Not only is it a coup for the University, but a sign of the confidence that the world has in Malaysia education.“I am excited at the merging of the best and brightest from the East and West.In January 1999, Dato’ Seri Abdullah was appointed as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs.Dato’ Seri Abdullah married the late Datin Seri Endon Dato' Mahmood in 1965 and after 40 years of marriage, lost her after a prolonged battle with cancer on 20 October 2005. The Prime Minister married Datin Seri Jeanne Abdullah on 9th June 2007 as Prime Minister.He was speaking after visiting victims at the site where fire destroyed 35 houses and made 164 people homeless yesterday.Abdullah cut short a two-day break with his family in Pangkor Laut to visit the victims.
Endon's father worked as a mining assistant in the Department of Mines, and subsequently transferred to Perak to help oversee about 60 mines in the district of Kampar.It is my hope that such an exchange will produce a burst of creativity and innovation that will illuminate our future.I also hope that this cross-pollination will give rise to greater understanding and empathy between cultures and civilisations – qualities that are sorely needed in today’s world,” said the former Prime Minister.He was then promoted to Deputy Minister in the same Ministry in 1980.Dato’ Seri Abdullah later held the post of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department from 1981 to 1984; and Minister of Education from 1984 to 1986; Minister of Defence from 1986 to 1987; and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 15 Mach 1991 to 1999.Endon met Abdullah while she was working at the Federal Establishment Office (now the Public Service Department) in the 1960s and they were married in 1965. Together with Abdullah, Endon had two children: son Datuk Kamaluddin Abdullah, a business tycoon (married to Azrene) and a daughter, Nori Abdullah (married to Khairy Jamaluddin). Endon is noted for her contributions to traditional fabric art such as the batik and songket.