Nasharudin Mat Isa

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Nasharudin Mat Isa
Chief Executive Officer of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation
Assumed office
Preceded by Saifuddin Abdullah
Member of the Bachok, Kelantan
In office
Preceded by Awang Adek Hussin
Succeeded by Ahmad Marzuk Shaary
Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Yan, Kedah
In office
Preceded by Badruddin Amiruldin
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1962-10-19) 19 October 1962 (age 54)
Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Occupation Politician

Nasharudin Mat Isa (born 19 October 1962) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation, an organisation established as a referral point for the consolidation and dissemination of information and material pertaining to moderation and the fight against extremism.[1] He was former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia.[2] He was born in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.He represented the constituency of Yan, Kedah, from 1999 to 2004, and the seat of Bachok, Kelantan, from 2008 to 2013. From 2005 to 2011 he was the Deputy President of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).

Nasharudin attended the University of Glasgow.[3] Before entering active politics, he was a lecturer at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. In 1999 he left academia to take up the post of PAS's Secretary-General, making him the party's top administrative officer. He was hand-picked for the position by the party's President, Fadzil Noor, who had brought Nasharudin and other urban professionals into PAS during the 1990s to modernise the party.[4] 1999 also saw Nasharudin's election to Parliament for the seat of Yan.[5]

In 2004 Nasharudin lost his parliamentary seat when he switched to run for the Besut seat in Terengganu.[6] The following year, he became the Deputy President of PAS, making him the party's second-most senior elected leader after the President, Abdul Hadi Awang. Nasharudin's election to the position was a surprise: the senior cleric Haron Din had been slated to run against the incumbent, Hassan Shukri, but withdrew due to illness. In Haron's absence, Nasharudin defeated Hassan by a narrow margin.[4] In 2008, he returned to Parliament, winning the seat of Bachok in Kelantan. The following year, he won re-election as Deputy President of PAS, defeating two other candidates. His victory was seen by observers as a win for PAS' conservatives.[7] However, he was ultimately defeated for re-election in 2011 by moderate candidate Mohamed Sabu.[8]

During his deputy presidency, Nasharudin had been one of PAS' leading proponents of entering talks with its long-time opponents UMNO to establish a ruling Malay coalition between UMNO and PAS.[9][10] After travelling to Gaza in 2013 with UMNO's president, and Malaysia's Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak, he was expelled from PAS's governing council.[11] He did not recontest his parliamentary seat at the 2013 election.

Having left both PAS's leadership and the Parliament in 2013, Nasharudin became chairman of the Nassar Foundation, a non-government organisation concerned with Islamic matters. From this position he spoke out against the use of the word "Allah" by Christians to describe God,[12] and led protests against what he perceived as the lack of support from the Egyptian military government for people in Gaza.[13][14]

Nasharuddin is also currently the CEO of the Global Movement of Moderates Foundation (GMMF), an organization established by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak as a referral point for the consolidation and dissemination of information and material pertaining to moderation.[15]

He speaks Malay, Arabic, English, and Urdu.[4]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Bachok, Kelantan[16]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct
2008 Nasharudin Mat Isa (PAS) 28,835 52% Awang Adek Hussin 25,934 47%
Parliament of Malaysia: Besut, Terengganu[16]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct
2004 Nasharudin Mat Isa (PAS) 17,587 40% Abdullah Md Zin 26,087 59%
Parliament of Malaysia: Yan, Kedah[16]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct
1999 Nasharudin Mat Isa (PAS) 16,041 49.5% Badruddin Amiruldin 15,859 48.9%


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  2. ^ "Nasharudin bin Mat Isa, Y.B. Tuan Haji" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Nasharudin Mat Isa and Malay unity". The Star (Malaysia). 22 July 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Liew Chin Tong (1 January 2007). "PAS LEADERSHIP: New Faces and Old Constraints". Southeast Asian Affairs – via Questia. (Subscription required (help)). 
  5. ^ Gabriel, Paul (31 May 2009). "Cool in the face of challenge". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  6. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  7. ^ Gabriel, Paul (6 June 2009). "Malaysia's Islamists pick conservative for top post". Reuters India. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Habibu, Sira (4 June 2011). "PAS polls result: Mat Sabu is new deputy, ulama lose out". The Star. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  9. ^ "Pakatan rejects unity talks with Umno/BN". 22 June 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  10. ^ "Manek Urai polls: It's one-on-one (Update 4)". The Star (Malaysia). 6 July 2009. Retrieved 24 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Callick, Rowan (7 February 2013). "I have received official expulsion letter – Nasharudin Mat Isa". The Australian. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "Respect Muslim feelings, envoy told". New Straits Times. 14 July 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  13. ^ Lee, Patrick (17 August 2013). "30 protest outside Egyptian embassy". The Star. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "NGOs say Egypt ban on Malaysians entering Gaza ‘unacceptable’ – Bernama". Bernama. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Nasharuddin replaces Saifuddin as GMM Chief". FMT. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b c "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.