Tan Sri Abdul Samad Bin Idris was born on 13 October 1923 in Seri Menanti, Negeri Sembilan. He received his early education at Sekolah Melayu Seri Menanti and later continued his education at the Brickfields Road English School, Kuala Lumpur.
He used to work as a journalist with the Majlis newspaper, in Kuala Lumpur in 1946 and then with Utusan Melayu, Singapore from 1950 until 1964. He became seriously involved with politics beginning 1955 when he was elected as the Seri Menanti representative until 1969. He was then elected as the Kuala Pilah Member of Parliament from 1969 until 1978 and as the Jelebu Member of Parliament from 1978 until 1981. He was also once elected as an Exco member from 1956 to 1969 apart from being appointed the Deputy Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Among important posts he held in his contribution to the country include the Junior Minister of National and Rural Development (1969), the Junior Minister of Agriculture (1971), the Junior Minister of Domestic Affairs (1974), the Minister at the Prime Minister's Department (1976) and the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports (1.7.1976). Tan Sri Abdul Samad retired from politics in 1980. Apart from politics, he was also active in associations. In 1950, he established the Malaysian Association of Youth Clubs (MAYC) and became the first principal in Negeri Sembilan and the Central Committee three years later. Tan Sri Abdul Samad founded Negeri Sembilan Literature Association and became the first principal in 1950. He organised the Malay Language and Letters Congress in Seremban in 1951 and later the Negeri Sembilan Cultural Festival in 1956 in Seremban which was officiated by Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the Chief Minister of the Federation of Malaya.
Tan Sri Abdul Samad also organised a special meeting for the whole Negeri Sembilan Malay Schools Committees to object to the Thuraisingam Education Policy which proposed the use of English as the medium of education to the exclusion of the Malay language. When the Language Week and Month was launched, he became the Chairman for Negeri Sembilan as well as for the Central Committee in Kuala Lumpur. It was in 1959 also that he was appointed an Administrative Board Member of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and from 1969 to 1971 he was made the Chairman of Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka. Tan Sri Abdul Samad was also active in writing and he wrote articles for newspapers and magazines apart from writing books. He was once appointed the Chairman of the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS).
Personage of Historical Narration on the 50-year-old Malaysian Youth Council,
2 July 1998
at the National Archives of Malaysia