Mohamed Azmin Ali

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Mohamed Azmin bin Ali
MP
Azmin MP Kepong.jpg
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 49)
Singapore, Malayan Union
Political party PKRPakatan Rakyat
Spouse(s) Shamsida Taharin
Children 3 daughters, 3 sons
Residence Malaysia
Occupation Politican
Religion Islam
Website http://www.azminali.com

Mohamed Azmin bin Ali (born 25 August 1964 in Singapore) is a Malaysian politician and the Member of Parliament for the Gombak as well as 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 to parents; Ali and Che Tom Yahaya. Although born is Singapore, he grew up and was educated in Kuala Lumpur. Gurney Road School (2), High School Setapak and Technical Institute, Jalan Cheras. His father was an army who worked for the British Army. His father was a disciplinarian and raised his family and him(Azmin)strictly. In his teenage days, he had to rear cows and was a farmer. Back then, he occasionally help his father to sell the organic products and livestocks. From his experience and humble background, he is considered to be diligent and disciplined as well as being loyal and obedient.

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

From his earlier days he was very much interested in politics. When he was in America, he often met and discussed with then, prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad. His leadership quality was shown when he gathered and led over 2,000 dissatisfied Malaysian students in Malaysia to have a dialogue with Mahathir. In 1987, based on Mahathir's advice, after completing his master's, he worked with ex-deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and becoming his personal secretary. He later-on became a critic of Mahathir Mohamad

Political career[edit]

At age 23, Azmin was appointed as a special officer to Anwar Ibrahim who was then Minister of Education. He was promoted as Anwar's private secretary in 1989, and continued when Anwar became Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.

In 1998, after Anwar was convicted of sodomy and corruption, Azmin was one of the founding members of Parti Keadilan Nasional (National Justice Party). Keadilan entered the 1999 general elections amidst voter anger over the Anwar scandal. 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.[1]

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 clinched both seats again.

Controversies[edit]

Alleged disharmony with Wan Azizah[edit]

Azmin Ali and Wan Azizah was said to have issues concerning their political and personal lives. The quarrel between Azmin and Anwar's family members are known by the public since Azmin was trying to show his power as the vice-president of the party. Two factions surfaced in Parti Keadilan Rakyat which one group is supportive of Azmin Ali, the other is supporting Wan Azizah.[2]

Accused of committing sexual acts[edit]

There were pictures of a man resembling Azmin Ali, committing a sexual act in a toilet with an unknown woman, circulated on the internet.[3] Leaders and supporters from Azmin's political party PKR, defended Azmin by saying that it was an attempt to frame him.[4]

Personal life[edit]

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

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P98 Gombak[5][6]
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[5]
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. ^ No case against Azmin The Star. 8 January 2009
  2. ^ Joceline Tan. "Azmin’s moment is at hand", The Star, Kuala Lumpur, 19 October 2010. Retrieved on 22 March 2013.
  3. ^ Archives."PKR leaders defend Azmin over sex-in-toilet pictures", The Star, Petaling Jaya, 5 May 2012. Retrieved on 25 March 2013.
  4. ^ Yuen Meikeng and Florence A. Samy. "Pictures of sex act go viral", The Star, Petaling Jaya, 2 May 2012. Retrieved on 25 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 2013" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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