Tan Sri Datin Paduka Seri Hajjah Zaleha Ismail


Tan Sri Datin Paduka Seri Hajjah Zaleha Binti Ismail, a Malaysian, aged 74, attained her Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics and Malay Studies in 1961.

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Seri Hajjah Zaleh Ismail started her career with Radio Malaya from 1961 until 1968 as English Programme Organiser before she joined University Malaya as a Lecturer and part-time tutor from 1965 to 1971.

In 1968 to 1974, she was the Deputy Head Textbook Division at Dewan Bahasa

  • Pustaka before she held the new position as Political Secretary to the Minister of Welfare, Malaysia from 1974 until 1978.

She joined the political arena as Member of the Selangor State Assembly (Permatang Seat) State Executive Council Member (1978-1982), Member of Parliament Malaysia (Tanjung Karang Seat – 1982-1986), Member of Parliament Malaysia (Selayang Seat – 1986-1995), Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Land and Regional Development, Malaysia (1986-1987), Deputy

Minister of Transport (1987-1995), Member of Parliament Malaysia (Gombak Seat) and finally as Minister of National Unity & Social Development, Malaysia (1995-1999).

From February 2000 – February 2009 she was the Chairman of National Population and Family Development Board Malaysia. Currently she is Deputy Executive Chairman of Magna Prima Berhad and CEO for Vertical Fleet Travel & Tour Sdn. Bhd.