Ahmad Shabery Cheek

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This is a Malay name; the name Cheek is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ahmad Shabery.
Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Ahmad Shabery Cheek
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Minister of Communication and Multimedia
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Preceded by Rais Yatim (Information, Communication and Culture)
Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
10 April 2009 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Succeeded by Khairy Jamaluddin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kemaman, Terengganu
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Malaysian Minister of Information
In office
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Zainuddin Maidin
Succeeded by Rais Yatim
Personal details
Born 10 December 1958
Kemaman, Terengganu
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Alma mater University of Malaya
Bachelor's degree (Economics)
University of Leeds
Master's degree (Political Science)
Occupation Politician

Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek is a Malaysian politician. He is the Minister of Communication and Multimedia in the Barisan Nasional coalition government, and sits in Parliament as the member for Kemaman, Terengganu. He represents the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).[1] He was elected to the Supreme Council of UMNO in 2009.


Dato' Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was born in Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu, on 10 December 1958, and received his early education at Sekolah Sungai Lembing and Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak in Seremban.

In 1983, Dato' Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek pursued a course in economics at Universiti Malaya. In 1982–1983 He was elected as University Malaya President of the Muslim Students Association PMIUM. In 1986 he obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. In 1989 he obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations from the Uppsala University in Sweden. That same year, Dato Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was appointed the Secretary of the Malaysian Social Science Association PSSM.

Career Experience[edit]

In 1990 Dato Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek was appointed Lecturer at the University Malaya's Faculty of Economics and Administration he also had a served as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. Since 2004 up to now he is serving as Kemaman Members of Parliaments, Terengganu. He is Also appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Foreign Affair, Malaysia (6 to 8 March) and Minister of Information Malaysia from March 2008 to 2009. Appointed as Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia early April 2009. From May 2013 until now he is the Minister of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia.

Political career[edit]

Although he left UMNO in 1989 to join Semangat 46, Dato Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek rejoined UMNO in 1996, together with the majority of the Semangat 46 party after its dissolution. In 2004 he was elected as Kemaman Member of Parliament after beat Abd Rahman Yusof from PKR with a majority 15,882. In 2008 he retained the seat after beating Fariz Musa also from PKR with a majority of 12,682. Again he retained the seat after won the 2013 election beating Kamaruddin Chik (PKR) with a majority of 12,306.


Federal Government

  • 2004–2006 – Members of the Public Accounts Committee
  • 2004–2006 – Members of Parliamentary Select Committee on Unity and National Service
  • 2013–Present – Chairman of Malaysian Independence Month Celebration 2013–2014


  • 2004–2006 – Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Division of Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC)
  • 2004–2006 – Members of Umno Malaysia Information Bureau
  • 2004–2008 – Information Chief of Umno Terengganu
  • 2001–Present – Deputy Chief of UMNO Kemaman Division
  • 2008–Present – Chairman of Overseas Umno Club
  • 2009–Present – Members of the Supreme Council of Malaysia

State Government

  • 2004 – May 2008 – Member of the Board of Kolej Universiti TATI
  • 2004 – May 2008 – Member of the Board of Yayasan Pembangunan Keluarga Terengganu
  • 2004 – Feb 2008 – Council Member of Yayasan Pembangunan Ekonomi Islam Malaysia (YAPEIM)


In Terengganu Politics, He is the potential candidates to represent Terengganu to the Federal level. Other leaders in line with him at that time was Datuk Abdul Rahman Bakar. He is the Chief of UMNO Gong Cengal Branches and Deputy Chief of Kemaman UMNO Division. He was the Terengganu UMNO Chief of Information. He was in the party Semangat 46 with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Datuk Abdul Manan Othman in 1990. They returned to UMNO when the Semangat 46 dissolved and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad re-elect leaders Semangat 46 became the Minister and Deputy Minister with the exception of Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah. [6]He is a member of the UMNO Supreme Council.

[7]In the Malaysian General Election 2004, he was under Barisan Nasional won the parliamentary seat of Kemaman defeated incumbent from the PKR, Abdul Rahman Yusof. He got 36517 votes against Abdul Rahman Yusof 20635 votes. the majority victory 15882 votes.

In the Malaysian General Election 2008, he was defending the P40 seat Parliament Kemaman, after winning with a total of 37139 defeated candidates from PKR Mohd Fariz Bin Abd Talib @ Musa gets 24516 votes. The majority victory of 12683 votes.

In the Malaysia General Election 2013, he once again defended the seat with a majority of 12306 votes. He got 45525 votes defeating Kamarudin Chik from PKR gets 33219 votes.

Parliamentary Secretary in Foreign Ministry After the 2008 general election which saw the incumbent Information Minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin lose his parliamentary seat, then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed Ahmad Shabery as Information Minister in his reshuffled Cabinet.[2] When he was in this position, he joined in a spirited debate against the opposition de facto leader Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim which was broadcast live across the country.

In April 2009, current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak appointed him as the Minister for Youth and Sports Malaysia.[3] He had previously served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Foreign Ministry.[4][5]

As Minister of Youth and Sports YB. Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek did several changes to the "concept" in organising the Ministry's programmes, including in Hari Belia Negara 2010, which saw a large youth turnout. With tagline of "Seribu Peluang, Sejuta Keriangan", more than 250,000 youths gathered in Putrajaya and various youth organisations conducted 88 different programs and activities.

