Saifuddin Nasution Ismail

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This is a Malay name; the name Ismail is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Saifuddin.
Yang Berbahagia Dato'
Saifuddin Nasution Ismail
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Machang, Kelantan
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Sazmi Miah
Succeeded by Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub
Member of the Kedah State Assembly
for Lunas
In office
29 November 2000 – 21 March 2004
Preceded by Joe Fernandez
Succeeded by Ganesan Subramaniam
Personal details
Born (1963-12-07) 7 December 1963 (age 53)
Singapore, Malaysia
Political party

PKRPakatan Rakyat (1999 – present)

UMNOBarisan Nasional (1995–1999)
Spouse(s) Norhayati Musa
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (born 7 December 1963) is a Malaysian politician. He is a senior figure in the People's Justice Party (PKR), in the Pakatan Harapan opposition coalition, and is a former Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Machang constituency in Kelantan.[1]

Saifuddin was a member of the youth wing of the ruling UMNO party but was expelled in 1999 as its assistant secretary.[2] An ally of Anwar Ibrahim, Saifuddin then defected to the opposition KeADILan party, which later became PKR.[3]

Saifuddin election debut was in the 1999 general election contesting the seat of Padang Serai, Kedah but lost. A year later, he won the Kedah State Assembly seat of Lunas in a 2000 by-election.[4][5] However he failed in his bid to be elevated to the federal Parliament in the 2004 election, losing to Lim Bee Kau of the Barisan Nasional in the seat of Padang Serai again.[6] In the 2008 election, Saifuddin contested and won the federal seat of Machang in Kelantan.[7] For the 2013 he returned to Kedah to contest the seat of Kulim-Bandar Baharu, but was defeated by UMNO's Abd. Aziz Sheikh Fadzir.[8]

In January 2010, Saifuddin was appointed the Secretary-General of PKR, replacing Salehuddin Hashim.[9] In 2014 he vacated the post to run for the party's deputy presidency, but was defeated by Azmin Ali.[10] He was once again appointed to the post of PKR Secretary-General in November 2016, this time to replace Rafizi Ramli.[11][12]

Election results[edit]

Kedah State Legislative Assembly[4]
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Majority
2000 N34 Lunas P22 Padang Serai Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (KeADILan) 10,511 50.66% S. Anthonysamy (MIC) 9,981 48.10% 530
N.Letchumanan (IND) 50 0.24%
Parliament of Malaysia[13][14]
Year Constituency Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct Majority
1999 P17 Padang Serai, Kedah Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (KeADILan) 18,023 38.53% Lim Bee Kau (MCA) 27,395 58.56% 9.372
2004 P17 Padang Serai, Kedah Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR) 15,953 36.84% Lim Bee Kau (MCA) 26,269 60.66% 10,316
2008 P29 Machang, Kelantan Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR) 21,041 50.71% Sazmi Miah (UMNO) 19,581 47.19% 1,460
2013 P18 Kulim-Bandar Baharu, Kedah Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (PKR) 24,911 47.42% Abd. Aziz Sheikh Fadzir (UMNO) 26,782 50.98% 1,871


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  2. ^ "New trustees prepared to face legal action". New Straits Times. 9 July 1999. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Tan, Joceline (28 November 1999). "An election full of issues for voters". New Straits Times. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b OTHMAN MOHAMAD (30 November 2000). "Keadilan menang pilihan raya kecil Lunas". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mahathir's coalition loses by-election". BBC News. 29 November 2000. Retrieved 28 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008 (2004 results)". The Star. Retrieved 25 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Muzliza Mustafa. "BN's Abd Aziz to face off PKR's Saifuddin for Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat Read more: BN's Abd Aziz to face off PKR's Saifuddin for Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat". New Straits Times. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Habibu, Sira (10 January 2010). "PKR picks Saifuddin to replace Salehuddin". The Star. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Boo Su-Lyn (21 August 2014). "Azmin wins PKR No 2 in party polls". Malay Mail. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Saifuddin Nasution is new PKR secretary-general". The Star. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Rafizi Ramli quits as PKR sec-gen, replaced by Saifuddin". Free Malaysia Today. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 28 February 2017.  Results only available from the 2004 election.