Nik Nazmi

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Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
نئ نظمي بن نئ أحمد
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YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
3rd Youth Chief of People's Justice Party
In office
22 August 2014 – 16 November 2018
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Anwar Ibrahim
DeputyAfif Bahardin
Preceded byShamsul Iskandar Md. Akin
Succeeded byAkmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir
Communications Director of People's Justice Party
In office
16 August 2010 – 11 September 2013
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Preceded byJonson Chong
Succeeded byFahmi Fadzil
Political Secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar
In office
26 March 2008 – 22 June 2010
Preceded byKarim Mansur
Succeeded byFaekah Husin
Exco roles (Selangor)
2014–2018Chairman of the Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Faction represented in Selangor State Legislative Assembly
2008–2018People's Justice Party
Other roles
2013–2014Deputy Speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly
2019–2020Chairman the Defence and Home Affairs Select Committee
Personal details
Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad

(1982-01-12) 12 January 1982 (age 40)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015–present)
Spouse(s)Noor Farah Rahim
EducationMalay College Kuala Kangsar
Alma materKing's College London

Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad (Jawi: نئ نظمي بن نئ أحمد; born 12 January 1982) is a Malaysian politician from the People's Justice Party (PKR) currently serving as Member of Parliament (MP) of Malaysia for Setiawangsa constituency in Kuala Lumpur. He was appointed chair of the Defence and Home Affairs Select Committee on 4 December 2019.[1]

He also served as the first Youth Chief of the Alliance of Hope (PH), PKR Youth Chief and as the Selangor State Executive Councillor for Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation. Earlier, he served as two-term Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) of Selangor for Seri Setia from March 2008 to May 2018.

Early life[edit]

He grew up in the city of Petaling Jaya. He received his education at La Salle Petaling Jaya before being admitted into the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. After graduating from MCKK he underwent a preparatory program at Kolej Yayasan UEM where he was the Student Council President under Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) scholarship. Upon completion of his A-levels in KYUEM he was admitted into King's College London to read law.

In the United Kingdom, he became active in his college's Labour Student Society and the Federation of Students Islamic Societies (FOSIS). Among the Malaysian students in the UK he was also secretary of the Malaysian Law Students Union, vice-chairman of the United Kingdom and Eire Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) and volunteered with Projek Kalsom.

Upon his return to Malaysia, he served his bond with PNB for almost a year before resigning to concentrate on his political career. He repaid PNB for the scholarship by taking a mortgage on a family property.

He has columns in the Edge, Sinar Harian, Oriental Daily News and The Malaysian Insider.

In 2009 Marshall Cavendish published his book Moving Forward: Malays for the 21st Century. It was also published in Malay as Mendepani Zaman: Melayu untuk Abad ke-21. In 2011, he published Coming of Age: A Decade of Essays 2001–2011.

He has also spoken at various institutions including the Australian National University; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; Cambridge University; the School of Oriental and African Studies; Oxford University; Warwick University; the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore; the International Islamic University Malaysia; the University of Malaya; Universiti Selangor; Nanyang Siang Pau and the Asian Strategic Leadership Institute.

He started his website when in 1997 and a blog in 2001. He also founded, a now-defunct web magazine for young Malaysians.

Political career[edit]

After serving as an assistant to Anwar Ibrahim, he was nominated by Parti Keadilan Rakyat to contest the Seri Setia state seat in Selangor for the 2008 Malaysian general election. On polling day, Nik Nazmi won by a majority of 2,863 votes, defeating the incumbent Seripah Noli Syed Hussin who had won an 11,141 vote majority in the previous election.[2] Nik Nazmi was the youngest candidate to contest a seat in the 2008 election.[3]

He was the political secretary to the Menteri Besar of Selangor Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from March 2008 to June 2010.

Nik Nazmi was appointed as Communications Director of PKR in August 2010.

In the 2013 Malaysian general election Nik Nazmi defended his Seri Setia state seat. He defeated Abdul Halim Samad of Barisan Nasional with a majority of 4,663 votes.

He was then elected as Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly. During this time he inaugurated the Selangor Youth ADUN Program (Program ADUN Muda Selangor) that allowed students the experience of being legislators in the State Assembly.

Nik Nazmi is the first person to be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for failing to give police a 10 days' notice before holding the post-election Kelana Jaya Blackout 505 rally. If convicted under section 9(5) of the same Act, Nik Nazmi could be fined up to RM10,000, which could see the Seri Setia state assemblyman losing his seat.[4] The rally is to protest against the election results and demand a free and fair election.

In a landmark judgment in April 2014 following Nik Nazmi's challenge on the constitutionality of the Act, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that it is unconstitutional to criminalise fundamental freedoms and acquitted Nik Nazmi.

In the PKR party elections in 2014, he was elected as the Leader of the Youth Wing.

Nazmi was appointed as the State Executive Councillor in charge of Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation in 2014.

On 9 May 2018, Nik Nazmi moved to Contest the Setiawangsa Parliamentary Constituency and subsequently won the seat with a 14,372 majority.

On December 13, 2018, Nik Nazmi was replaced by Muar MP and Youth Minister Syed Saddiq as New Pakatan Harapan Youth Chief.

The Mentari project[edit]

The Mentari project is the brainchild of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. It is supposed to promote an alternative learning activity for underprivileged children living in the low-cost housing area of Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya. Desa Mentari was chosen as a benchmark location as the children there have to endure extreme social problems, financial constraints to basic security issues and even serious family problems.[5] The Mentari Project is active in fund raising programs.[6]

Election results[edit]

Selangor State Legislative Assembly[7][8][9]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 N32 Seri Setia, P104 Kelana Jaya. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 13,838 55.77% Seripah Noli Syed Hussin (UMNO) 10,975 44.23% 25,163 2,863 71.73%
2013 N32 Seri Setia, P104 Kelana Jaya. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 18,692 57.13% Abdul Halim Samad (UMNO) 14,029 42.87% 33,311 4,663 84.23%
Parliament of Malaysia[8][10][11]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P118 Setiawangsa, K.L. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 34,471 56.65% Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 20,099 33.03% 61,884 14,372 85.79%
Ubaid Abd Akla (PAS) 6,282 10.32%


  1. ^ Abdullah, Maria Chin (4 December 2019). "Maria Chin Abdullah". Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Keputusan Rasmi Seri Setia" (in Malay). Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  3. ^ "2008 polls – interesting facts". Malaysiakini. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  4. ^ Nik Nazmi charged over Kelana Jaya rally, risks disqualification as lawmaker
  5. ^ Admin."Mentari Project: Assisting Selangor In Creating Sports Active Young Generation", Media SelangorKu, 6 January 2013. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.
  6. ^ Jade Chan. "Learning In A Fun Environment", The Star (Malaysia), 15 April 2010. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.
  7. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  8. ^ a b "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  9. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 13" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  10. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.

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