Khalid Abdul Samad

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Khalid Abdul Samad

خالد بن عبدالصمد
Khalid Samad during Kita Lawan rally on 28 March 2015.jpg
Khalid Samad in 2015
Minister of Federal Territories
Assumed office
2 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyDr. Shahruddin Md. Salleh
Preceded byTengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
ConstituencyShah Alam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Shah Alam, Selangor
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byAbdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNOBN)
Majority33,849 (2018)
10,939 (2013)
9,314 (2008)
Personal details
Born
Khalid bin Abdul Samad

(1957-08-14) 14 August 1957 (age 61)
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
NationalityMalaysian
Political partyPAS (1983-2015)
AMANAH (2015-present)
Spouse(s)Zaitun Abu Bakar
RelationsShahrir Abdul Samad (elder brother)
Children6
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.khalidsamad.com

Khalid bin Abdul Samad (Jawi: خالد بن عبدالصمد; born 14 August 1957) is a Malaysian politician and served as a Minister of Federal Territories (Malaysia) since July 2018. He is a member of the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah), a component party of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He is also the current Member of Parliament for Shah Alam, Selangor.

He was a columnist at The Malaysian Insider and a prominent member of the moderate wing of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) before they split to set up the new Amanah party.[1]

He is the younger brother of Shahrir Abdul Samad; the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) of Barisan Nasional (BN) former Member of Parliament for Johor Bahru, Johor and former Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs.[2]

Early life[edit]

Khalid was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan in 1957.[3]

He graduated with a degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering from Leeds University in 1979 and then worked for Petronas.[3]

Political career[edit]

Khalid joined PAS in 1983 and became a central committee member from 1987 to 1993.[2] In 1987, he was detained for nine months under the Internal Security Act (ISA) during Operation Lalang crackdown.[2]

He had unsuccessfully contested as PAS candidate the parliamentary seats of Kuala Krai (1986), Arau (1990), Sri Gading (1999) and Shah Alam (2004) in the general elections before finally won the Shah Alam seat in the 2008 general election and retained it in the 2013 general election.[2]

In 2010, Khalid became engaged in a debate with fellow opposition (later pro-government independent) Member of Parliament Zulkifli Nordin over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. After Khalid stated that he opposed a Selangor law that prohibited non-Muslims from using the word "Allah", Zulkifli lodged a police report accusing Khalid of sedition.[4] Zulkifi, a Kedah MP, moved to Selangor to run in the Shah Alam seat against Khalid in the 2013 election as a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, but was beaten by Khalid who was re-elected with an increased margin.

In August 2014, Khalid was charged under Section 4 of the Sedition Act for allegedly questioning the executive powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) in relation to the confiscation of Malay-language and Iban-language bibles. Khalid was among several other opposition politicians as well as non-politicians arrested in the 2014 Malaysian sedition dragnet.[5]

Khalid again managed to retain the Shah Alam seat in the 2018 general election but the first time for the Amanah party and was soon selected as the new PH coalition federal government cabinet minister.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P028 Kuala Krai, Kelantan Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 10,330 45.77% Mohamed Isa (UMNO) 12,240 54.23% 23,127 1,910 77.91%
1990 P002 Arau, Perlis Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 13,154 38.57% Shahidan Kassim (UMNO) 20,948 61.43% 35,196 7,794 77.42%
1999 P134 Sri Gading, Johor Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 11,598 28.41% Mohamad Aziz (UMNO) 29,156 71.42% 41,687 17,558 74.83%
2004 P108 Shah Alam, Selangor Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 19,007 36.81% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 32,417 62.78% 52,336 13,410 75.66%
2008 Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 33,356 57.90% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 24,042 41.73% 58,361 9,314 77.47%
2013 Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 49,009 56.16% Zulkifli Noordin (UMNO) 38,070 43.63% 88,126 10,939 88.16%
2018 Khalid Abdul Samad (AMANAH) 55,949 60.00% Azhari Shaari (UMNO) 22,100 23.70% 93,243 33,849 87.82%
Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki (PAS) 15,194 16.30%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Malaysian Insider: Khalid Samad". Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 1 February 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d Raslan, Karim (30 September 2008). "Steering PAS westward". The Star. Archived from the original on 4 June 2011. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Khalid Samad – official blog". Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  4. ^ Habibu, Sira (23 January 2010). "PKR's Zulkifli Noordin files police report against PAS' Khalid Samad". The Star. Archived from the original on 26 January 2010. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  5. ^ "PAS's Khalid Samad charged with sedition". The Malaysian Insider. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 11 September 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  9. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". www.myundi.com.my. Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.