Honourable Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim

Honourable Dato’ Seri Utama Dr Rais Yatim

Dr Rais Yatim is the longest serving Cabinet member of the Federal Government of Malaysia, having served five Prime Ministers since 1974. He is also a Member of Parliament from the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the leading party in the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional.

A lawyer by profession, he graduated from the Language Institute, Kuala Lumpur in 1964. In 1968, he taught Bahasa Malaysia to the American Peace Corps in the United States. He obtained his honours degree from the National University of Singapore. In 1994, he obtained a PhD from King’s College London. His doctoral dissertation was published in 1995 as ‘Freedom Under Executive Power in Malaysia: A Study of Executive Supremacy.’

Dr Rais has held various positions in the national cabinet and other state government positions. He was appointed a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan (1978-82), Minister of Land and Regional Development (1982-84), Minister of Information (1984-86) and Foreign Minister (1986-87).

Dr Rais Yatim is married to Datin Seri Utama Masnah Rais and has four children. His hobbies include photography and travelling. He is also a writer on the subjects of law, politics, and the Malay society.