By Ahmad, Nik Nazmi Nik
Malaysian Son is the story of Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Setiawangsa. Growing up privileged under the authoritarian regime of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the imprisonment of Anwar Ibrahim led him to join the Reformasi movement. As a member of t...he multiracial People's Justice Party (KEADILAN), he later became the youngest elected state representative in the 2008 General Elections. In 2018, as Youth Leader of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, he participated in the 2018 campaign against Prime Minister Najib Razak, spending time in jail and the courts. PH achieved a historic victory but, in spite of warnings from Nik who was a backbench MP, failed to achieve a cohesive and stable government. It eventually collapsed in 2020, leading to years of political instability that has yet to abate. Malaysian Son is a must read for all who want to understand the country's tumultuous recent history.Read more
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Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is the Member of Parliament for Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur. Representing Malaysia's most successful multiracial party, the People's Justice Party (KEADILAN), he was elected as a state legislator in the neighbouring Selangor at 26, the youngest candidate to win in the 2008 elections. Born in 1982, Nazmi grew up in the suburb of Petaling Jaya. He attended the prestigious Malay College Kuala Kangsar before receiving a scholarship to read law in King's College London, where he became active in student organisations during the Reformasi and anti-Iraq War movements. He returned in 2005 to serve his scholarship sponsors but resigned less than a year later to work for Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim. As a state legislator, Nik Nazmi was appointed to various positions in the Selangor Government and KEADILAN. He was re-elected to the State Assembly in 2013 and was appointed to Selangor's EXCO (i.e., the state cabinet), overseeing the education, human capital and science portfolios. In 2014, he was elected as the Leader of KEADILAN's Youth Wing and later became the opposition coalition PH's Youth Leader. In the 2018 election, Nik Nazmi contested in Setiawangsa, a stronghold of the dominant UMNO party. That election not only saw Nazmi's victory but UMNO's first-ever defeat at the federal level. Nik Nazmi has authored multiple books. He has also founded the Mentari Project, an urban educational access program as well as a community football club, Setiawangsa Rangers FC. He lives in Petaling Jaya with his wife, Farah and their children.
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