Malaysia

Former Kedah MB Azizan dies

Former Kedah Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Azizan Razak (pic) died at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Star from heart complications at about 11.10am today.

Azizan, 73, had been in critical condition for the past two days after suffering a heart attack.

His former press secretary, Helmi Khalid, confirmed the former menteri besar's death.

"Yes, Ustaz had passed away about five minutes ago," Helmi told The Malaysian Insider over the phone.

Azizan’s legs were amputated below the knee in May due to complications from chronic diabetes.

He was moved to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah on August 4 after his condition stablised.

Azizan leaves behind two wives, Puan Sri Faikah Syeikh Hamzah and Shamsiah Shafie, and eight children.

He was formerly the Kedah PAS commissioner before Datuk Mahfuz Omar took over his position.

On March 8, 2008, Azizan was sworn in as the Kedah Menteri Besar after opposition coalition Pakatan Rakyat won the majority of Kedah’s state legislative seats.

However the state government under his leadership fell to the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the recent GE13 on May 5.

Two days later, Azizan was admitted into the hospital for his leg surgery.

In the 13th general election, Azizan won the Sungai Limau state seat by defeating the BN candidate Mohd Fazilah Mohd Ali and two independent candidates, Sobri Ahmad and Abdullah Hashim.

Before he embarked on a political career, Azizan was a lecturer in Islamic law at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). He was also a visiting professor at a university in the Philippines.

While he was with UKM, he represented PAS in the National Economic Advisory Council (MAPEN) and produced the framework that was used by the government to form the council back in 1989.

His career in PAS soared after that. He became managing director of Harakah in 1990, taking over from his comrade Dr Sanusi Daeng Mariok who won the parliamentary seat of Rantau Panjang in the 1990 general election.

In 1995, Azizan resigned from his position in the paper after he became a state legislator following his win in the general election.

He retained his state seat in the 1999, 2004 and 2008 elections. - September 26, 2013.

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