Khalid Abdul Samad

Khalid bin Abdul Samad (Jawi: خالد بن عبدالصمد; born 14 August 1957) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister of Federal Territories in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Shah Alam from March 2008 to November 2022. He is a member and Communications Director of the National Trust Party (AMANAH), a component party of the PH opposition coalition and was a member of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a former component party of the former Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Alternatif (BA) opposition coalitions. He is the younger brother of Shahrir Abdul Samad, former Minister and MP of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Before PH and BN formed the federal coalition government in November 2022, they were opposing politically as both of them were in opposing political sides.[4]

Khalid Abdul Samad
خالد عبدالصمد
YB Khalid Samad in 2019
Minister of Federal Territories
In office
2 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyShahruddin Md Salleh
Preceded byTengku Adnan Tengku Mansor
Succeeded byAnnuar Musa
ConstituencyShah Alam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Shah Alam
In office
8 March 2008  19 November 2022
Preceded byAbdul Aziz Shamsuddin
Succeeded byAzli Yusof
Majority33,849 (2018)
10,939 (2013)
9,314 (2008)
President of Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA)[1]
Assumed office
24 November 2019 (until 2023)[2]
Preceded byAdnan Md Ikhsan[3]
Personal details
Khalid bin Abdul Samad

(1957-08-14) 14 August 1957
Kota Bharu, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (1983–2015)
National Trust Party (AMANAH) (2015-present)
Other political
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (1990-1996)
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1998-2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008-2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015-present)
SpouseZaitun Abu Bakar
RelationsShahrir Abdul Samad (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Leeds
Khalid Abdul Samad on Facebook
Khalid Abdul Samad on Parliament of Malaysia

Early life

Khalid was born in Kota Bharu, Kelantan in 1957.[5]

He graduated with a degree in Fuel and Energy Engineering from Leeds University in 1979 and then worked for Petronas.[5]

Political career

He was a columnist at The Malaysian Insider and a prominent member of the moderate wing of PAS before they split to found AMANAH in 2015.[6]

Khalid joined PAS in 1983 and became a central committee member from 1987 to 1993.[4] In 1987, he was detained for nine months under the Internal Security Act (ISA) during Operation Lalang crackdown.[4]

He had unsuccessfully contested as PAS candidate the parliamentary seats of Kuala Krai (1986), Arau (1990), Sri Gading (1999) and Shah Alam (2004) in the general elections before finally won the Shah Alam seat in the 2008 general election and retained it in the 2013 general election.[4]

In 2010, Khalid became engaged in a debate with fellow opposition (later pro-government independent) Member of Parliament Zulkifli Nordin over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. After Khalid stated that he opposed a Selangor law that prohibited non-Muslims from using the word "Allah", Zulkifli lodged a police report accusing Khalid of sedition.[7] Zulkifi, a Kedah MP, moved to Selangor to run in the Shah Alam seat against Khalid in the 2013 election as a Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, but was beaten by Khalid who was re-elected with an increased margin.

In August 2014, Khalid was charged under Section 4 of the Sedition Act for allegedly questioning the executive powers of the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) in relation to the confiscation of Malay-language and Iban-language bibles. Khalid was among several other opposition politicians as well as non-politicians arrested in the 2014 Malaysian sedition dragnet.[8]

Khalid again managed to retain the Shah Alam seat in the 2018 general election but the first time for the Amanah party and was soon selected as the new PH coalition federal government cabinet minister.

On 23 October 2022, AMANAH election director Asmuni Awi revealed that Khalid would contest for the Titiwangsa federal seat in the 2022 general election. Asmuni also commented that AMANAH was taking risk to field Khalid to contest for the seat instead of the Shah Alam federal seat which is the stronghold of Khalid. Khalid also added that it was not an easy decision to leave Shah Alam where he had served as MP from 2008 to 2022 for three terms and 14 years.[9]He lost the election to Johari Abdul Ghani from BN and UMNO by a minority of 4,632 votes by garnering 20,410 votes. His defeat also paved the way for Johari to return as Titiwangsa MP and is the only electoral defeat of PH in Kuala Lumpur.

