Khairy Jamaluddin Biography
Khairy Jamaluddin born 10 January 1976, in Kuwait City, Kuwait, is a Malaysian politician. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) political party .He served as the federal Minister for Youth and Sports from May 2013 to May 2018. He has been a Member of Parliament representing Rembau in Negeri Sembilan since 2008 and the president of UMNO’s youth wing since 2009.
Khairy is the only son of former diplomat Dato’ Jamaluddin Abu Bakar and Dato’ Datin Rahmah Abdul Hamid. His late father, Dato’ Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, was a senior official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, retiring as the Malaysian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Dato’ Jamaluddin died of throat cancer. Khairy’s mother, Dato’ Datin Rahmah Abdul Hamid, has been heavily involved in volunteer work throughout her life. Khairy’s grandfather, Penghulu Abu Bakar, was a community leader in Kota, Rembau.
Khairy Jamaluddin Education
He went to United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, and later to Oxford University and University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom. While at Oxford, he studied at St Hugh’s College, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE). In 1998, he completed his master’s degree in Legal and Political Theory at UCL.
After completely university, Khairy worked as a journalist for a period. He served as a presenter on the talkshow Dateline Malaysia. He also had a stint working for The Economist in 1999. Thereafter, Khairy became a Special Officer in the office of Abdullah Badawi, who was then the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia. He was Abdullah’s Deputy Principal Private Secretary from 2003–04.
Khairy Jamaluddin Age
Khairy was born on 10th January 1976 Kuwait City, Kuwait. He is 42 years old.
Khairy Jamaluddin Wife
Khairy married Abdullah’s daughter Nori Abdullah ,in October 2001. The couple have three sons, Jibreil Ali Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar born 2007 , Timor Abdullah Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar born 2008 and Raif Averroes Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar born 2015.
Khairy Jamaluddin Career
Under the prime ministership of his father-in-law (2003–2009), Khairy rose to prominence within UMNO and Malaysian politics generally. He became the deputy chief of UMNO’s youth wing and served as a close personal adviser to Abdullah. Khairy’s perceived influence on Abdullah made both men a target for criticism, including from Abdullah’s predecessor Mahathir Mohamad. On this allegation, Khairy replied that “I am a pretty easy scapegoat. [But] the decisions Dr. Mahathir is unhappy with are entirely made by the Prime Minister and the cabinet.”
He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has written for major publications including The Economist, Time and the Wall Street Journal.
He became closely involved in football during his pre-parliamentary career. He holds a number of high-profile positions in the Malaysian football scene, and is involved in a number of football-related associations. In 2006, Khairy teamed-up with radio DJ Jason Lo (with whom he attended high school in Singapore) to produce the football-based reality TV show MyTeam.
Khairy was chosen uncontested as the Vice-President of the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) on 9 September 2007, during the 44th FAM Congress, to serve from 2007 to 2010, replacing Tengku Mahkota Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.
Khairy was elected to the federal Parliament for the seat of Rembau in the state of Negeri Sembilan, in 2008. The following year he was elected as the President of UMNO Youth, defeating Khir Toyo and Mukhriz Mahathir. Khairy in his first term in parliament, involved himself in contentious policy debates. He expressed his view that Malaysia should repeal the Printing Presses and Publications Act, and abolish the annual Home Ministry licensing requirement, through the creation of an independent body which will enforce a self-regulatory mechanism of the system similar to the United Kingdom’s Press Complaints Commission. He also spoke against the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission’s blocking of the popular and often anti-government website Malaysia Today, citing that the move was a “blatant and crude employment of state power” and “is inconsistent with the widening roads of democratic highways.”
He also called for an end to the Mahathir-era policy of teaching science and maths in English. In September 2008, Khairy called for the reversal of the policy, citing that the policy had failed and only caused burden to students. He regularly debated non-government and opposition figures in public, including Ambiga Sreenevasan on the transparency of the Malaysian Election Commission, and senior Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) leader, and close Anwar Ibrahim ally, Rafizi Ramli on higher education loans.
