Ahmad Shabery Cheek

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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 Ahmad Shabery bin Cheek
(1958-12-10) 10 December 1958 (age 58)
Kemaman, Terengganu, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party

United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (until 1989; 1996–present)

Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46) (1989-1996)
Spouse(s) Che Sharifah Ismail
Alma mater University of Malaya
Bachelor's degree (Economics)
University of Leeds
Master's degree (Political Science)
Occupation Politician

Dato' Sri Ahmad Shabery bin 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 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 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 votes.

After the 2008 general election, which saw the incumbent Information Minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin lose his parliamentary seat, the then-Prime Minister Tun 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 newly installed Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun 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.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Majority
1990 P.37 Kemaman, Terengganu Ismail Said (UMNO) 21,239 62.6% Ahmad Shabery Cheek (S46) 11,793 34.8% 9,446
2004 P.40 Kemaman, Terengganu Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 36,517 62.5% Abd. Rahman Yusof (PKR) 20,635 35.1% 15,882
2008 P.40 Kemaman, Terengganu Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 37,199 59.2% Mohd Fariz Abd Talib (PKR) 24,516 39.0% 12,683
2013 P.40 Kemaman, Terengganu Ahmad Shabery Cheek (UMNO) 45,525 56.9% Kamarudin Chik (PKR) 33,219 41.5% 12,306


  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. 
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. 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. Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.