Currently alive, at 69 years of age.
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1947 – Born on the 10th of August in Cherok Tok Kun, Malaysia.
1968-1971 – As a student, he was the president of a Muslim students organisation, Persatuan Kebangsaan Pelajar Islam Malaysia (PKPIM).
1971 – He was one of the protem committee of "Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM)" or Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia which was founded.
– He was also elected President of the Malaysian Youth Council or Majlis Belia Malaysia (MBM).
1974 – He was arrested during student protests against rural poverty and hunger.
– He was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act, which allows for detention without trial, and spent twenty months in the Kamunting detention camp for political prisoners.
1981 – He was the founding leader and second president of a youth Islamic organisation called Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM), shocked his liberal supporters by joining the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), led by Mahathir who became prime minister.
1983 – He moved up the political ranks quickly: his first ministerial office was that of Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports.
1984 – He headed the agriculture ministry.
1986 – Becoming Minister of Education.
1991 – He was appointed Minister of Finance.
1993 – He became Mahathir’s Deputy Prime Minister after winning the Deputy Presidency of UMNO against Ghafar Baba.
1997 – His capacity as finance minister, supported the International Monetary Fund (IMF) plan for recovery which meant a restructuring of the economy involving opening up to greater foreign investment and competition.
1998 – Newsweek magazine named him the "Asian of the Year".
– He was fired from the Cabinet on September 2nd, amid police reports that he was under investigation.
1999 – He was sentenced in a highly controversial trial to six years.
2002 – He lost his final appeal against the corruption conviction in the Federal Court.
2006 – He was appointed as Honorary President of the London based organization AccountAbility.