Nik Nazmi

Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad (Jawi: نئ نظمي بن نئ أحمد; born 12 January 1982) is a Malaysian politician from the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of presently the Pakatan Harapan (PH) and formerly Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition who has served as Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Setiawangsa since May 2018. He served as Member of the Selangor State Executive Council (EXCO) in the PR and PH state administrations under former Menteri Besar Azmin Ali from September 2014 to May 2018, Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly from June 2013 to September 2014, Member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Seri Setia from March 2008 to May 2018, Chair of the Defence and Home Affairs Select Committee from December 2019 to March 2020 and Political Secretary to the Menteri Besar of Selangor from March 2008 to June 2010. [1] He has also served as Vice President of PKR since July 2022, 3rd Youth Chief of PKR from August 2014 to November 2018, Communications Director of PKR from August 2010 to September 2013, 1st Youth Chief of PH from October 2017 to December 2018 and State Youth Chief of PKR of Selangor.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
نئ نظمي نئ أحمد
YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad
Minister of Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change
Assumed office
3 December 2022
MonarchAbdullah
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyHuang Tiong Sii
Preceded byTakiyuddin Hassan
(Minister of Energy and Natural Resources)
Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man
(Minister of Environment and Water)
ConstituencySetiawangsa
Vice President of the People's Justice Party
Assumed office
17 July 2022
Serving with Aminuddin Harun &
Amirudin Shari &
Awang Husaini Sahari &
Chang Lih Kang &
Nurul Izzah Anwar &
Saraswathy Kandasamy
PresidentAnwar Ibrahim
3rd Youth Chief of the People's Justice Party
In office
22 August 2014  16 November 2018
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
DeputyAfif Bahardin
Preceded byShamsul Iskandar Md. Akin
Succeeded byAkmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir
Communications Director of the People's Justice Party
In office
16 August 2010  11 September 2013
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
Preceded byJonson Chong
Succeeded byFahmi Fadzil
1st Youth Chief of the Pakatan Harapan
In office
31 October 2017  13 December 2018
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded bySyed Saddiq
Political Secretary to the Menteri Besar of Selangor
In office
26 March 2008  22 June 2010
Menteri Besar of SelangorKhalid Ibrahim
Preceded byKarim Mansur
Succeeded byFaekah Husin
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Faction represented in Selangor State Legislative Assembly
2008–2018People's Justice Party
Exco roles (Selangor)
2014–2018Chairman of the Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation
Other roles
2013–2014Deputy Speaker of Selangor State Legislative Assembly
2019–2020Chairman the Defence and Home Affairs Select Committee
Personal details
Born
Nik Nazmi bin Nik Ahmad

(1982-01-12) 12 January 1982
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
CitizenshipMalaysian
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Other political
affiliations
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
(2008–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2015)
SpouseNoor Farah Rahim
Children1
EducationMalay College Kuala Kangsar
Alma materKing's College London
OccupationPolitician
Websitewww.niknazmi.com

Early life

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad was born in Kuala Lumpur on 12 January, 1982. His parents were originally from Kota Bharu, Kelantan.[2] He grew up in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

He was selected to attend the Malay College Kuala Kangsar. In 2000, he received a Permodalan Nasional Berhad scholarship to do his A-Levels in Kolej Yayasan UEM, where he was elected as Student Council President.

Nik Nazmi later furthered his studies at King's College London to read law. He was active in various student bodies including UKEC, Federation of Student Islamic Societies and Labour Students. He was elected as a delegate for King's College to the National Union of Students (United Kingdom) Conference in 2005.[3]

He served his sponsors PNB for less than a year, and joined PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim's office in 2006. He paid back his sponsors by taking a mortgage on a family property.[4]

Political career

After serving as an assistant to Anwar Ibrahim, he was nominated by Parti Keadilan Rakyat to contest the Seri Setia state seat in Selangor for the 2008 Malaysian general election. On polling day, Nik Nazmi won by a majority of 2,863 votes, defeating the incumbent Seripah Noli Syed Hussin who had won an 11,141 vote majority in the previous election.[5] Nik Nazmi was the youngest candidate to contest a seat in the 2008 election.[6]

He was the political secretary to the Menteri Besar of Selangor Abdul Khalid Ibrahim from March 2008 to June 2010.

