Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir

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Akmal Nasir

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Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Johor Bahru
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byShahrir Abdul Samad
Majority19,782 (2018)
Ketua Angkatan Muda People's Justice Party
Assumed office
16 November 2018
DeputyHilman Idham
Preceded byNik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Personal details
Born
Akmal Nasrullah bin Mohd Nasir

(1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 33)
Malaysia[where?]
NationalityMalaysian
Political partyPeople's Justice Party
Other political
affiliations
Pakatan Harapan
EducationBachelor of Actuarial Science and Economy (Double Major)
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
OccupationPolitician
Websiteakmalnasir.my

Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir (born 16 September 1986), better known as Akmal Nasir, is a Malaysian politician. He is the current Member of Parliament (MP) for Johor Bahru representing People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition since 2018.

Education Background[edit]

Akmal Nasir received an education from Iskandar National Primary School and Taman Pelangi National School, Johor Bahru. He then continued his education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) from 1999 to 2003. During his time at MCKK, he had held several associations and received several academic awards. Among them are:

  • SPM Distinguished Student Award 2003.
  • PMR Best Student Award 2001 (Islamic Religion).
  • National Champion of Entrepreneurship Essay Competition
  • Supervisor.
  • President, Fire and Rescue Cadet
  • President, Mathematics Club
  • Expedition climbs Mount Kinabalu, Sabah (up to the summit).
  • Excellent Scholarship Scholarship award after SPM

Upon graduation, he has received a scholarship to continue his education to the United States. In 2004, he took a year to prepare for the International Education College (INTEC) in Shah Alam.

Upon completion of the preparatory course, he continued his Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States for four years (2005-2009). He has completed his studies in Actuarial Science and Economics, and has also received Dean's List awards in his third year of study.

Political career[edit]

Before Akmal Nasir became a Member of Parliament, he was the founder and director[1] of an NGO called National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW)[2][3] together with Rafizi Ramli. NOW Malaysia is the NGO that was responsible in exposing national financial scandals[4] during the reign of former Prime Minister, Najib Razak. Some of them include alleged corruption[5] in National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) that involved Shahrizat Abdul Jalil[6] and alleged misuse of funds of Malaysian Islamic Economy Development Foundation (YaPEIM).[7]

In the 2018 Malaysian general election, he contested the Johor Bahru parliamentary seat under the ticket of Pakatan Harapan and won[8] a two-way contest against Shahrir Abdul Samad representing Barisan Nasional.[9]

Akmal Nasir had contested the People's Justice Party (PKR) Youth Wing Chief in 2018 party election which he won by securing a narrow victory.[10][11]

Controversy[edit]

In May 2019 Akmal Nasir had caused an uproar when he attended an interfaith breaking fast event at a Sikh gurdwara in Johor Bahru during the Ramadan fasting month for Muslim.[12] He was rebuked by the Sultan Ibrahim of Johor for his insensitive action.[13] Somehow, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Religious Affairs, Mujahid Yusof Rawa had clarify that it is not an issue with Muslims breaking their Ramadan fast at a non-Muslim house of worship and Akmal Nasir's attendance as an MP will only help to foster better ties between the races and eliminate Islamophobia.[14]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P160 Johor Bahru, Johor Akmal Nasir (PKR) 50,052 62.45% Shahrir Abdul Samad (UMNO) 30,270 37.55% 81,645 19,782 80.50%

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boey, K.C. "Akmal Nasir and the handshake that changed his life". The Malay Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  2. ^ "National Oversight and Whistleblowers Centre (NOW)".
  3. ^ Chi, Melissa. "Anti-graft director readies for courtroom brawl with Islamic affairs minister". Malay Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  4. ^ "NOW Malaysia | Top 5 scandals leaked by informants". Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  5. ^ Grudgings, Stuart. "Cows and condos scandal highlights Malaysia's faded reforms". Reuters. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  6. ^ "PKR's Rafizi Ramli arrested for exposing NFC banking details". The Malaysian Times. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  7. ^ Shahrudin, Shamira. "NGO lodges report against alleged misuse of YaPEIM funds". New Straits Times. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  8. ^ Suhaini, Amanina. "PKR sapu bersih Johor Bahru". BH Online. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Profile Ahli Dewan". Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  10. ^ Ibrahim, Nadirah. "Jeers as Rafizi's protege Akmal Nasir announced as new PKR Youth chief". Malay Mail. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  11. ^ Fazaniza, Elly. "Johor Baru MP Akmal Nasir is the new PKR Youth Chief". The Sun Daily. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  12. ^ "Johor Bahru MP defends decision to buka puasa at gurdwara". Malaysiakini. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Sultan rebukes Johor Bahru MP over 'insensitive' interfaith buka puasa". Malaysiakini. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Mujahid: Breaking fast at non-Muslim houses of worship not wrong". Malaysiakini. 1 June 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.