Noraini Ahmad

Noraini binti Ahmad (Jawi: نورعيني بنت أحمد; born 7 November 1967) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Parit Sulong since March 2008. She served as the Minister of Higher Education for the second term under the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob from August 2021 to the collapse of BN administration in November 2022, the first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to her resignation in August 2021, the Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the BN administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak and former Minister Subramaniam Sathasivam from March 2008 to April 2009 and Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration from April 2019 to her ministerial appointment in March 2020.[1] She is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. She has also served as the Women Chief of UMNO since June 2018 and Women Youth Chief of UMNO from March 2008 to April 2009.

Noraini Ahmad
DGSM DSAP DMSM MP
نورعيني أحمد
Minister of Higher Education
In office
30 August 2021  24 November 2022
MonarchAbdullah
Prime MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
DeputyAhmad Masrizal Muhammad
Preceded byHerself
Succeeded byMohamed Khaled Nordin
ConstituencyParit Sulong
In office
10 March 2020  6 August 2021
MonarchAbdullah
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyMansor Othman
Preceded byMahathir Mohamad
(Minister of Education (Acting))
Succeeded byHerself
ConstituencyParit Sulong
Deputy Minister of Human Resources
In office
19 March 2008  9 April 2009
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
(2008-2009)
Najib Razak
(2009)
MinisterSubramaniam Sathasivam
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Bakar
Succeeded byMaznah Mazlan
ConstituencyParit Sulong
Chairperson of the
Public Accounts Committee
In office
11 April 2019  10 March 2020
Nominated byMahathir Mohamad
Appointed byMohamad Ariff Md Yusof
DeputyWong Kah Woh
Preceded byRonald Kiandee
Succeeded byWong Kah Woh
ConstituencyParit Sulong
Women Chief of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
25 June 2018
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Mohamad Hasan (Acting) (2018-2019)
DeputyNorliza Rahim
Preceded byShahrizat Abdul Jalil
2nd Women Youth Chief of the
United Malays National Organisation
In office
2004–2009
PresidentAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyRosnah Shirlin
Preceded byAzalina Othman Said
Succeeded byRosnah Shirlin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Parit Sulong
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded bySyed Hood Syed Edros
(BNUMNO)
Majority13,599 (2008)
11,753 (2013)
6,341 (2018)
2,021 (2022)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2014–2018Chairperson of Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade)
2017–2019Chairperson of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian (CWP)
2017–2019Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentarian Association (CPA)
2018–Honorary Secretary of the Commonwealth Parliamentarian Association (CPA) of Malaysia
Personal details
Born
Noraini binti Ahmad

(1967-11-07) 7 November 1967
Kampung Bintang, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Children2
Alma materUniversity of Saskatchewan (BComm)
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (MBA)
Universiti Utara Malaysia (PhD)
Asia e University (DBA)
OccupationPolitician
Noraini Ahmad on Facebook
Noraini Ahmad on Parliament of Malaysia

She has held other positions such as the Chairperson of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) from 2013 to 2018 and led several federal agencies, including the Malaysian Network Information Centre and Astronautic Technology.

Early life and education

She is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada where she obtained her Bachelor of Commerce (double major in quantitative analysis and finance) in 1991, followed by a master's degree in business administration (MBA) from Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNIRAZAK) in 2005. She subsequently obtained her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Development Management from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) in 2016. She then enrolled into the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program at Asia e-University (AeU). The title of her DBA dissertation is “The Phenomenological Study of Women Entrepreneurs and their Impact on Socio-Economic Growth in Malaysia”. She will be one of the first Malaysians to complete the DBA in AeU via the APEL Q system. She completed her viva on 11 November 2021 and received positive feedback on her dissertation from examiners who requested no further amendments/corrections upon submission. She completed her second PhD in April 2022.

Political career

Noraini was first elected to federal Parliament in the 2008 general election, replacing incumbent Syed Hood Syed Edros. Immediately after the election, she was named Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and served under the post until Abdullah's successor Najib Razak named his first cabinet in April 2009.[2]

In the 2013 general election, Noraini won re-election to Parliament and was then appointed by the government as the chairperson of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade).[3] In the 2018 general election, she was re-elected once again albeit with a decreased majority.