However after 13th General Election, he was appointed as Minister of Communication and Multimedia under the new cabinet line up of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.[6]

Blogger Meet Up[edit]

As the Minister of Information in 2008, He called all blogger to discuss and interact about future guide line for ministry to communicate with the blogger. He also started the "BLOG" National Television program that call Blogger to be interviewed lived on air. Some bloggers have called including famous opposition blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin and Kuda Kepang. This program opened up opportunities for blogger to raised their opinion on the National Television, Something that has never happened before.

Oil Price Debate[edit]

He was debating with PKR Advisor, Anwar Ibrahim about the price of oil, organized by the Agenda Daily made in the Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka

Transformation of National Radio and TV Station (Digitalisation)[edit]

As information Minister, he has made variety of changes to the television broadcast of the Government has become dimmed so that it fits the needs of the audience. This include efforts to transform the posts and channel RTM from release of MONO to Digital. In this effort a variety of things have been done and planned by creating several channels in RTM. This includes airing RTMi, i.e. a channel specifically for songs and video clips of groups and singers who started broadcasting on channel 108 astro. He has also create "Disaster unit" which is a specific unit for direct coverage of disasters that occurred across the country. He has also established the program "Pertukaran Malaysia-indonesia" which is a News Exchange program made in live between RTM and TVRI. Overall these changes has led to an increasing number of viewers to RTM.

Transformation of Youth Development (Gen Y Youth Lab)[edit]

In Order to Transformed National Youth Development, He Directed the Transformation of Youth Development Lab session participated by 30 Youth(Gen Y) from Various industry,6 Weeks and 6 Initiative has been suggested under the Lab from the participated youth. The Initiative are Youth Parliament, Youth Park, Youth Icon, MyCorps, The Leader Fellowship Program and Vyrec. All the initiative now is conducted by the youth with the assistant of the government to adjust the youth development efforts to suit Gen Y current needs.

Transformation of National Youth Day Celebration[edit]

He was transformed the national youth day celebration from the day launching program to a great event, full of various activity in Putrajaya. Starting with the 2010 national youth day attended by more than 250 thousand people, it becomes a Gathering of one million Youth in 2011 attended more than million youth in three days at Putrajaya. In 2012 it will be the Millions of youth who attended more 2 million youth joined over 500 events in 38 segment. All activities involving Sports Fitness, creativity and arts, spiritual and scientific. Millions of youth Gathering is recognised as an event which was attended by most youths in one place as well as various other awards. All activities are based on the concept of youth, by youth, for youth. A Gathering is now named the Putrajaya Youth Festival in 2013 and its continue until now 2014.

Transformation of Sports Industry[edit]

To customised sports development with problem occurred throughout the world, he has suggested that Malaysia develop sports as an industry. This is to enable sports or be developed the athlete and sports activist engaged with better income.Making sport one industry is not a new thing because it has long been practiced in developed countries and other developing countries. Year 2013 has been named as the year of sports industry where various program has been held. Awareness of the importance of the industry has begun to grow and accepted in Malaysia.

Malaysia - Palestine Charity Match[edit]

As a result of the Prime Minister's visit to Gaza, he has inspired a charity football match between teams of Malaysia and Palestine. The match was held at the Darulmakmur Stadium is to collecting funds for victims of Israeli violence in Palestine. However with an attack by terrorists at Lahad Datu, the Collection has been divided by 50%. The overall collection donated by public, local companies and ticket sales have exceeded the initial target of RM1 Million.

Patriotic Cycling[edit]

KBS has organized the Patriotic Cycling participated by the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, senior government officials and more than 10,000 people. Cycling has divided into two categories that is cheerful and vibrant, 12kilometer and 20kilometer that covers the entire surrounding Putrajaya. This journey as a symbol to defend Putrajaya, and this is one of the largest cycling event ever held in Malaysia.

Malaysia - Indonesia Harmony & Unity Concert[edit]

In conjunction with the anniversary of the independence day of Malaysia and Indonesia, for the first time a concert "Harmony & Unity" featuring leading artists performances from two countries held at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on August 25. The date of August 25th, was chosen because it lies between the date of the anniversary celebration of the country's independence day on August 31, and Indonesia on August 17th. The concert was attended by well-known artists and broadcast live by television stations from both countries.

TV Nusantara[edit]

To strengthen media cooperation between Malaysia and Indonesia he has proposed the creation of the TV Nusantara station to be global news channels in efforts to disseminate information more accurately to communities throughout the world. The idea that using TV Nusantara in Malay language as the presentation of news, he said, is in accordance with the current trend of media in some countries of the world to report the news in the global TV channels according to their respective glasses by using their own language. "If the Arab world with Al-Jazeera and CNN, I think for the world the Nusantara should have TV Nusantara" He greeted a roaring applause by media practitioners from Indonesia and Malaysia during his speech at the banquet dinner ' Keakraban Malaysia and Indonesia '.

Monitoring Real Time Flight[edit]

During the World Telecommunication Development Conference in Dubai, organised by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) he has called ITU to review flight data monitoring technology, Over the years we are still using data from the "Black Box". This prompts made when search and rescue of MH370, MAS flights from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing lost during the flight and until now has not been found. As a result of the prompt a dialogue will be organised and Malaysia as host will be held from 26 to 27 May 2014.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kemaman, Terengganu[7]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 36,517 62% Abd Rahman Yusof (PKR) 20,635 35%
2008 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 37,199 59% Mohd Fariz Abd Talib (PKR) 24,516 39%
2013 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 45,525 65% Kamarudin Chik (PKR) 33,219 50%


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