Reezal Merican Naina Merican

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Reezal Merican Naina Merican
ريزل مريکن ناينا مريکن
Reezal Merican Naina Merican in 2021.jpg
Ministerial roles
2015–2018Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
2020–2021Minister of Youth and Sports
2021–Minister of Housing and Local Government
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2013–Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican

(1972-07-29) 29 July 1972 (age 49)
Kepala Batas, Seberang Perai Utara, Penang, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Ismalina Ismail, Sharifah Norhaslinda
Alma materInternational Islamic University Malaysia

Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican (Jawi: ريزل مريکن بن ناينا مريکن; born 29 July 1972) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Housing and Local Government in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. He served as the Minister of Youth and Sports in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to August 2021. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kepala Batas since May 2013 after the retirement of 5th and former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as the MP from politics. He is also a member of the Supreme Council of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is an ethnic Malay of mixed Indian descent.

Before entering Parliament, Reezal worked in the bank sector.[1] Reezal took over Abdullah as the party's Division Head of Kepala Batas and as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the parliamentary seat.[2] Reezal won the seat in the 2013 Malaysian general election while defeated a candidate from the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) by 4,176 majority of the votes.[3] In October 2013, he was elected to Supreme Council of UMNO, the highest-ranking body of the party.[4] In a Cabinet reshuffle on 28 July 2015, Reezal was handpicked as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs by former Prime Minister Najib Razak. In the 2018 Malaysian general election, Reezal was re-elected.


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.
  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.
  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". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 24 October 2006. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  17. ^ "David Arumugam, Khadijah Ibrahim now Datuks". Bernama. The Star. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2018.