Nik Nazmi was appointed as Communications Director of PKR in August 2010.

In the 2013 Malaysian general election Nik Nazmi defended his Seri Setia state seat. He defeated Abdul Halim Samad of Barisan Nasional with a majority of 4,663 votes.

He was then elected as Deputy Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly. During this time he inaugurated the Selangor Youth ADUN Program (Program ADUN Muda Selangor) that allowed students the experience of being legislators in the State Assembly.

Nik Nazmi is the first person to be charged under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 for failing to give police a 10 days' notice before holding the post-election Kelana Jaya Blackout 505 rally. If convicted under section 9(5) of the same Act, Nik Nazmi could be fined up to RM10,000, which could see the Seri Setia state assemblyman losing his seat.[7] The rally is to protest against the election results and demand a free and fair election.

In a landmark judgment in April 2014 following Nik Nazmi's challenge on the constitutionality of the Act, the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that it is unconstitutional to criminalise fundamental freedoms and acquitted Nik Nazmi.

In the PKR party elections in 2014, he was elected as the Leader of the Youth Wing.

Nazmi was appointed as the State Executive Councillor in charge of Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation in 2014.

On 9 May 2018, Nik Nazmi moved to Contest the Setiawangsa Parliamentary Constituency and subsequently won the seat with a 14,372 majority.

On December 13, 2018, Nik Nazmi was replaced by Muar MP and Youth Minister Syed Saddiq as New Pakatan Harapan Youth Chief.

In the 2018 PKR party elections, he was elected as a member of the Central Leadership Council and appointed as Chief Organising Secretary of the party.

Four years later, he was elected as a Vice President of the PKR.

The Mentari project

The Mentari project is the brainchild of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. It is supposed to promote an alternative learning activity for underprivileged children living in the low-cost housing area of Desa Mentari, Petaling Jaya. Desa Mentari was chosen as a benchmark location as the children there have to endure extreme social problems, financial constraints to basic security issues and even serious family problems.[8] The Mentari Project is active in fund raising programs.[9]

Election results

Selangor State Legislative Assembly[10][11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 N32 Seri Setia, P104 Kelana Jaya. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 13,838 55.77% Seripah Noli Syed Hussin (UMNO) 10,975 44.23% 25,163 2,863 71.73%
2013 N32 Seri Setia, P104 Kelana Jaya. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 18,692 57.13% Abdul Halim Samad (UMNO) 14,029 42.87% 33,311 4,663 84.23%
Parliament of Malaysia[11][13][14]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2018 P118 Setiawangsa, K.L. Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 34,471 56.65% Zulhasnan Rafique (UMNO) 20,099 33.03% 61,884 14,372 85.79%
Ubaid Abd Akla (PAS) 6,282 10.32%
2022 Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR) 34,434 46.06% Nurul Fadzilah Kamarulddin (BERSATU) 22,270 29.79% 74,764 12,614 78.08%
Izudin Ishak (UMNO) 16,333 21.85%
Bibi Sunita Sakandar Khan (PEJUANG) 953 1.27%
Mior Rosli Mior Mohd Jaafar (Independent) 492 0.66%
Stanley Lim Yen Tiong (Independent) 282 0.38%

References

  1. Abdullah, Maria Chin (4 December 2019). "Maria Chin Abdullah". facebook.com. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  2. Nik Ahmad, Nik Nazmi (9 December 2001). "the Serambi Mekah Debate". malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  3. "Profile". niknazmi.com. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  4. Nik Ahmad, Nik Nazmi (19 December 2019). "PKR 20 years on: a personal reflection". malaysiakini.com. Retrieved 6 September 2022.
  5. "Keputusan Rasmi Seri Setia" (in Malay). Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  6. "2008 polls – interesting facts". Malaysiakini. 10 March 2008. Retrieved 10 March 2008.
  7. Nik Nazmi charged over Kelana Jaya rally, risks disqualification as lawmaker
  8. Admin."Mentari Project: Assisting Selangor In Creating Sports Active Young Generation", Media SelangorKu, 6 January 2013. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.
  9. Jade Chan. "Learning In A Fun Environment", The Star (Malaysia), 15 April 2010. Retrieved on 26 February 2013.
  10. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 1 May 2010.
  11. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  12. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen 13" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 8 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013.
  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 (Malaysia). Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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