KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, who was one of the key players in the country’s recent political realignments, has returned to the cabinet as a senior minister -- Minister of International Trade and Industry.

Mohamed Azmin, who is Member of Parliament for Gombak and assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa (since 2008), was Minister of Economic Affairs under the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government which was ousted two weeks ago.

He was former deputy president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) in the then PH coalition at the federal level before leading a group of 11 PKR MPs to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) helmed by newly-appointed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

On Feb 23, Mohamed Azmin and his group of MPs broke ranks to join forces with Bersatu and opposition parties Umno and PAS to overthrow the PH government.

Mohamed  Azmin, 55, became Menteri Besar of Selangor on Sept 23, 2014 following the resignation of the PKR incumbent Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.

As Selangor Menteri Besar, he was noted for introducing various schemes for the well-being of the B40 group, including Peduli Rakyat, Peduli Sihat and Kasih Ibu Smart Selangor, as well as launching a 10-year strategic programme in 2015 to transform Selangor into a smart state.

Mohamed Azmin joined the civil service in 1987 as special officer to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the then minister of education. He later served as private secretary to Anwar when the latter assumed the office of Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister.

Born in Singapore, Mohamed Azmin grew up in Kuala Lumpur and began his education at Sekolah Rendah Jalan Gurney before joining Setapak High School and later the Jalan Cheras Technical Institute.

He furthered his studies at the University of Minnesota where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics and a master’s degree in Education and Economics.



TAGS: Mohamed Azmin Ali, Pakatan Harapan, PKR, Menteri Besar of Selangor, Smart State