Jamil Khir Baharom
|Yang Berhormat Mejar Jeneral (B) Dato' Seri
Jamil Khir Baharom
|Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
10 April 2009
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament
|Preceded by||Mohd Firdaus bin Jaafar (PAS)|
|Born||Yan, Kedah, Malaysia|
|Spouse(s)||Datin Seri Fatmawati Saidin|
|Alma mater||University of Malaya
|Service/branch||Military Religious Corps|
|Years of service||1986–2009|
|Commands||Director of the Religious Corps|
Dato' Seri Jamil Khir bin Baharom (born in Yan, Kedah) is a retired major general in the Military Religious Corps of Malaysia (Kagat) who is currently a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic Affairs. Prior to his ministerial appointment, Jamil Khir served as director of Kagat. After the Malaysia's General Election 2013, he was retained as one of the Ministers in the Prime Ministers department as his appointment as a senator still stands.
Jamil Khir obtained his Bachelor of Syariah from the University of Malaya in 1986 and Master in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Cordoba University in Virginia in 2000. He began his military service in 1986, as lieutenant in the Military Religious Corps (Kagat). He was promoted to colonel in 2002 and brigadier general in 2005. In 2005, he was appointed director of Kagat, the first ever two-star general to serve in that capacity.
In April 2009, Jamil Khir was appointed a Senator in the Dewan Negara. He joined Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's inaugural Cabinet, serving as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs and heading the Department of Islamic Development (JAKIM).
Following the revelation by authorities in 2010 that terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) had been actively expanding its activities in Malaysia, Jamil Khir became one of the leading figures in the Cabinet to deal with the situation. He assured Malaysians that local Muslim missionary groups and religious schools were not influenced by JI and that his department was working with the Home Ministry to stifle the purported JI movement in Malaysia. Regarding terrorism and religion, he said: "There are individuals or groups trying to make their way into these institutions to influence students. They use religion to realise their goal and this is the reason why terrorism is linked to Islam." He also said that Malaysian students in the Middle East were being monitored for suspicious activity.
Following a controversy in March 2011 involving underaged girls being married to middle-aged men, Jamil Khir defended the country's Syariah marriage laws, which apply only to Muslims. Rights groups called for laws that allow marriage under the age of 16 if religious officials give their consent to be amended. However, Jamil Khir disagreed, arguing that the current laws are sufficient as authorities "does not simply grant the consent [to marry someone aged 16 and below]."
In June 2010, the site of the Warrior's Day celebration was moved from the National Monument as the National Fatwa Council deemed celebrations around the statues as idolatry and contrary to Islamic practices.
Jamil Khir is an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. In November 2011, he called homosexuality "unconstitutional"; though he later clarified he meant it is against the Penal Code. In response to a gay Malaysian pastor getting married in New York, Jamil Khir said same-sex marriage is a form of "extreme human rights" and "will create social problems." He also criticised LGBT-rights event Seksualiti Merdeka for promoting "a deviation from society’s norms."
In September 2011, Jamil Khir denied an allegation by Malaysia Today that he used zakat funds collected by religious authorities to finance a mansion for his family. Malaysia Today had published a photo of his home, alleging that it was worth millions of ringgit. Jamil Khir said his house was renovated with his own money. And there is no evidence to show that any Jamil Khir was involved in any unscrupulous activity regarding the zakat funds. It can be considered as another political ploy for the Pakatan Rakyat to defamed Jamil Khir.
|Year||Barisan Nasional||Votes||Pct||Pakatan Rakyat||Votes||Pct|
|2013||Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)||32,429||Mohd Firdaus bin Jaafar (PAS)||31,233|
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- "Local Missionary Groups Not Spreading JI Teachings - Jamil Khir". NAM News Network. Bernama. 2010-06-19.
- "Religious schools not recruiting JI members - Jamil Khir". Malay Mail. Bernama. 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Students In Middle East Being Monitored To Prevent Involvement With Militant Activities". Bernama. 2006-06-16.
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- Syed Mu'az Syed Putra (2011-06-09). "Jamil Khir: Don’t question National Monument, Tunku’s statue". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
- Husna Yusop (2011-11-22). "Jamil Khir: I was "misquoted" on being homosexual is unconstitutional". The Sun. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- Chi, Melissa (14 August 2011). "Gay pastor union will cause social ills, Jamil Khir says". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
- "Jamil wants Islamic units meet on sexuality, apostasy". The Malaysian Insider. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- Syed Mu’az Syed Putra (2011-09-15). "Jamil Khir: I did not steal zakat money". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- NURHIDAYAH RAMLI."No zakat fund misuse", The Star, 13 January 2012. Retrieved on 23 April 2013.