Azmin Ali Biography
Azmin Ali full name Mohamed Azmin Ali (Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin bin Ali) is a Malayasian politician born on 25th August 1964 in Singapore (then a state of Malaysia).He is a Member of Parliament for Gombak and the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor.
In 2015 Azmin Ali received the Order of the Crown of Selangor in Knight Grand Commander class (S.P.M.S), which carries the title ‘Dato’ Seri’ in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.
Azmin Ali Education Background
Azmin Ali attended Gurney Road Primary School, Setapak High School and ended it Jalan Cheras Technical Institute. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Minnesota. He also has a Masters Degree in Education from the same institute.
Azmin Ali Career
In 1987 Azmin became the the personal secretary of Anwar Ibrahim, following advice from the then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed. At this point Anwar was a Minister in Mahathir’s Barisan Nasional government. He continued to serve Anwar even after his appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister in 1993. He served him until Anwar was sacked in 1998.
After Anwars dismissal they remained close and they founded the opposition Parti Keadilan Nasional (eADILan), which later became the People’s Justice Party or Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR)
During the 1999 general elections Azmin was elected Selangor State Assemblyman for Hulu Kelang (Anwar had been imprisoned). During the 2004 general elctions he was bartred from participating as as he was convicted for lying in court during the trial against Anwar
During the 2008 general elections he was elected as the member of parliament for Gombak and Bukit Antarabangsa state seat in Selangor (he had already been acquitted by the High Court and The Court of Appeal)
In the 2013 general elections he was re elected for the both seats.In 2010 he had won an internal PKR election for the party’s deputy presidency.
On 23rd September 2014 Azmin Ali became the Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Selangor following the resignation of the PKR incumbent Khalid Ibrahim.
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. On 22 September, the Sultan announced the appointment of Azmin. He was sworn into office the following morning.
During the 2018 general elections he was re elected as the Mentri Besar of Selangor and he also won the Bukit Antarabangsa state parliamentary seat.
On 18th May 2018 Azmin Ali was named as one of the ministers in the Mahathir Mohamad’s cabinet. On 21st May 2018 he was sworn in as the Minister of Economic Affairs.
Azmin Ali Wife
In 1988 Azmin Ali married Shamshida Taharin, a finance graduate also from the University of Minnesota. They have six children; three daughters and three sons. Farah Shazliyana Mohamed Azmin, Farah Afifah Azmin, Farah Amira Azmin
Azmin Ali Family
Azmin Ali is the fourth born in a family of six. His father, Haji Ali Omar, was part of the British army before serving in the Malaysian army, and four years after Azmin was born, he moved his family to Hulu Kelang, Gombak.
His siblings are Azwan Ali, Ummi Hafilda, Norlia Ali, Intan Dawini Ali, Arpah Ali
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Azmin Ali Sister
Azmin’s sister, Ummi Hafilda Ali, sent a letter to Dr Mahathir, before Anwar’s sacking and arrest, detailing the various allegations against Anwar. She said she discussed the matter with her siblings who allegedly helped her spy on Azmin’s wife before confronting Azmin.
In the confrontation, Ummi Hafilda claims that Azmin threatened to lodge a police report against her and their siblings if they did not change the letter. However, Azmin responded by revealing in court that Ummi confessed to him that the letter was written by the then Minister of Domestic Trade, Datuk Seri Megat Junid Megat Ayob, for which, Ummi was promised money and projects. Meanwhile, ANOTHER witness claimed that Ummi told him she sent the letter because she hated Anwar and her brother for not giving her any business projects and that once Anwar was toppled, she would receive a RM10 million advertising project at KLIA.
Ummi Hafilda consequently was stripped off her inheritance for the alleged involvement in the conspiracy against Anwar. She claimed that Azmin bribed their father to diswown her and still stands by the letter she wrote.
Azmin Ali Brother
In December 2017 his brother and former TV host celebrity Azwan Ali pledged to help UMNO topple Azmin from his Selangor MB position in the 2018 general election.
Azwan claimed he had a five year grudge against Azmin Ali and it was the reason he wanted to expose his brothr. He claimed that he had been blacklisted by TV stations and had lost many jobs because of his public support for Azmin Ali in the 2013 general election.
“What kind of brother are you, even though you won, I sold my dignity as an artist. RTM blacklisted me because I stood behind Azmin Ali before this.” – Azwan Ali, as quoted by FMT.
Azmin Ali on his side he said he would pray for Azwan, a and that despite everything, he still loves hisbrother and hopes that Azwan will still care for him and their other siblings.
Azmin Ali NEWS
Azmin Ali withdraws suit compelling IGP to arrest Jho Low
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali has withdrawn his appeal at the Court of Appeal over his suit to compel the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) to extradite businessman Low Taek Jho to Malaysia in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.
Azmin’s lawyer Latheefa Koya said her client withdrew his appeal against the IGP on Tuesday (May 22).
“My client decided to withdraw the appeal due to the fact the new government has clearly shown commitment to investigate into the 1MDB scandal including the apprehension of Jho Low,” Latheefa told media on Wednesday (May 23).
She said Azmin sought for a mandamus order to compel the IGP to take all necessary steps to arrest and bring back Low to face criminal charges in Malaysia.
Azmin who is also the Selangor Mentri Besar, filed an appeal at the Court of Appeal after a High Court dismissed his judicial review application on Oct 3 last year on grounds that there was no arguable
In the judicial review application filed on Aug 14 last year, Azmin had named the IGP as the respondent.
Azmin had sought a mandamus order to compel the IGP to detain and produce Low before a magistrate’s court in Malaysia for criminal charges under Section 409 and 420 or for any other offences.
He said Low had committed offences including criminal breach of trust and cheating which caused 1MDB to suffer losses.
Source: The Star Online (23rd May 2018)