Reezal Merican Naina Merican

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Reezal Merican Naina Merican

ريزل مريکن ناينا مريکن
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
29 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterAnifah Aman
Preceded byHamzah Zainudin
Succeeded byMarzuki Yahya
ConstituencyKepala Batas
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kepala Batas
Assumed office
Preceded byAbdullah Ahmad Badawi (UMNOBN)
Majority4,176 (2013)
4,736 (2018)
Personal details
Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican

(1972-07-29) July 29, 1972 (age 47)
Kepala Batas, Penang, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Ismalina Ismail, Sharifah Norhaslinda

Dato' Sri Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican (Jawi: ريزل مريکن بن ناينا مريکن; born 29 July 1972) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Member of Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Kepala Batas in the state of Penang. He is also a member of the Supreme Council of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the leading party in Malaysia's previous ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He is of Malay and Indian descent.

Before entering Parliament, Reezal worked in the bank sector.[1] When the former Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi retired from politics ahead of the 2013 election, Reezal succeeded him as the division head of UMNO in Kepala Batas and as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Kepala Batas parliamentary seat.[2] Reezal won the seat at the election, defeating a Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) candidate by 4,176 votes.[3] In October 2013, he was one of 25 elected to UMNO's Supreme Council, the body that governs the party.[4]

On 28 July 2015, in cabinet reshuffle made by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Reezal was picked to be the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

In the 2018 election, Reezal was reelected to the Parliament. But he lost his cabinet post as BN has lost the federal government rules to the Pakatan Harapan (PH).


On 29 August 2015, Reezal intimated Malaysians participating in the Bersih 4 demonstrations abroad that the Foreign Ministry would gather their information for eventual legal action against them, without even citing which law the citizen abroad violated.[5]


Reezal was rumoured to marry a third wife, a former actress in the nineties Mas Anizan.[6] After first wife Ismalina Ismail and second wife Sharifah Norhaslinda which once filed for divorce with Reezal but retracted.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P041 Kepala Batas, Penang[3][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 Reezal Merican Naina Merican (UMNO) 25,128 54.53% Afnan Hamimi Taib Azamudden (PAS) 20,952 45.47% 46,738 4,176 90.52%
2018 Reezal Merican Naina Merican (UMNO) 22,459 42.94% Zaidi Zakaria (AMANAH) 17,723 33.89% 53,127 4,736 87.78%
Siti Mastura Muhammad (PAS) 12,120 23.17%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Reezal Merican appointed chairman of Amanah Raya Berhad". The Star. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Kepala Batas Umno division plans to set up Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Leadership Development Institute". ABN News. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Maklumat Terperinci Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ Irwan Muhammad Zain (20 October 2013). "Three UMNO Youths in supreme council". Astro Awani. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "BERNAMA - Foreign Ministry Identifying Malaysian Protestors Abroad - Reezal Merican". Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  6. ^ Zaidi Mohamad (24 March 2015). "Mas Anizan bukan madu saya - Lynn Alkhaired" (in Malay). Berita Harian. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Sinarharian - Sharifah Haslinda tarik balik permohonan cerai". (in Malay). Retrieved 31 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  9. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  10. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  11. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  13. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. ^ a b "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  16. ^ "PM ketuai penerima darjah Pahang" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  17. ^ "David Arumugam, Khadijah Ibrahim now Datuks". Bernama. The Star. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2018.