Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki

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Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki

Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki appointment.jpg
Dusuki at his 2015 appointment ceremony.
Youth Chief of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
25 June 2018
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
DeputyShahril Sufian Hamdan
Preceded byKhairy Jamaluddin
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Islamic Affairs
In office
29 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterJamil Khir Baharom
Preceded byMashitah Ibrahim (2009–2013)
Succeeded byFuziah Salleh
ConstituencySenator
President of
the Islamic Da'wah Foundation of Malaysia
In office
3 June 2013 – 28 July 2015
MinisterJamil Khir Baharom
DeputyYusri Mohamad
Preceded byAziz Jamaludin Md Tahir
Succeeded byYusri Mohamad
Personal details
Born
Asyraf Wajdi bin Dusuki

(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 44)
Tumpat, Kelantan, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Nurdianawati Irwani Abdullah
ResidencePetaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Alma materInternational Islamic University Malaysia
Loughborough University
Known forIslamic banking and finance

Asyraf Wajdi bin Dusuki (born 1976) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Youth Chief of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition which is aligned with the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, since June 2018. He served as the Senator as well as the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Islamic affairs in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Najib Razak and former Minister Jamil Khir Baharom from July 2015 to the defeat of BN in the 2018 general election in May 2018. He lost in both general elections contested under the banner of BN.

Education[edit]

Prior to entering International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Asyraf was a student of Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Labu. In 2000, he graduated from IIUM with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He, then, furthered his studies in Loughborough University, where he obtain two degrees: Master of Science with Distinction (Islamic Economics, Banking and Finance), and Doctor of Philosophy (Islamic Banking and Finance).[1]

Career[edit]

Prior to taking political office, he served IIUM as a lecturer and, then, an assistant professor of its Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences. He also served the International Shariah Research Academy for Islamic Finance as Head of Research Affairs, and International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance as an associate professor.

On 3 June 2013, Prime Minister Najib Razak appointed him as the President of Islamic Da'wah Foundation of Malaysia (YADIM).[2]

On 26 May 2014, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong admitted him to the Parliament as a senator,[3] which paved the way for Najib to promote him as a Deputy Federal Minister in charge of Islamic affairs in July 2015. As such, he takes charge of YADIM, Islamic Economic Development Foundation of Malaysia (YaPEIM), Tabung Haji, TV Alhijrah, Institute of Islamic Understanding (IKIM) and Department of Waqf, Zakat and Hajj (JAWHAR).

When a picture from a gathering of the Atheist Republic Consulate of Kuala Lumpur was posted on Atheist Republic's Facebook page in August 2017, Asyraf ordered an inquiry into whether anyone in the picture had apostatised from Islam or had 'spread atheism' to any Muslims present, both of which are illegal in Malaysia.[4][5]

He has openly expressed his extreme views against atheism—in November 2017, Asyraf stated that atheism was 'unconstitutional' and even suggested it is an offence under the Sedition Act. However, he reported that Facebook had rejected a joint government and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission demand to shut down Atheist Republic's page and similar atheist pages, because the pages did not violate any of the company's community standards.[6]

Family[edit]

Asyraf is the third son of Dusuki Ahmad, who was once President of YADIM, and Nik Nooraini Nik Yahya. He is married with Nurdianawati Irwani Abdullah.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[7]
Year Constituency Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P19 Tumpat, Kelantan. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (UMNO) 27,337 41.89% Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 36,714 56.26% 65,254 9,377 81.49%
2018 P28 Pasir Puteh, Kelantan Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (UMNO) 30,947 45.41% Nik Zawawi Salleh (PAS) 32,307 47.41% 68,150 1,360 81.66%
Kamarudin Mohd Noor (PPBM) 4,896 7.18%

Honour[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profil". www.asyrafwajdi.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Dr. Asyraf Wajdi terajui Yayasan Dakwah Islamiah Malaysia". Utusan Malaysia. 5 June 2013. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  3. ^ "Ahli Parlimen". www.parlimen.gov.my. Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ Wouter van Cleef (7 August 2017). "In Maleisië geldt: gij zult geen atheïst zijn". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  5. ^ Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith (8 August 2017). "Malaysian atheist group under investigation over alleged Muslim apostate members". The Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Atheism is unconstitutional, says Malaysian deputy minister". Today Online. Mediacorp. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  9. ^ "199 receive Pahang state awards". Bernama. The Malay Mail. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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