Dzulkefly Ahmad

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Dzulkefly Ahmad

ذوالكفل بن احمد
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Minister of Health
In office
21 May 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyDr. Lee Boon Chye
Preceded bySubramaniam Sathasivam
Succeeded byAdham Baba
ConstituencyKuala Selangor
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Selangor
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byIrmohizam Ibrahim (UMNOBN)
Majority8,498 (2018)
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byMohd Daud Tarihep (UMNOBN)
Succeeded byIrmohizam Ibrahim (UMNOBN)
Majority862 (2008)
Personal details
Dzulkefly bin Ahmad

(1956-01-01) 1 January 1956 (age 64)
Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (until 2015)
National Trust Party (Malaysia) (AMANAH) (2015–present)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999-2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008-2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015-present)
Spouse(s)Azlin Hezri
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham
University of Surrey
Imperial College London

Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly bin Ahmad (Jawi: ذوالكفل بن احمد; born 1 January 1956) is a Malaysian politician. He had served in the Cabinet of Malaysia as the Minister of Health from 2018 to 2020.[1][2]

He is currently the Member of the Parliament (MP) for Kuala Selangor for the second time since 2018. Presently he is a member of the National Trust Party or Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH), a component party in Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

Dzulkefly previously held the same parliamentary seat of Kuala Selangor the first time for one term from 2008 until 2013 but under Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). He was one of the moderate and progressive G18 prominent members who were also referred as the "Erdogan" (after the Turkish politician Recep Tayyip Erdoğan) faction of PAS which was ousted at the 2015 PAS Muktamar.[3]

Early life[edit]

Dzulkefly holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Birmingham and a master's degree from the University of Surrey. He later completed his doctorate in toxicology from the Imperial College (St. Mary's Hospital Medical School) in 1993.[4]


Dzulkefly Ahmad was a lecturer at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang (1984-1989) and HUSM, Kelantan (1993-1997). He became a lecturer of Islamic civilization at USM (1987-1997). Dzulkefly is a former member of the British Toxicology Society (BTS) and the former Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT).

He is also the founder and Chairman of Jaiputra College Management Board, Kelantan (1999-2003), the first IPTS fully accredited by the Ministry of Education which conducts an integrated course of professionalism and religion. He is also a Consultant in an asset management company in Kuala Lumpur (1999-2001), a former Director (2003-2004) of a Public-Listed Company (PLC-Main Board). Senior Advisor of a Saudi-owned real estate company in Kuala Lumpur (2005-2007). International Education Company director, based in Oman (2017- now).

Political Thinkers and Political Analysts[edit]

Dr Dzulkefly has been the leader of the Student Movement in the United Kingdom (70-80an), Jamaah Islah Malaysia (JIM) 1997-1998), Director of Pusat PAS Research Center (1998-2009), Central PAS Work Committee (2004 until now), AJK Lujnah Central Politics (2004-2015), AJK Guides for the Clean and Fair Elections (NET, 2006 - up to now).

He has also been able to write and comment on current issues in the print and electronic media and presents work at national and international levels (economic development, racial relations and clash of Western-Western civilization, Political Islam etc.). Since his involvement has resulted in several books in English and Bahasa Malaysia such as 'Blindspot' (2003), Striving For Change (2007), Pergelutan Demi Perubahan (2016) and Najibnomiks: Rahmat atau Malapetaka? (2017).

He has led the Pas Research Center and after out of PAS, the Youth of AMANAH, and later assumed the position as Strategy Director of the AMANAH. As part of PAS think tank, he has helped produced "Negara Berkebajikan" book of PAS. He also produced the "Belanjawaan Alternatif" every year and Orange Book (Buku Jingga) when in Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

Members of the Thinking Group in Pakatan Harapan who produced Alternative Belties (2017 and 2018) and the publication of the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto namely "Buku Harapan". In addition he is also active in writing as a columnist in The Edge magazine and media portals such as Malaysiakini, The Malaysian Insight, TMI, Free Malaysia Today.

Internationally and nationally, he is often invited to share his thoughts and experiences in 'Political Islam', the socio-economic development agenda and inter-religious issues and between civilizations.


Dzulkefly made his debut in the 1999 general election, contesting the Kapar parliamentary seat in Selangor for PAS but lost. In the 2004 general election, he contested the Rembau parliamentary seat in Negeri Sembilan but lost again. He was elected to Parliament in the 2008 general election, winning the seat of Kuala Selangor, which had been held by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.[5]

In January 2010, Dr Dzulkefly publicly supported the controversial decision of the Malaysian High Court to allow a Catholic publication to use the term "Allah".[6]

He lost his parliamentary seat in the 2013 general election, tallying 460 votes fewer than the Barisan Nasional candidate Irmohizam Ibrahim.[5] Despite the loss, he was re-elected to the party's central committee.[7] In the 2018 general election, he was re-elected again to the Parliament but as an AMANAH candidate.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P99 Kapar, Selangor Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS) 24,970 45.47% Komala Devi M Perumal (MIC) 27,830 50.68% 56,060 2,860 75.24%
N. Tamilarasan @ Kim Chai (IND) 2,112 3.85%
2004 P131 Rembau, Negeri Sembilan Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS) 10,008 25.88% Firdaus Muhammad Rom Harun (UMNO) 28,664 74.12% 39,866 18,656 74.46%
2008 P96 Kuala Selangor, Selangor Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS) 18,796 51.17% Jahaya Ibrahim (UMNO) 17,934 48.83% 37,671 862 79.81%
2013 Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS) 27,040 49.58% Irmohizam Ibrahim (UMNO) 27,500 50.42% 55,592 460 89.24%
2018 Dzulkefly Ahmad (AMANAH) 29,842 43.00% Irmohizam Ibrahim (UMNO) 21,344 30.80% 60,843 8,498 87.70%
Mohd Fakaruddin Ismail (PAS) 8,535 12.30%



  1. ^ "'Tweet terakhir saya sebagai Menteri Kesihatan. Terima kasih!' - Dr Dzulkefly" ['My last tweet as Health Minister. Thank you!' - Dr Dzulkefly]. Astro Awani (in Malay). 24 February 2020.
  2. ^ Tan, Sheralyn (24 February 2020). "Dzulkefly Ahmad Resigns As Health Minister On Twitter After Making Covid-19 Update". World of Buzz. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  3. ^ FMT Reporters (31 August 2015). "Seven rebel MPs ditch PAS for breakaway GHB". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Bernama Radio on Instagram: "Infografik: Profil Menteri Kesihatan #BernamaRadio #semuanyatentanganda #pakatanharapan"". Instagram.
  5. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010. Turnout figures for Kuala Selangor unavailable.
  6. ^ Mustafa Kamal, Shazwan (1 January 2010). "Khir Toyo says in mourning over Allah ruling". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 5 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  7. ^ Ganghopadhyay, Abhrajit (24 November 2013). "Moderates Hold Sway In Malaysia's Islamic Party Poll". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Results only available from the 2004 election (GE11).
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  11. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  13. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. ^ "Husam kembali bergelar 'datuk', Mujahid Dr Dzul Ahmad Awang 'datuk seri'". MALAYSIADATELINE (in Malay). 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.