Noraini was also the chairman of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from 2016 to 2019.[4] The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is a network of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association that campaigns for gender equality and equal representation in Parliaments. On the international fora she became the first Malaysian to be elected as chairman of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from 2016 to 2019. She was elected through voting at the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Conference in London, United Kingdom. She garnered 53 votes beating Joyce Watson of Wales who received 15 votes, Poto Williams of New Zealand (10 votes) and Linda Reid from Canada who received 9 votes. .[5][6][7]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P147 Parit Sulong, Johor[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Noraini Ahmad (UMNO) 26,066 67.65% Faizal Ali (PAS) 12,167 32.35% 39,637 13,599 78.90%
2013 Noraini Ahmad (UMNO) 30,258 62.05% Khairuddin Abdul Rahim (PAS) 18,505 37.95% 49,855 11,753 87.62%
2018 Noraini Ahmad (UMNO) 24,481 49.19% Anis Afida Mohd Azli (AMANAH) 18,140 36.45% 50,778 6,341 85.19%
Ahmad Rosdi Bahari (PAS) 7,148 14.36%
2022 Noraini Ahmad (UMNO) 25,740 40.89% Mohd Faizal Dolah 13,495 21.44% 62,954 2,021 79.20%
Abdul Karim Deraman (PAS) 23,719 37.68%

Honours

Honours of Malaysia

  •  Malacca :
    • Companion Class I of the Order of Malacca (DMSM) – Datuk (2005)[15][16]
    • Grand Commander of the Order of Malacca (DGSM) – Datuk Seri (2020)[17][18]
  •  Pahang :
    • Knight Companion of the Order of Sultan Ahmad Shah of Pahang (DSAP) – Dato' (2005)[15][19]

Honorary degrees

  •  Indonesia :
    • Honorary Ph.D. degree in Management and Leadership from Indonesian Muslim University (2022)[20]

Others

  • 21st Century Partnership Program from Japanese Government - (2005)
  • New Zealand's Prime Minister ASEAN Fellowship - (2005)
  • Chosen as 1990s' 10 People 10 Decades University of Saskathewan - (2017)

Publications and appearances

  • A Change in Narrative to Break the Bias – BERNAMA & The Malaysia Reserve, 2022
  • Let's Call Out Gender Bias Daily - New Straits Times, 2022
  • Pushing Education for Sustainable Development to Greater Heights - New Straits Times, 2022
  • Sustainable Higher Education in Malaysia – BERNAMA, 2022
  • Appreciating Our Language, Our Cultural Heritage - The Malaysia Reserve, 2021
  • Honouring Higher Education Educators - The Star, 2021
  • 'Where Ideas Become Reality - New Straits Times, 2021
  • Students Rise by Lifting Others - Free Malaysia Today, 2021
  • Varsities Develop Future Leaders - New Straits Times, 2021
  • Celebrating the Success of Women in Higher Education - The Star, 2021
  • Simplifying Accommodation Search - New Straits Times, 2021
  • PENJANA KPT-CAP to Boost Graduate Employability - New Straits Times, 2020
  • Speech at the opening of the CWP Conference - The Parliamentarian, 2019
  • The Commonwealth: Adding political value to global affairs in the 21st century - The Parliamentarian, 2019
  • Women's Suffrage: A prerequisite to the gender equality agenda - The Parliamentarian, 2019
  • Cyber Harassment Against Woman on Social Media - The Parliamentarian, 2019
  • Economic Rights for Women - The Parliamentarian, 2018
  • View from the CWP Chairperson - Women and democracy in Malaysia - The Parliamentarian, 2018
  • If we want genuine positive change in the world, we need more women leaders. How can we persuade the word that the future is dependent on gender equality? - The Parliamentarian, 2017
  • Women and Disabilities - The Parliamentarian, 2017
  • Networking between Parliaments and creating alliances - The Parliamentarian, 2017
  • Job creation and growth: solutions to inequality - The Parliamentarian, 2017
  • Parliamentary Conference on the WTO - The Parliamentarian, 2017

See also

References

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  17. "Ismail Sabri heads list of recipients of Melaka State Awards". Bernama. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
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