Nurul Izzah Anwar

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This is a Malay name; the name Anwar is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Nurul Izzah.
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Nurul Izzah Anwar
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Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Lembah Pantai
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded by Shahrizat Abdul Jalil
Majority 2,895 (2008)
1,847 (2013)
Vice-President of People's Justice Party
Assumed office
28 November 2010
Personal details
Born (1980-11-19) 19 November 1980 (age 34)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party PKRPakatan Rakyat
Spouse(s) Raja Ahmad Shahrir (divorced January 2015)
Children Raja Nur Safiyah
Raja Harith
Parents Anwar Ibrahim
Wan Azizah Wan Ismail
Alma mater National Energy University
Johns Hopkins University
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Nurul Izzah Anwar (born 19 November 1980) is a Malaysian politician and the daughter of Anwar Ibrahim, former Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and the current de facto opposition leader and leader of the PKR.[1] Her mother, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is the President of PKR. She currently is the current Member of Parliament for Lembah Pantai and vice President cum Election director of Parti Keadilan Rakyat .


Nurul Izzah attended Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara for her primary education, and then Sekolah Menengah Sri Hartamas, both in Kuala Lumpur. She later attended Assunta Secondary School in Petaling Jaya. In 2004, she graduated with a Bachelor in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from National Energy University, and in May 2007 graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a Masters in International Relations.[2]


Social work[edit]

After her father's arrest in 1998 on charges of sodomy and graft, Nurul Izzah campaigned for his release, speaking at international venues against the actions of the Malaysian government.

Political career[edit]

In the 2008 general election, Nurul Izzah contested the seat of Lembah Pantai in Kuala Lumpur. There was speculation that she ran for the seat with the intention of handing it over to her father, who was disqualified from running for office until April 2008, though she quickly rejected such claims.[1] The seat was defended by three-term incumbent Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who was Minister for Women, Family and Community Development in the Barisan Nasional government.[1] Initial reports suggested that Shahrizat would retain the seat, as she had been a popular minister, and in the 2004 election retained her seat with a majority of 15,288.[1][3] However, on polling day, Nurul Izzah won 21,728 votes to Shahrizat's 18,833, and was elected as the new MP for Lembah Pantai.[4] The defeat of the powerful three-term incumbent by a new face was one of the many surprises in the 2008 election, which saw significant losses of parliamentary seats by the ruling party.[5] When her father returned to electoral politics he did so by replacing his wife, and Nurul Izzah's mother, Wan Azizah, in a by-election for the Penang-based seat of Permatang Pauh.

In November 2010, Nurul Izzah was elected one of the vice-presidents of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.[6] She was narrowly returned to Parliament in the 2013 election. The governing Barisan Nasional coalition had targeted her by fielding the incumbent Federal Territories Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin as its candidate against her in a high-profile campaign.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P121 Lembah Pantai, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur[8][9]
Year Pakatan Rakyat Votes Pct Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR) 21,728 52.62% Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (UMNO) 18,833 45.61% Periasamy a/l Nagarathnam 489 1.18% 41,289 2,895 72.88%
2013 Nurul Izzah Anwar (PKR) 31,008 51.39% Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin (UMNO) 29,161 48.33% Rosli Baba 167 0.28% 61,048 1,847 84.30%

Personal life[edit]

Nurul Izzah was married to Raja Ahmad Shahrir, who works in corporate finance and is a royal family member of Johor.[2] They have a daughter named Raja Nur Safiyah (born 2007) and a son, Raja Harith (born 2009).[10] Nurul Izzah asked for divorce from her husband in 2013; it was granted in January 2015.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d Anwar's daughter steps into political wilderness, Ahmad Pathoni, Reuters, 28 February 2008
  2. ^ a b "Nurul Izzah Anwar >> About". Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  3. ^ Shahrizat hails challenge, Joceline Tan, The Star, 13 February 2008
  4. ^ Heussner, Ki Mae (10 March 2008). "Shahrizat: Time for BN to do some 'soul-searching'". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 10 March 2008. 
  5. ^ From outcast to future Prime Minister?, Jessinta Tan, Today, 10 March 2008
  6. ^ PKR polls results officially announced The Star, 28 November 2010
  7. ^ Ding, Emily (6 May 2013). "Nurul Izzah slays second BN giant to keep Lembah Pantai". The Malaysian Insider. Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "13th MALAYSIAN GENERAL ELECTION". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 3 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 2013" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Profile @ Nurul Izzah Anwar
  11. ^ [1]

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