Khairy joined the Rejimen Askar Wataniah in 2010 as a reservist after completing one month of training in Negeri Sembilan and Johor in May 2010. He then completed a five-week basic static parachuting course conducted by the army’s Special Warfare Centre with 78 others in February 2011. In January 2014, he was appointed as the Commander of the 508 Regiment located in Rasah, Negeri Sembilan. On October 26, 2016, Khairy was elevated from the rank of ‘Colonel’ to ‘Brigadier-General’ effective Jan 14, 2015. This makes him the first Cabinet minister to be awarded a military rank after going through various courses organised by the Territorial Army, and he continues to lead the Territorial Army Regiment 508. After retaining his parliamentary seat in the 2013 election, Prime Minister Najib Razak elevated Khairy to the Cabinet as Minister for Youth and Sports. Later in 2013 he was re-elected to the presidency of UMNO Youth.
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Dewan hots up as Khairy questions CEP’s role
Updated On: 24th July 2018
KUALA LUMPUR: Khairy Jamaluddin has called for the Council of Eminent Persons to be dissolved if it continues to overstep its authority.
The Rembau Member of Parliament said the Cabinet should look into the matter immediately if the council continues to act beyond its prescribed role as an advisory body.
“If they continue to do overstep their advisory role, I suggest that it should be dissolved. The Cabinet should be accountable for such decisions.
“When there is a situation where they can represent the government in bilateral talks this creates an issue of accountability,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Khairy was referring to Tun Daim Zainuddin’s visit to China to renegotiate Putrajaya’s loans and contracts as the second such instance of the council overstepping its bounds.
“Why does Daim have to supersede the Prime Minister or the Foreign Minister? The people need to know the content of the discussion Daim had with Chinese leaders,” he said.
“So where is the source of CEP’s powers to carry out these efforts? There is also a clash of interests,” he added.
The CEP, he noted, was formed to only advise the government. He said the council had overstepped its bounds by allegedly summoning Chief Justice Tun Md Raus Sharif and Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin.
He said that the former administration had advisers but they never overstepped their boundaries by “ordering members of the judiciary around.”
Asked on how the body could be disbanded as they report directly to the Prime Minister and sidestep the role of the Cabinet altogether, Khairy said that it is up to the prime minister.
“It is not a legal entity and it was set up before (the full) Cabinet (was formed), therefore it’s the PM’s decision. He can at any time dissolve it.
“As far as I’m concerned, it is an unofficial council to advise the PM .. but the problem is that it has gone beyond that,” he added.
Meanwhile, Ayer Hitam MP and MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong urged the government to stipulate the powers of the CEP.
“We want to know what are their powers and jurisdiction and whether can they make certain decisions on behalf of the government.
“We’ve seen (CEP) chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin being given a special mission to China.
“This is not just a social visit or visiting friends.
“Previously, Pakatan stated that they had opposed to the position of a special envoy to the Prime Minister.
“Is this the same practice?,” asked Wee.
Khairy had earlier in the Dewan Rakyat also questioned the role of the CEP.
During the Ministers Question Time, Khairy insinuated that the CEP appeared to be more powerful than its stated advisory role, as seen in its purported ability to order Chief Justice Tun Raus Sharif to resign from the top judicial position.
“The CEP has stirred up much concern. What is the source of CEP’s power as it not only gives advice (to the government) but also summoned the then-Chief Justice (Raus) and ordered him to step down.
“That was not an advice. That was an order,” he said as loud murmurs reverberated among other opposition MPs in Parliament.
Khairy then further questioned the extent of CEP’s influence by alluding to the recent China visit by its chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin, as well as its member Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Abdul Aziz’s appointment to chair both Permodalan Nasional Bhd and Sime Darby Property Bhd.
“When will this unelected CEP be abolished?,” Khairy asked Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
The minister then reminded Khairy that CEP’s establishment is the norm as previous BN administrations had also set up special advisory bodies.
“(The issue of) accountability and locus standi (of the CEP) does not arise as it is a body with no legal power. Its advice (to the government) is non-binding,” said Liew.
Khairy then asked Liew whether Daim’s visit to China was in a mere advisory capacity due to his purported negotiation with the people there.
Amid loud whispers among MPs, Liew countered that the visit was
“just a visit” as Daim was asked to do so by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“CEP was only established for a 100 days. After 100 days, it will be disbanded,” he said.
The whole exchange took place when Liew was answering the main question from Datuk Rozman Isli (BN-Labuan) on what advice had CEP given to the government for institutional reforms and which reforms had been implemented.
With regards to the main question, Liew said that the government is still looking into the advice given and that CEP would give further advice in the future.