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Dato' Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali (born 25 August 1964) is a Malaysian politician and is the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor. He is also a Member of Parliament for Gombak, as well as the assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa in the Selangor State Assembly. He is the deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the opposition Pakatan Harapan coalition in the federal level. He is also president of the Football Association of Selangor (FAS).


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Early years and education

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Azmin Ali was born in Singapore (then a state of Malaysia) to Ali and Che Tom Yahaya. Although born in Singapore, he grew up and was educated in Kuala Lumpur Gurney Road School (2), High School Setapak and Technical Institute, Jalan Cheras. His father worked for the British Army.

He received his BSc in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He later completed his master's degree in Education from the same institute where he met Shamsidar Taharin, his future wife. While studying, Azmin taught modern and additional mathematics. One of his notable students was Razali Ibrahim, a former deputy minister, when they were in MRSM Terendak. He also attended an executive training programme at the University of Oxford.

Early career

In 1987, following advice from the Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Azmin started working for Anwar Ibrahim, who was then a Minister in Mahathir's Barisan Nasional government. Azmin served as Anwar's personal secretary through Anwar's appointment as Deputy Prime Minister in 1993 and until Mahathir sacked Anwar in 1998. Azmin remained close to Anwar following the dismissal and they both became founders of the opposition Keadilan ('Justice') party, which later became the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR, the 'People's Justice Party').

State assemblyman and parliamentarian

Keadilan entered the 1999 general elections amidst voter anger over Anwar's dismissal and subsequent imprisonment. Azmin was elected Selangor State Assemblyman for Hulu Kelang. However, he was barred from participating in the 2004 general elections due to his conviction for lying in court during the trial against Anwar. The High Court and Court of Appeal have since acquitted him.

Azmin returned to national politics in the 2008 general elections, winning the Gombak parliamentary seat and Bukit Antarabangsa state seat in Selangor. In the 2013 general elections he managed to clinch both seats again. Meanwhile, in 2010, he won an internal PKR election for the party's deputy presidency. He replaced Syed Husin, who did not seek re-election.

Menteri Besar of Selangor

Azmin became the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor on 23 September 2014, following the resignation of the PKR Incumbent Khalid Ibrahim. His ascension to the post followed months of internal political wrangling within the Pakatan Rakyat coalition that led the state. Khalid had been the Menteri Besar since the coalition of PKR, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) won a majority in the Selangor State Assembly in the 2008 election. In early 2014, PKR's national leader, Anwar Ibrahim, then a federal parliamentarian sought to contest the Selangor State Assembly seat of Kajang in a by-election. The so-called "Kajang Move" would have allowed Anwar to oust Khalid as Menteri Besar with PKR's support. However, after Anwar's conviction for sodomy weeks before the by-election, his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail assumed PKR's nomination for the by-election in his place and won the seat. Khalid resigned as Menteri Besar after PKR withdrew its support for his leadership later in the year. PKR, with the DAP's support, nominated Wan Azizah to replace him, but both the Sultan of Selangor (who appoints the Menteri Besar) and the third coalition party, PAS, sought other options. The Sultan requested that each coalition party submit three names for his consideration. PKR and the DAP submitted only Wan Azizah's name, while PAS submitted others. On 22 September, the Sultan announced the appointment of Azmin. He was sworn into office the following morning.

Azmin was the sole recipient of the First Class Darjah Kebesaran Seri Paduka Mahkota Selangor (S.P.M.S) award, which carries the title ‘Dato' Seri’ in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah on 11 December 2015.

Personal life

He is married to Shamshida Taharin, a finance graduate also from the University of Minnesota. The couple have three sons and three daughters. He lives in Ampang.


He has been awarded :

Honours of Selangor

  • Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Selangor (SPMS)
  • Companion of the Order of the Crown of Selangor (SMS)
  • References

    Mohamed Azmin Ali Wikipedia

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