Azmin Ali

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Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Menteri Besar
Mohamed Azmin bin Ali
MP
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Menteri Besar of Selangor
Incumbent
Assumed office
23 September 2014
Monarch Sharafuddin Idris Shah
Preceded by Abdul Khalid Ibrahim
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Gombak, Selangor
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded by Rahman Ismail
Majority 6,867
Member of the Selangor State Assembly
for Bukit Antarabangsa
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded by Azman Wahid
Majority 1,381
Vice-President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat
In office
9 November 2001 – 28 November 2010
Deputy President of Parti Keadilan Rakyat
Incumbent
Assumed office
28 November 2010
Personal details
Born (1964-08-25) 25 August 1964 (age 50)
Singapore, Malaysia
Political party PKRPakatan Rakyat
Spouse(s) Shamsida Taharin
Children 3 daughters, 3 sons
Residence Malaysia
Occupation Politician
Religion Islam
Website www.azminali.com

Mohamed Azmin bin Ali (born 25 August 1964) is a Malaysian politician and is the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor. He is also a Member of Parliament for Gombak, as well as the assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa in the Selangor State Assembly. He is the deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Early years and education[edit]

Azmin Ali was born in Singapore (then a state of Malaysia) to Ali and Che Tom Yahaya. Although born in Singapore, he grew up and was educated in Kuala Lumpur Gurney Road School (2), High School Setapak and Technical Institute, Jalan Cheras. His father worked for the British Army.

He received his BSc in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He later completed his master's degree in Education from the same institute where he met Shamsidar Taharin, his future wife. While studying, Azmin taught modern and additional mathematics. One of his notable students was Razali Ibrahim, a former deputy minister, when they were in MARA Junior Science College, MRSM in Terendak. He also attended an executive training programme at the University of Oxford.

Political career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1987, following advice from the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Azmin started working for Anwar Ibrahim, who was then a Minister in Mahathir's Barisan Nasional government. Azmin served as Anwar's personal secretary through Anwar's appointment as Deputy Prime Minister in 1993 and until Mahathir sacked Anwar in 1998. Azmin remained close to Anwar following the dismissal and they both became founders of the opposition Keadilan ('Justice') party, which later became the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR, the 'People's Justice Party').[1]

State assemblyman and parliamentarian[edit]

Keadilan entered the 1999 general elections amidst voter anger over Anwar's dismissal and subsequent imprisonment. Azmin was elected Selangor State Assemblyman for Hulu Kelang. However, he was barred from participating in the 2004 general elections due to his conviction for lying in court during the trial against Anwar. The High Court and Court of Appeal have since acquitted him.[2]

Azmin returned to national politics in the 2008 general elections, winning the Gombak parliamentary seat and Bukit Antarabangsa state seat in Selangor. In the 2013 general elections he managed to clinch both seats again. Meanwhile, in 2010, he won an internal PKR election for the party's deputy presidency. He replaced Syed Husin, who did not seek re-election.[3]

Menteri Besar of Selangor[edit]

Main article: Kajang Move

Azmin became the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor on 23 September 2014, following the resignation of the PKR incumbent Khalid Ibrahim. His ascension to the post followed months of internal political wrangling within the Pakatan Rakyat coalition that led the state. Khalid had been the Menteri Besar since the coalition of PKR, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) won a majority in the Selangor State Assembly in the 2008 election. In early 2014, PKR's national leader, Anwar Ibrahim, then a federal parliamentarian sought to contest the Selangor State Assembly seat of Kajang in a by-election. The so-called "Kajang Move" would have allowed Anwar to oust Khalid as Menteri Besar with PKR's support. However, after Anwar's conviction for sodomy weeks before the by-election, his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail assumed PKR's nomination for the by-election in his place and won the seat. Khalid resigned as Menteri Besar after PKR withdrew its support for his leadership later in the year. PKR, with the DAP's support, nominated Wan Azizah to replace him, but both the Sultan of Selangor (who appoints the Menteri Besar) and the third coalition party, PAS, sought other options. The Sultan requested that each coalition party submit three names for his consideration. PKR and the DAP submitted only Wan Azizah's name, while PAS submitted others.[4][5][6][7] On 22 September, the Sultan announced the appointment of Azmin. He was sworn in to office the following morning.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Shamshida Taharin, a finance graduate also from the University of Minnesota. The couple have three sons and three daughters. He lives in Ampang.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P98 Gombak[9][10]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
2008 Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR) 40,334 53% Said Anuar Said Ahmad (UMNO) 33,467 44%
2013 Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR) 54,827 51.36% Rahman Ismail (UMNO) 50,093 46.93% Said Nazar Abu Baker 474 0.44%
Selangor State Assembly: N19 Bukit Antarabangsa[9]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct
2008 Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR) 11,731 52% Haslinda Mohd Zerain (UMNO) 10,350 46%
2013 Mohamad Nadzim Ibrahim (UMNO) 12,458 42.57% Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR) 16,502 56.39%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From critic to Selangor MB, Azmin Ali’s climb to the topf". Bernama. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  2. ^ No case against Azmin The Star. 8 January 2009
  3. ^ "Azmin Ali is PKR deputy president, Nurul Izzah is veep". Bernama. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Chong Pooi Koon (23 September 2014). "Anwar’s Wife Pipped in Tussle to Run Malaysia’s Selangor". Bloomberg. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Mohd Farwan Darwis (9 March 2014). "Wan Azizah to contest Kajang seat, replaces Anwar". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Ng, Eileen (23 September 2014). "With Azmin as MB, the failure of PKR’s Kajang Move, say analysts". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Habibu, Sira; Muthiah, Wani (21 September 2014). "Selangor MB crisis: Puzzling if name other than Wan Azizah chosen, says Tian Chua". The Star. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "PKR's Azmin Ali is new Selangor MB: Sultan's secretary". Channel NewsAsia. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 2013" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Khalid Ibrahim
Menteri Besar of Selangor
2014 – Present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dr. Syed Husin Ali
Deputy President of PKR
2010 – Present
Incumbent

See also[edit]