Ahmad Shabery Cheek

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Ahmad Shabery Cheek
احمد صبري چئ
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Ministerial roles
2006–2008Parliamentary Secretary of Foreign Affairs
2008–2009Minister of Information
2009–2013Minister of Youth and Sports
2013–2015Minister of Communications and Multimedia
2015–2018Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2004–2018Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Ahmad Shabery bin Cheek

(1958-12-10) 10 December 1958 (age 64)
Kemaman, Terengganu, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (until 1989; 1996–present)
Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46) (1989-1996)
Other political
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU) (1990-1996)
Gagasan Rakyat (GR) (1990-1996)
Barisan Nasional (BN) (Until 1989; 1996-present)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-present)
Muafakat Nasional (MN) (2019-present)
SpouseChe Sharifah Ismail
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
Bachelor's degree (Economics)
University of Leeds
Master's degree (Political Science)

Ahmad Shabery bin Cheek (Jawi: احمد صبري بن چئ; born 10 December 1958) is a Malaysian politician. He was the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government (2015-2018), and sat in Parliament as the member for Kemaman, Terengganu from 2004 to May 2018. He represents the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).[1] He was elected to the Supreme Council of UMNO in 2009.

Education and early career[edit]

Ahmad Shabery was born in Kijal, Kemaman, Terengganu, on 10 December 1958, and received his early education at the Sekolah Sungai Lembing and Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak in Seremban.

In 1983, he pursued a course in economics at the Universiti Malaya. During this period, he was also elected as the president of the university's Muslim Students Association. In 1986, he obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Leeds and in 1989 he obtained a postgraduate diploma in International Relations from the Uppsala University in Sweden. That same year, he was appointed the Secretary of the Malaysian Social Science Association (PSSM).

In 1990, he became a lecturer in the University Malaya's Faculty of Economics and Administration. He has also served as a Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore.

Political career[edit]

Ahmad Shabery left UMNO in 1989 to join other members rebelling against the then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the newly formed breakaway Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46), until its dissolution in 1996 where he rejoined UMNO again.

In 2004, he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Kemaman, defeating incumbent Abd Rahman Yusof of the People's Justice Party (PKR) by 15,882 votes. In 2008, he retained the seat after beating PKR's Fariz Musa by 12,682 votes, and won again in 2013, defeating Kamaruddin Chik (PKR) by 12,306 votes. But in the 2018 general election, he lost the parliamentary seat.

After the 2008 general election, which saw the incumbent Information Minister Zainuddin Maidin lose his parliamentary seat, the then-Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi appointed Ahmad as Zainuddin's replacement.[2]

On 15 July 2008, Ahmad Shabery Cheek participated in a historic debate on the national fuel price with the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, which was televised live.[3]

In April 2009, the new Prime Minister Najib Razak appointed him as the Minister for Youth and Sports.[4] After the 13th General Election, he was appointed as Minister of Communication and Multimedia.[5]

In 2015, he was appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in a cabinet reshuffle. When he and BN lost in the 2018 general election, he was replaced by Salahuddin Ayub from the Pakatan Harapan (PH) new government.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P037 Kemaman, Terengganu Ahmad Shabery Cheek (S46) 11,793 34.80% Ismail Said (UMNO) 21,239 62.60% 33,904 9,446 81.15%
1995 P075 Lipis, Pahang Ahmad Shabery Cheek (S46) 8,394 31.20% Abu Dahari Osman (UMNO) 18,507 68.80% 29,011 10,113 68.49%
2004 P040 Kemaman, Terengganu Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 36,517 62.5% Abd Rahman Yusof (PKR) 20,635 35.1% 58,461 15,882 88.02%
2008 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 37,199 59.2% Mohd Fariz Abd Talib @ Musa (PKR) 24,516 39.0% 62,868 12,683 83.82%
2013 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 45,525 56.9% Kamarudin Chik (PKR) 33,219 41.5% 80,168 12,306 87.19%
2018 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 37,715 41.67% Mohd Huzaifah Md Suhaimi (PKR) 12,911 14.27% 90,504 2,163 84.12%
Che Alias Hamid (PAS) 39,878 44.06%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ahmad Shabery bin Cheek, Y.B. Dato' Sri" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Malaysian govt. softens stance toward bloggers". The Hindu. 22 March 2008. Archived from the original on 5 November 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  3. ^ Andrew Ong (15 July 2008). "Anwar vs Shabery in historic debate". Malaysiakini. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Nor Mohamed sees role in EPU as vital for 1Malaysia". The Star. Star Publications. 10 April 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
  5. ^ "MCMC: Shabery The Right Man For Communications and Multimedia Minister Post". Malaysian Digest. 16 May 2013. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  9. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  13. ^ "Sultan of Terengganu's Birthday Honours list". The Star. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Sultan of Pahang's birthday honours list 2010". The Star. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2018.