PETALING JAYA, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- The new Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, 47, a second term Pangkor assemblyman is a prominent political figure in Perak and has contributed to the development of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in the state.
Starting off his career in politics as Pangkor Umno Youth chief in 1992 and later as head of the Perak Umno Youth, Zambry has been responsible in developing the state's ICT development during his tenure as Perak State Executive Council (Exco) member tasked with multimedia.
Zambry, after winning his first state seat in Pangkor in the March 2004 General Election, served as Chairman of Education, Human Resources and Multimedia Committee from 2004 until Sept 26, 2006. During a minor resuffle, he became Chairman of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Innovation Committee and wielded with more authority to further develop ICT in Perak.
Born in Pulau Pangkor on March 22, 1962, the Lumut Umno division chief graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) in 1987 and four years later a Master’s degree in Islamic thinking from the same university.
The former Umno Youth executive council member also obtained a Master’s degree in political philosophy and religious comparison in 1992 and three years later a doctorate with distinction in comtemporary politics from Temple University, United States.
An active writer, Zambry has won several awards in writing competitions during his student days. Among them were the National Day Essay Writing Award in 1982 and National Award for Religious Writing in 1986. He also has also written several books including “Umno dan Jiwa Merdeka” (1998), “Pemuda Umno Menebus Maruah, Menuju Arah” (2000) and “Islam Malaysia & Amerika” (2002).
He has also edited several publications including “Pendidikan dan Pembangunan” by Nurin Enterprise in 1989, “Business Administration in Islam” by Hizbi in 1991 and “Imbas Gemilang KBS 98” for the Youth and Sports Ministry. In 2005, the father of five — three girls and two boys — was conferred the Royal Malaysian Navy’s Honorary Lt Commander award by Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Jamalullail who was then the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and became the first Malaysian politican to be given such an award.
Zambry Promises To Return Calm And Harmony To Perak
IPOH, Feb 5 (Bernama) -- Perak Menteri Besar designate Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has promised to return calm and harmony to the state.
Zambry, who thanked the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, for consenting the appointment and having the confidence in him to hold the post, regarded the new responsibility as a trust to be shouldered with good leadership.
"I will uphold the trust to the best of my ability. I also thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who is also the Perak Umno liaison chief, and my colleagues in Barisan Nasional (BN) for their support," he told reporters here on Thursday night.
Zambry, who is the Pangkor assemblyman, hoped his appointment as Menteri Besar would not become an issue or create a difficult situation in Perak.
Earlier in Kuala Lumpur, the prime minister announced that the Sultan of Perak had consented the appointment of Zambry as Perak's next Menteri Besar.
Abdullah also said that Zambry would be sworn in as the 11th Menteri Besar at Istana Iskandariah in Kuala Kangsar at 3.30pm on Friday.
Zambry's appointment was made after Sultan Azlan Shah ordered that Menteri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and his state executive councillors to resign from their posts with immediate effect after the Sultan met with all the 28 BN state assemblymen and three Independent assemblymen who had declared their support for BN.
The Sultan was convinced that Mohammad Nizar had ceased to receive the support of the majority of the Perak state assemblymen.
tunku : zambry not only have to return calm and harmony in perak but to bring more business in perak. the majority perak people wants progress in their state.that is the most important thing to them. i believe that zambry with the help of perak state BN chairman who is always PM in waiting and Finance Minister could do so. Once you have sworn in , start working 24/7 for perak. be fair to all.good luck to zambry.