Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki

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Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki
Asyraf Wajdi in 2019.jpg
Asyraf Wajdi in 2019
Chairman of the Majlis Amanah Rakyat
Assumed office
10 March 2023
MinisterAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Director-GeneralAzhar Abdul Manaf
Preceded byAzizah Mohd Dun
Secretary-General of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
22 March 2023
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded byAhmad Maslan
14th Youth Chief of the
United Malays National Organisation
In office
24 June 2018 – 11 March 2023
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
DeputyShahril Sufian Hamdan
Preceded byKhairy Jamaluddin
Succeeded byMuhamad Akmal Saleh
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
(Islamic Affairs)
In office
29 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
MonarchsAbdul Halim
(2015–2016)
Muhammad V
(2016–2018)
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterJamil Khir Baharom
Preceded byMashitah Ibrahim
(2009–2013)
Succeeded byFuziah Salleh
ConstituencySenator'
Senator
In office
26 May 2014 – 20 April 2018
MonarchsAbdul Halim
(2015–2016)
Muhammad V
(2016–2018)
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
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
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2014–2018Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Born
Asyraf Wajdi bin Dusuki

(1976-05-14) 14 May 1976 (age 47)
Tumpat, Kelantan, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
SpouseNurdianawati Irwani Abdullah
Residence(s)Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Alma materInternational Islamic University Malaysia
Loughborough University
Known forIslamic banking and finance

Asyraf Wajdi bin Dusuki (Jawi: أشراف وجدي دسوقي) (born 14 May 1976) is a Malaysian politician[1][2] who has served as Chairman of the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) since March 2023.[3] He served as 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 collapse of the BN administration in May 2018 as well as Senator from May 2014 to his resignation in April 2018. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. He has also served as the Secretary-General of UMNO since March 2023 and also served as the 14th Youth Chief of UMNO from June 2018 to March 2023 and President of the Islamic Da'wah Foundation of Malaysia from June 2013 to July 2015.[4]

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).[5]

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).[6]

On 26 May 2014, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong admitted him to the Parliament as a senator,[7] 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.[8][9]

He has openly expressed his extreme views against Najib Razak, Asyraf stated that Najib 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.[10]

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.

Politic[edit]

Prior GE14[edit]

Prior to GE14, he held the position of UMNO Supreme Council Member and Chairman of the Kelantan State UMNO Liaison Body Religious Bureau.

he also served as a Committee Member of the UMNO Malaysian NGO-GCOC Liaison Bureau and also the Advisory Panel of the An-Nur Squad of the UMNO Women's Movement.

UMNO YOUTH CHIEF[edit]

He has been the UMNO Youth Movement Chief since 2018. He is the first UMNO Youth Chief after Barisan Nasional lost in GE14.

Skuad Sabil Malaysia[edit]

As the Malaysian UMNO Youth Chief, he established SKUAD SABIL MALAYSIA which is the uniformed body of Malaysian UMNO youth.

Skuad Sabil Malaysia was officially established on 28 August 2019 by Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, President of UMNO.


Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[11]
Year Constituency Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P019 Tumpat, Kelantan. Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (UMNO) 27,337 41.89% Kamarudin Jaffar (PAS) 36,714 56.26% 65,254 9,377 81.49%
2018 P028 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%
2022 P054 Gerik, Perak Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki (UMNO) 13,728 39.66% Fathul Huzir Ayob (BERSATU) 15,105 43.64% 34,612 1,377 72.77%
Ahmad Tarmizi Mohd Jam (DAP) 5,779 16.70%

Honour[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sebastian Strangio (8 July 2021). "UMNO Withdraws its support". The Diplomat. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  2. ^ Hafiz Yatim (8 July 2021). "Homeland Fighters' Party Malaysia finally registered". The Edge (Malaysia). Retrieved 12 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Ex-Umno Youth chief Dr Asyraf appointed as Mara chairman, confirms Zahid". The Star. 12 March 2023. Retrieved 12 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Asyraf Wajdi is new Umno sec-gen, Azalina appointed info chief". The Star. 22 March 2023. Retrieved 22 March 2023.
  5. ^ "Profil". www.asyrafwajdi.com. Archived from the original on 17 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Ahli Parlimen". www.parlimen.gov.my. Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  8. ^ Wouter van Cleef (7 August 2017). "In Maleisië geldt: gij zult geen atheïst zijn". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 18 September 2017.
  9. ^ Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith (8 August 2017). "Malaysian atheist group under investigation over alleged Muslim apostate members". The Independent. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Atheism is unconstitutional, says Malaysian deputy minister". Today Online. Mediacorp. 23 November 2017. Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  12. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat". Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 25 January 2020.
  13. ^ "199 receive Pahang state awards". Bernama. The Malay Mail. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 25 January 2020.

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