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Abdul Khalid bin Ibrahim

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The current Chief Minister (Menteri Besar) of Selangor. His appointment as the state premier was made possible after he won the Ijok state assembly seat at the Malaysian General Election in March 2008 in which he had also won the Bandar Tun Razak Parliamentary seat.

Y.A.B. Tan Sri

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Jeram, Selangor

Jeram, Selangor

Parti Keadilan Rakyat 2008-Present

Bachelor’s Degree in Economics- University of Malaya

MBA from the University of Queensland

His career started humbly as a teacher, then lecturer before moving on to the corporate world.


He had held the position of CEO between 1979 and 1994 in Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) – a government-controlled fund management firm – where he played a central role to the success of Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad a unit trust established to acquire equity stakes in major corporations listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

He is also well-known for the legendary “dawn raid” of the London Stock Exchange in 1981 which saw PNB gaining a 51% share in British plantation firm Guthrie. He was subsequently made the CEO of Guthrie Malaysia – a position he held between 1995 and 2003. He was also the chairman of Highlands and Lowlands and Guthrie

After taking over the helm of Selangor – which is one of the richest states in Malaysia, Abdul Khalid had initiated the “Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor” agenda, a people-centric socio economic programme aimed to provide economic opportunity and security for all irrespective of class, race and religion through transparent, prudent and thrifty policies.

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid also crafted the “Selangor Economic Stimulus Package” to buffer the side effects of the global economic crisis. The stimulus package includes the unprecedented project of the rehabilitation of Sungai Kelang which offers many economic opportunities. The project has various components including river cleaning, new source of drinking water, flood mitigation, tourism and land development activities. His idea has spurred other states in Malaysia to embark on river rehabilitation and development projects.

As the head of the state administration, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid also heads all the state-owned companies. He has since introduced the integrity pact – monitored by independent Transparency International - to be adopted by state-owned companies including Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd, sand-mining management Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd and Perbandanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor better known as PKNS.


He shares a warm relation with the state monarchy headed by DYMM Sultan Shariffudin, the Sultan of Selangor. He was conferred the Seri Paduka Mahkota – the highest award by the Selangor Sultanate – in December 2009.

Tan Sri Abdul Khalid’s position as a Menteri Besar has not hindered him from being actively involved in the corporate circle and still maintains various positions in several business and finance organizations. Among his notable positions are: Executive Board Member of Investment Fund Unit, Member of Financial Engineering Advisory Forum of Islamic Development Bank, Jeddah; Alternate Member of Business Advisory Council of APEC (ABEC), Board Members of the National Productivity Centre and Malaysian Institute of Economic Research Council.

He later left the corporate scene and entered politics, joining the opposition party PKR. He was the opposition candidate in the 2007 Ijok by-election for the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, contesting against K. Parthiban of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC), a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).[2] In the Malaysian General Election 2008, he contested for the Parliamentary and State Assembly seat for P124 Bandar Tun Razak and N11 Ijok where he won both seats. He was appointed as the new Menteri Besar (State Premier) of Selangor and was officially sworn in on March 13, 2008 at Istana Bukit Kayangan.[3] He is also the first person not part of the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition to be appointed as Menteri Besar of Selangor. All previous thirteen Menteri Besar were from United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a major component party of BN.


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