Ahmad Shabery Cheek

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This is a Malay name; the name Cheek is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Ahmad Shabery.
Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Ahmad Shabery Cheek
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Minister Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry
Assumed office
29 July 2015
Preceded by Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Minister of Communication and Multimedia
In office
16 May 2013 – 28 July 2015
Preceded by Rais Yatim (Information, Communication and Culture)
Succeeded by Salleh Said Keruak
Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
10 April 2009 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Succeeded by Khairy Jamaluddin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kemaman, Terengganu
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded by Abdul Rahman Yusof
Malaysian Minister of Information
In office
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Zainuddin Maidin
Succeeded by Rais Yatim
Personal details
Born (1958-12-10) 10 December 1958 (age 57)
Kemaman, Terengganu, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Che Sharifah Ismail
Alma mater University of Malaya
Bachelor's degree (Economics)
University of Leeds
Master's degree (Political Science)
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek (born 10 December 1958) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the Barisan Nasional coalition government, and sits in Parliament as the member for Kemaman, Terengganu. 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 Sekolah Sungai Lembing and Sekolah Datuk Abdul Razak in Seremban.

In 1983, he pursued a course in economics at Universiti Malaya. In 1982–1983 He was elected as the president of the university's Muslim Students Association PMIUM. 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 Semangat 46, a breakaway party led by UMNO politicians rebelling against the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. He rejoined UMNO in 1996, after Semangat 46's dissloution. In 2004 he was elected as the Member of Parliament for Kemaman, defeating 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 Kamaaruddin Chik (PKR) by 12,306.

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

In April 2009, newly installed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak appointed him as the Minister for Youth and Sports Malaysia.[3] After the 13th General Election, he was appointed as Minister of Communication and Multimedia.[4]

In 2015, he was appointed as Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in a cabinet reshuffle.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kemaman, Terengganu[5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 36,517 62% Abd. Rahman Yusof (PKR) 20,635 35%
2008 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 37,199 59% Mohd Fariz Abd Talib (PKR) 24,516 39%
2013 Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 45,525 56.9% Kamarudin Chik (PKR) 33,219 41.5%


  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. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nor Mohamed sees role in EPU as vital for 1Malaysia". The Star (Star Publications). 10 April 2009. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "MCMC: Shabery The Right Man For Communications and Multimedia Minister Post". Malaysian Digest]. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.