Ahmad Faizal Azumu

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Ahmad Faizal Azumu

احمد فيزال بن ازومو
Dato' Seri Ahmad Faizal Dato' Haji Azumu.jpg
12th Menteri Besar of Perak
Assumed office
12 May 2018
MonarchNazrin Shah
Preceded byDr. Zambry Abdul Kadir
ConstituencyChenderiang
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tambun
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byAhmad Husni Hanadzlah (UMNO-BN)
Majority5,320 (2018)
Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly
for Chenderiang
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byMah Hang Soon (MCA-BN)
Majority39 (2018)
Personal details
Born
Ahmad Faizal bin Azumu Tak

(1970-06-10) 10 June 1970 (age 49)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (until 2017)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) (2017-present)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2017)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2017-present)
Spouse(s)Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi
RelationsNolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi (sister-in-law)
ParentsAzumu Tak
ResidenceKediaman Menteri Besar,
Jalan Raja Di-Hilir, Ipoh
EducationSPM
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman
WebsiteAhmad Faizal Azumu on Facebook

Dato' Seri Ahmad Faizal bin Azumu (Jawi: احمد فيزال بن ازومو ; born 10 June 1970) is a Malaysian politician. He is the twelfth and current Menteri Besar of Perak.[1] Ahmad Faizal is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Tambun constituency in Perak and the Perak State Legislative Assemblyman for the seat of Chenderiang concurrently. He is a member of Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) and the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in Perak.[2]

Education[edit]

Ahmad Faizal was born in Ipoh, Perak. He received his primary education at Cator Avenue School, Ipoh and had his secondary education at Anderson School, Ipoh. He pursued a Businees Studies degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, but he did not complete the course.[3]

Political career[edit]

He began his political career as a Special Officer to Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai between 2011 and 2013 before becoming Senior Special Officer to Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir between 2013 and 2016. He is also formerly served in the Department of Special Affairs (JASA).[3]

He was the former United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Ipoh Barat Youth chief (2016-2017) before he became Perak BERSATU chairman. He was subsequently named Perak Pakatan Harapan chairman in August 2017.[4]

Controversies[edit]

Ahmad Faizal in 2018.

In many occasions Ahmad Faizal was reported to have pursued a Businees Studies degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He however admitted and confessed that he did not complete the course.[5]

Ahmad Faizal has been very critical of the Orang Asli indigenous tribes ever since he took office as Menteri Besar. On 23 November 2018, Ahmad Faizal made a statement that the Orang Asli should improve themselves before asking for aid.[6] On 29 July 2019 Ahmad Faizal claimed that there is no definition or recognition of ancestral or customary land (tanah adat) for Orang Asli under the state constitution.[7] It was refuted by fellow PH's MP, Ramkarpal Singh and the Malaysian Bar.[8][9] During his administration, many Orang Asli residents were arrested for protesting over the state government's decision to acquire their land for logging activities.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmad Faizal is married to Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi and has two children.[11] His sister-in-law who is Dr Nomee's younger sister; Nolee Ashilin Mohammed Radzi is the UMNO turned independent Perak State Legislative Assemblywoman for the constituency of Tulang Sekah since 2008.[12]

Election results[edit]

Perak State Legislative Assembly: N47 Chenderiang, P72 Tapah.[13][14][15]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 Ahmad Faizal Azumu (PPBM) 7,662 33.90% Chong Shin Heng (MCA) 7,623 33.70% 17,441 39 77.20%
Nordin Hassan (PAS) 1,735 7.70%
Parliament of Malaysia: P63 Tambun, Perak.[13][14][15]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 Ahmad Faizal Azumu (PPBM) 38,661 44.46% Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah (UMNO) 33,341 38.35% 88,920 5,320 82.51%
Muhd Zulkifli Mohd Zakaria (PAS) 14,948 17.19%

Honours[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Perak Pakatan chairman Ahmad Faizal sworn in as Perak MB". The Star Online. May 12, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  2. ^ "Pakatan Harapan announces state chiefs". Free Malaysia Today. August 30, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Perak demands for effective, transparent and honest new government: New Perak MB". New Strait Times. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Pakatan Harapan appoints state chiefs". NST Online. New Straits Times Online. August 30, 2017. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Perak MB: Be truthful about qualifications". Bernama. Malaysiakini. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Orang Asli must uplift themselves before seeking aid - Perak MB". Bernama. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  7. ^ John Bunyan (29 July 2019). "No such thing as Orang Asli ancestor land in the state, Perak MB told NGOs". Malay Mail. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  8. ^ Martin Carvalho (30 July 2019). "Not recognising Orang Asli customary land rights is wrong, says Ramkarpal". The Star Online. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ Martin Carvalho (31 July 2019). "Malaysian Bar: Perak wrong to say Orang Asli have no customary rights". The Star Online. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  10. ^ "NGO wants 'anti-Orang Asli' Perak MB replaced". Malaysiakini. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Pelantikan YAB Ahmad Faizal Dato Azumu Menteri Besar Perak ke-12". Official Perak Government Portal (in Malay). Official Perak Government Portal. May 12, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  12. ^ Sylvia Looi and John Bunyan (14 May 2018). "New Perak MB keeps it in the family". Malay Mail. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  14. ^ a b "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. ^ a b "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. ^ "Perak MB now a 'Datuk Seri'". Bernama. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Dr. Zambry Abdul Kadir
Menteri Besar of Perak
2018 - present
Incumbent

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