Ahmad Faizal Azumu

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Ahmad Faizal Azumu
أحمد فيزال ازومو
Dato' Seri Ahmad Faizal Dato' Haji Azumu.jpg
12th and 13th Menteri Besar of Perak
In office
13 March 2020 – 5 December 2020
MonarchNazrin Shah
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded bySaarani Mohamad
In office
12 May 2018 – 10 March 2020
MonarchNazrin Shah
Preceded byZambry Abdul Kadir
Succeeded byHimself
2nd Deputy President of the
Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
23 August 2020
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
Preceded byMukhriz Mahathir
Ministerial roles
2021–Minister of Youth and Sports
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Faction represented in Perak State Legislative Assembly
2018–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Other roles
2021Special Advisor to the Prime Minister
Personal details
Born
Ahmad Faizal bin Azumu

(1970-06-10) 10 June 1970 (age 51)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (till 2017)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) (since 2017)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN) (till 2017)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2017–2020)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (since 2020)
RelationsNolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi (sister-in-law)
Alma materEdith Cowan University (unfinished)[1]
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionBusinessman
Other namesPeja
WebsiteAhmad Faizal Azumu on Facebook

Ahmad Faizal bin Azumu (Jawi: أحمد فيزال بن ازومو; born 10 June 1970), nicknamed Peja, is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Youth and Sports in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. He served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration for only 11 days in August 2021, 12th and 13th Menteri Besar of Perak from May 2018 to his resignation and collapse of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) state administration in March 2020 and again from March 2020 to his resignation again and the collapse of the PN state administration in December 2020. [2][3][4] He has also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Tambun and Member of the Perak State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Chenderiang since May 2018. He is a member, Deputy President and State Chairman of Perak as well as Pahang of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), a component party of the ruling PN coalition at the federal level and former component party of the PH opposition coalition at both the federal and state levels. He was the State Chairman of PH of Perak.[5] He was one of the only two Menteris Besar of Malaysia who has ruled in two state administrations of two different and opposing political coalitions, which were PH state administration from May 2018 to his resignation and its collapse in March 2020 and PN state administration from March 2020 to his resignation and its collapse in December 2020.

He was removed from office of the Menteri Besar of Perak after losing the motion in 2020 vote of no confidence in the Perak State Legislative Assembly on 4 December, and he served in caretaker capacity for another day despite his intention to only resign once the appointment of a new officeholder and formation of a new state administration take place.[6][7]

Background and education[edit]

Ahmad Faizal in 2018.

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 Business Studies degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia, but he did not complete the course.[8]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Dr Nomee Ashikin Mohammed Radzi and has two children.[9] His sister-in-law who is Dr Nomee's younger sister; Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi is the UMNO turned independent and later BERSATU Perak State Legislative Assemblywoman for the constituency of Tulang Sekah since 2008.[10]

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 Special Affairs Department (JASA).[8]

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. He was appointed as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on 5 August 2021, who is in charge of advising Muhyiddin on matters related to community networking, community communications and socioeconomic development. [11]

Controversies[edit]

In many occasions Ahmad Faizal was reported to have pursued a Business Studies degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He however admitted and confessed that he did not complete the course.[12]

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.[13] 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.[14] It was refuted by fellow PH's MP, Ramkarpal Singh and the Malaysian Bar.[15][16] During his administration, many Orang Asli residents were arrested for protesting over the state government's decision to acquire their land for logging activities.[17]

Election results[edit]

Perak State Legislative Assembly: N47 Chenderiang, P72 Tapah.[18][19][20]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 Ahmad Faizal Azumu (BERSATU) 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.[18][19][20]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 Ahmad Faizal Azumu (BERSATU) 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]

Honours of Malaysia[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "23部长"有经验"· 副部长多属新脸孔". 星洲网.
  2. ^ "Perak Pakatan chairman Ahmad Faizal sworn in as Perak MB". The Star Online. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Ahmad Faizal appointed as 13th Menteri Besar of Perak (in Malay)". Berita Harian. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Perak MB Ahmad Faizal Azumu loses vote of confidence". Malay Mail. 4 December 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Pakatan Harapan announces state chiefs". Free Malaysia Today. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Constitutional experts: Ahmad Faizal practically ousted as MB, should resign with whole exco line-up". Malay Mail. 5 December 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Ahmad Faizal resigns as Perak MB today". Malay Mail. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Perak demands for effective, transparent and honest new government: New Perak MB". New Straits Times. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  9. ^ "Pelantikan YAB Ahmad Faizal Dato Azumu Menteri Besar Perak ke-12". Official Perak Government Portal (in Malay). Official Perak Government Portal. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  10. ^ Sylvia Looi and John Bunyan (14 May 2018). "New Perak MB keeps it in the family". Malay Mail. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Pakatan Harapan appoints state chiefs". New Straits Times Online. 30 August 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  12. ^ "Perak MB: Be truthful about qualifications". Malaysiakini. Bernama. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Orang Asli must uplift themselves before seeking aid – Perak MB". Bernama. 23 November 2018. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ Martin Carvalho (30 July 2019). "Not recognising Orang Asli customary land rights is wrong, says Ramkarpal". The Star Online. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  16. ^ Martin Carvalho (31 July 2019). "Malaysian Bar: Perak wrong to say Orang Asli have no customary rights". The Star Online. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  17. ^ "NGO wants 'anti-Orang Asli' Perak MB replaced". Malaysiakini. 31 July 2019. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  18. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election : undiinfo Malaysian Election Data". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ a b "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  21. ^ "Perak MB now a 'Datuk Seri'". Bernama. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Menteri Besar of Perak
2018–2020
Succeeded by

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