|Yang Berhormat Tuan
Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (middle) speaking to a resident of Seri Setia
|Member of the Selangor State Assembly
for Seri Setia
8 March 2008
|Preceded by||Seripah Noli Syed Hussin|
|Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Leader|
22 August 2014
|Preceded by||Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin|
|Selangor State Executive Councillor
Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation
26 September 2014
|Deputy Speaker of Selangor State Assembly|
21 June 2013 – 26 September 2014
|Preceded by||Haniza Mohamed Talha|
|Political Secretary to Selangor Menteri Besar|
26 March 2008 – 22 June 2010
|Preceded by||Karim Mansur|
|Succeeded by||Faekah Husin|
|Communications Director of Parti Keadilan Rakyat|
16 August 2010 – 11 September 2013
|Preceded by||Jonson Chong|
|Succeeded by||Fahmi Fadzil|
|Born||Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad
12 January 1982
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Political party||People's Justice Party – Pakatan Rakyat|
|Alma mater||King's College London|
Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad (born 12 January 1982) is a Malaysian politician and currently serves as the Parti Keadilan Rakyat Youth Leader; Selangor State Executive Councillor for Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation; and State Assemblyman for Seri Setia.
He grew up in the suburb of Petaling Jaya. He received his education at La Salle in Kuala Lumpur 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. His father, a big fan of Nik Nazmi, re-mortgaged his house in Petaling Jaya in order to repay the scholarship.
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 SuaraAnum.com, a now-defunct web magazine for young Malaysians.
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. Nik Nazmi was the youngest candidate to contest a seat in the 2008 election.
Nik Nazmi was appointed as Communications Director of Parti Keadilan Rakyat in August 2010.
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. 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 Parti Keadilan Rakyat party elections in 2014, he was elected as the Leader of the Youth Wing.
With the appointment of the new Menteri Besar of Selangor Azmin Ali, Nik Nazmi was appointed as the State Executive Councillor in charge of Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation.
The Mentari project
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. The Mentari Project is active in fund raising programs.
- "Keputusan Rasmi Seri Setia" (in Malay). Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- "2008 polls – interesting facts". Malaysiakini. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
- Nik Nazmi charged over Kelana Jaya rally, risks disqualification as lawmaker
- Admin."Mentari Project: Assisting Selangor In Creating Sports Active Young Generation", Media SelangorKu, 6 January 2013. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.
- Jade Chan. "Learning In A Fun Environment", The Star, 15 April 2010. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.