Khairy Jamaluddin

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Yang Berhormat Brigadier Jeneral
Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar
Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.jpg
Minister of Youth and Sports
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Monarch Abdul Halim
Muhammad V of Kelantan
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Ahmad Shabery Cheek
Constituency Rembau
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Rembau
Assumed office
Preceded by Firdaus Muhammad Rom Harun
Chairman of UMNO's Youth Wing
Assumed office
26 March 2009
Preceded by Hishammuddin Hussein
Personal details
Born (1976-01-10) 10 January 1976 (age 41)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Political party UMNO
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Nori Abdullah
Relations Son-in-law of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Children Jibreil Ali
Timor Abdullah
Raif Averroes
Alma mater University of Oxford
University College London
Occupation Politician
Profession Journalist
Military service
Allegiance  Malaysia
Service/branch Rejimen Askar Wataniah
Years of service 2010–current
Rank Brigadier General
Unit Rejimen AW 508
Sports career
Country Malaysia
Sport Polo

Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (born 10 January 1976) is a Malaysian politician. He is the federal Minister for Youth and Sports (2013–present), the Member of Parliament for Rembau, Negeri Sembilan (2008–present) and the president of the youth wing of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (2009–present).

He is the son-in-law of the fifth Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Personal background[edit]

Khairy is the only son of former diplomat Dato' Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and Dato' Datin Rahmah Abdul Hamid. Khairy's late father, Dato' Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, was a senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, retiring as the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Dato' Jamaluddin died of throat cancer. Khairy's mother, Dato' Datin Rahmah Abdul Hamid, has been heavily involved in volunteer work throughout her life. Khairy's grandfather, Penghulu Abu Bakar, was a community leader in Kota, Rembau.

Khairy was born in Kuwait City, Kuwait. He had his secondary education at the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, and his university education at Oxford University and University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom. While at Oxford, he studied at St Hugh's College, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). In 1998, he completed his master's degree in Legal and Political Theory at UCL.

After leaving university, Khairy worked as a journalist for a period. He served as a presenter on the talkshow Dateline Malaysia. He also had a stint working for The Economist in 1999. Thereafter, Khairy became a Special Officer in the office of Abdullah Badawi, who was then the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was Abdullah's Deputy Principal Private Secretary from 2003–04.

In October 2001, Khairy married Abdullah's daughter Nori Abdullah. The couple have three sons, Jibreil Ali Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (born 2007), Timor Abdullah Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (born 2008) and Raif Averroes Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (born 2015).

Political career[edit]

UMNO Youth and ministerial officer[edit]

Under the prime ministership of his father-in-law (2003–2009), Khairy rose to prominence within UMNO and Malaysian politics generally. He became the deputy chief of UMNO's youth wing and served as a close personal adviser to Abdullah. Khairy's perceived influence on Abdullah made both men a target for criticism, including from Abdullah's predecessor Mahathir Mohamad.[1] On this allegation, Khairy replied that "I am a pretty easy scapegoat. [But] the decisions Dr. Mahathir is unhappy with are entirely made by the Prime Minister and the cabinet."[1]

He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has written for major publications including The Economist, Time and the Wall Street Journal.

He became closely involved in football during his pre-parliamentary career. He holds a number of high-profile positions in the Malaysian football scene, and is involved in a number of football-related associations. In 2006, Khairy teamed-up with radio DJ Jason Lo (with whom he attended high school in Singapore) to produce the football-based reality TV show MyTeam.[2]

On 9 September 2007, Khairy was chosen uncontested as the Vice-President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) during the 44th FAM Congress, to serve from 2007 to 2010, replacing Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.[3]

Election to Parliament[edit]

In 2008, Khairy was elected to the federal Parliament for the seat of Rembau in the state of Negeri Sembilan. The following year he was elected as the President of UMNO Youth, defeating Khir Toyo and Mukhriz Mahathir[4]

