. He is one of the party’s three vice-presidents and was the chief of the party’s youth wing from 1998 to 2009.
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