Khairy Jamaluddin

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Khairy Jamaluddin

خيري بن جمال الدين
Yang Berhormat Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar.jpg
Minister of Youth and Sports
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputySaravanan Murugan
Preceded byAhmad Shabery Cheek
Succeeded bySyed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman
Youth Chief of United Malay National Organisation
In office
26 March 2009 – 25 June 2018
PresidentNajib Razak
Preceded byHishammuddin Hussein
Succeeded byAsyraf Wajdi Dusuki
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Rembau
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byFirdaus Muhammad Rom Harun
Majority5,746 (2008)
18,357 (2013)
4,368 (2018)
Personal details
Khairy bin Jamaluddin

10 January 1976 (age 43)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Political partyUnited Malay National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Nori Abdullah
RelationsAbdullah Ahmad Badawi (father in law)
ChildrenJibreil Ali
Timor Abdullah
Raif Averroes
ParentsJamaluddin Abu Bakar
Rahmah Abdul Hamid
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
University College London
Military service
AllegianceMalaysia Malaysia
Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Branch/service Malaysian Army
Territorial Army Regiment
Years of service2010–2018
RankBrigadier General
UnitRejimen AW 508
Sports career

Khairy bin Jamaluddin (Jawi: خيري بن جمال الدين; born 10 January 1976), commonly known as Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar or KJ, is a Malaysian politician. A member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) political party, he served as the federal Minister for Youth and Sports from May 2013 to May 2018. He has been a Member of Parliament representing Rembau in Negeri Sembilan since 2008 and the president of UMNO's youth wing from 2009 to 2018.

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, Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and Rahmah Abdul Hamid. Khairy's late father, 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, Rahmah Abdul Hamid, has been heavily involved in volunteer work throughout her life. Khairy's grandfather, 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 (born 2007), Timor Abdullah (born 2008) and Raif Averroes (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 26 October 2016, Khairy was elevated from the rank of 'Colonel' to 'Brigadier-General' effective 14 Jan 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][21]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO) 26,525 55.47% Badrul Hisham Shaharin (PKR) 20,779 43.46% 48,901 5,746 77.75%
2013 Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO) 43,053 63.01% Radzali A. Ghani (PKR) 24,696 36.15% 69,538 18,357 87.29%
Abdul Aziz Hassan (IND) 325 0.48%
2018 Khairy Jamaluddin (UMNO) 36,096 48.87% Roseli Abdul Gani (PKR) 31,732 42.96% 73,856 4,368 83.58%
Mustafa Dolah (PAS) 6,028 8.16%

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.[22][23]

See also[edit]


  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 Archived 25 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine 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 Archived 10 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine 25 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Khairy earns his paratrooper jump wings". The New Straits Times. 18 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  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. ^ "Federal Government Gazette, Results of Contested Election Parliamentary Constituencies for the State of Negeri Sembilan" (PDF). Election Commission. Retrieved 15 June 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  22. ^ "Khairy says deputy's remarks led to Sea Games polo win". The Star. 22 August 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  23. ^ "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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