In his first term in parliament, Khairy involved himself in contentious policy debates. He expressed his view that Malaysia should repeal the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and abolish the annual Home Ministry licensing requirement, through the creation of an independent body which will enforce a self-regulatory mechanism of the system similar to the United Kingdom's Press Complaints Commission.[5] He also spoke against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission's blocking of the popular and often anti-government website Malaysia Today, citing that the move was a "blatant and crude employment of state power" and "is inconsistent with the widening roads of democratic highways."[6] He also called for an end to the Mahathir-era policy of teaching science and maths in English.[7] In September 2008, Khairy called for the reversal of the policy, citing that the policy had failed and only caused burden to students.[8] He regularly debated non-government and opposition figures in public, including Ambiga Sreenevasan on the transparency of the Malaysian Election Commission,[9] and senior Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader, and close Anwar Ibrahim ally, Rafizi Ramli on higher education loans.[10]

In 2010, Khairy joined the Rejimen Askar Wataniah as a reservist after completing one month of training in Negeri Sembilan and Johor in May 2010.[11] He then completed a five-week basic static parachuting course conducted by the army's Special Warfare Centre with 78 others in February 2011.[12] In January 2014, he was appointed as the Commander of the 508 Regiment located in Rasah, Negeri Sembilan.[13] On October 26, 2016, Khairy was elevated from the rank of 'Colonel' to 'Brigadier-General' effective Jan 14, 2015.[14] This makes him the first Cabinet minister to be awarded a military rank after going through various courses organised by the Territorial Army, and he continues to lead the Territorial Army Regiment 508.

Ministerial career[edit]

After retaining his parliamentary seat in the 2013 election, Prime Minister Najib Razak elevated Khairy to the Cabinet as Minister for Youth and Sports.[15] Later in 2013 he was re-elected to the presidency of UMNO Youth.[16]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P131 Rembau, Negeri Sembilan[17][18][19][20]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO) 26,525 55.47% Radzali Ghani (PKR) 20,779 43.46% 48,901 5,746 77.75%
2013 Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO) 43,053 63.01% Badrul Hisham Shaharin (PKR) 24,696 36.15% 69,538 18,357 87.29%

Sporting career[edit]

Khairy competed for the Malaysian polo team at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games. The team secured a gold medal in the men's team polo event winning over Thailand.[21][22]


  1. ^ a b Beech, Hannah (30 October 2006). Not the Retiring Type (page three). TIME.
  2. ^ MyTeam Official Website Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Khairy Antara Lima Muka Baru Terajui FAM" (in Malay). Bernama. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 10 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Khairy Calls On Umno Youth To Close Ranks". Bernama. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  5. ^ The Star. Umno Youth deputy chief all for repealing Press Act 11 May 2008.
  6. ^ The Star. Khairy disagrees with blocking of news portal 31 August 2008.
  7. ^ BERNAMA. [1] 20 January 2006.[full citation needed] Archived 14 May 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ TEACHING OF SCIENCE AND MATHS IN ENGLISH: It's high time we ditched this policy New Straits Times 9 September 2008.
  9. ^ Free Malaysia Today Khairy vs Ambiga: a heated affair Accessed 21 August 2012.
  10. ^ The Star Online Khairy: Weak Umno bad for Barisan 21 August 2006.
  11. ^ The Malaysian Insider.Khairy signs up as Territorial Army reservist 25 May 2010.
  12. ^ The New Straits Times Khairy earns his paratrooper jump wings 18 February 2011
  13. ^ Bernama Khairy Komander Rejimen 508 Askar Wataniah Yang Baharu 16 February 2014
  14. ^ Astro Awani Khairy Jamaluddin made Askar Wataniah Brigadier General 26 October 2016
  15. ^ "Khairy Jamaluddin New Youth And Sports Minister". Bernama. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Winners and losers in Umno polls". The Malaysian Insider. 20 October 2013. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 24 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "P131: Rembau". Utusan. Retrieved 24 October 2014.  Percentages are votes received as a percentage of total turnout. Votes for independent and third party candidates are not listed.
  18. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  19. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017.  Results only available from the 2004 election.
  20. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "Khairy says deputy's remarks led to Sea Games polo win". The Star. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 
  22. ^ "Malaysia wins gold in polo, with Khairy part of team". The Malay Mail. Bernama. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017. 

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