Khalid Abdul Samad

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Khalid Abdul Samad
Khalid Samad during Kita Lawan rally on 28 March 2015.jpg
Khalid Samad in 2015
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Shah Alam, Selangor
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded by Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNOBN)
Personal details
Born (1957-08-14) 14 August 1957 (age 59)
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party
Relations Younger brother of Shahrir Abdul Samad
Alma mater University of Leeds
Occupation Politician

Khalid Abdul Samad (born 14 August 1957) is a Malaysian politician. He is a member of the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) and the Member of Parliament for Shah Alam, Selangor.

He was a prominent member of the moderate wing of PAS, and is a columnist at The Malaysian Insider.[1]

He is the younger brother of former Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Shahrir Abdul Samad.[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 during Operation Lalang.[2]

He had unsuccessfully contested the Kuala Krai, Arau, Sri Gading and Shah Alam parliamentary seats before winning the Shah Alam seat in the 2008 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 against Khalid in the 2013 election as a Barisan Nasional candidate, but Khalid 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]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P028 Kuala Krai, Kelantan Khalid Samad (PAS) 10,330 45.77% Mohamed Isa (UMNO) 12,240 54.23% 23,127 1,910 77.91%
1990 P002 Arau, Perlis Khalid 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 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 Samad (PAS) 19,007 36.81% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 32,417 62.78% 52,336 13,410 75.66%
2008 Khalid Samad (PAS) 33,356 57.90% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 24,042 41.73% 58,361 9,314 77.47%
2013[6] Khalid Samad (PAS) 49,009 56.16% Zulkifli Noordin (UMNO) 38,070 43.63% 88,126 10,939 88.16%


  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 PRU13