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[10][11][12][13][14][15][16]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1986 P028 Kuala Krai, Kelantan Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 10,330 45.77% Mohamed Isa (UMNO) 12,240 54.23% 23,127 1,910 77.91%
1990 P002 Arau, Perlis Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 13,154 38.57% Shahidan Kassim (UMNO) 20,948 61.43% 35,196 7,794 77.42%
1999 P134 Sri Gading, Johor Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 11,598 28.41% Mohamad Aziz (UMNO) 29,156 71.42% 41,687 17,558 74.83%
2004 P108 Shah Alam, Selangor Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 19,007 36.81% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 32,417 62.78% 52,336 13,410 75.66%
2008 Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 33,356 57.90% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (UMNO) 24,042 41.73% 58,361 9,314 77.47%
2013 Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 49,009 56.16% Zulkifli Noordin (UMNO) 38,070 43.63% 88,126 10,939 88.16%
2018 Khalid Abdul Samad (AMANAH) 55,949 60.00% Azhari Shaari (UMNO) 22,100 23.70% 93,243 33,849 87.82%
Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki (PAS) 15,194 16.30%
2022 P119 Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur Khalid Abdul Samad (AMANAH) 20,410 33.54% Johari Abdul Ghani (UMNO) 25,042 41.15% 60,858 4,632 75.37%
Rosni Adam (PAS) 15,418 23.86%
Khairuddin Abu Hassan (PEJUANG) 888 1.46%
Selangor State Legislative Assembly[17][18][19]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 N37 Kota Raja Khalid Abdul Samad (PAS) 10,361 44.96% Kamalam Annasamy (MIC) 12,686 55.04% 23,047 2,325 76.90%


  1. The gazettement of the Kuala Lumpur City Plan (KLCP) 2020 by Federal Territories Minister YB Khalid Abdul Samad late last October, was met with dismay by many stakeholders. The gazetted plan was neither the 2008 draft local plan nor the 2013 revised plan, but a “2015” version that had not gone through the processes and procedures required, as stipulated under the Federal Territory Planning Act.[20]
  2. The use of the Land Acquisition Act upon Kampung Baru residents. A provision of RM10 billion was made to buy Kampung Baru land, without the Cabinet’s prior approval. It is believed that he could have protected the people's interest in the Sungai Baru flats case and not allowing the residents to sign a lopsided agreement with the developer during his time as the Federal Territories minister. Similarly in 2017, developers had approached his predecessor to get the residents' signatures, but it was declined due to questionable track records.[21]
  3. Khalid filed a suit against Mahamad Naser in December 2017 claiming that he (Mahamad Naser) made malicious statements against him in a seminar organised by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) on Sept 28, 2017 at the Tengku Ampuan Jemaah Mosque, Bukit Jelutong in Shah Alam. Khalid claimed that Mahamad Naser, had in a lecture entitled, `Discourse on current issues and Selangor state legislation: Doctrine: Challenges and Constitution,’ had among other matters, stated that he (Khalid) was strongly against RUU355, against the implementation of Islamic law including hudud, and opposed efforts to empower the Syariah Courts. The High Court on July 17, 2019, ruled in favour of Khalid and ordered Mahamad Naser to pay him RM80,000. A Federal Court three-member panel comprising Justices Tan Sri Rohana Yusuf and Federal Court judges Datuk Harmindar Singh Dhaliwal and Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah, in an online court proceeding today, dismissed Khalid’s application and ordered him to pay RM30,000 costs.[22]


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  21. "Johari tells Khalid to stop confusing people on Sungai Baru flats, Kampung Baru land issues".
  22. "Defamation suit: Khalid Samad fails to get leave to appeal".
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