Jamil Khir Baharom

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Jamil Khir Baharom

جميل خير بن بهرام
Dato' Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, 2018.jpg
Ministerial roles
2009–2018 Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2013–2018 Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2009–2013 Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2021–Chairman of Ex-Serviceman Affairs Corporation
Personal details
Born
Jamil Khir bin Baharom

(1961-06-25) 25 June 1961 (age 60)
Yan, Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Fatmawati Saidin
Children6 (5 sons and 1 daughter)
Alma mater University of Malaya
Cordoba University
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionMilitary officer
Military service
Allegiance Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysia
Flag of the Supreme Head of Malaysia.svg Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Branch/serviceFlag of the Malaysian Army.svg Malaysian Army
Military Religious Corps
Years of service1986–2009
Rank Major General
CommandsDirector of the Religious Corps

Jamil Khir bin Baharom (Jawi: جميل خير بن بهرام) is a Malaysian politician and former military officer who has served as Chairman of Ex-Serviceman Affairs Corporation since February 2021. He served as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs from April 2009 to the collapse of the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration in May 2018 the Member of Parliament (MP) for Jerai from May 2013 to May 2018, Senator from April 2009 to May 2013. He was a major general in the Kor Agama Angkatan Tentera of the Malaysian Army.

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Biography

Jamil Khir obtained his Bachelor of Sharia from the University of Malaya in 1986 and Master in Islamic Studies from the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences, Cordoba University in Virginia in 2000. He began his military service in 1986, as lieutenant in the Military Religious Corps (KAGAT). He was promoted to colonel in 2002 and brigadier general in 2005. In 2005, he was appointed director of Kagat, the first ever two-star general to serve in that capacity. [1] [2]

He is a member of the Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) Religious Programme Advisory Committee and often appears on RTM1's religious talk show Forum Perdana Ehwal Islam. [1]

Political career

In April 2009, Jamil Khir was appointed a Senator in the Dewan Negara. He joined Prime Minister Najib Razak's inaugural Cabinet, serving as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of religious affairs and heading the Department of Islamic Advancement of Malaysia (JAKIM). [3]

Following the revelation by authorities in 2010 that terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI) had been actively expanding its activities in Malaysia, Jamil Khir became one of the leading figures in the Cabinet to deal with the situation. [4] He assured Malaysians that local Muslim missionary groups and religious schools were not influenced by JI and that his department was working with the Home Ministry to stifle the purported JI movement in Malaysia. [5] [6] Regarding terrorism and religion, he said: "There are individuals or groups trying to make their way into these institutions to influence students. They use religion to realise their goal and this is the reason why terrorism is linked to Islam." [6] He also said that Malaysian students in the Middle East were being monitored for suspicious activity. [7]

Following a controversy in March 2011 involving underaged girls being married to middle-aged men, Jamil Khir defended the country's Syariah marriage laws, which apply only to Muslims. Rights groups called for laws that allow marriage under the age of 16 if religious officials give their consent to be amended. However, Jamil Khir disagreed, arguing that the current laws are sufficient as authorities "does not simply grant the consent [to marry someone aged 16 and below]." [8]

In June 2010, the site of the Warrior's Day celebration was moved from the National Monument as the National Fatwa Council deemed celebrations around the statues as idolatry and contrary to Islamic practices. [9]

Jamil Khir is an outspoken opponent of homosexuality. In November 2011, he called homosexuality "unconstitutional"; though he later clarified he meant it is against the Penal Code. [10] In response to a gay Malaysian pastor getting married in New York, Jamil Khir said same-sex marriage is a form of "extreme human rights" and "will create social problems." [11] He also criticised LGBT-rights event Seksualiti Merdeka for promoting "a deviation from society's norms." [12]

In the 2013 election, Jamil Khir moved to the House of Representatives, winning the seat of Jerai in Kedah. He defeated the incumbent Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), Mohd Firdaus Jaafar. [13]

In the 2018 election, Jamil Khir failed to retain the Jerai parliamentary seat when he lost to Sabri Azit from PAS, in a closely three-corner fight with Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi from People's Justice Party (PKR) of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Controversies

Fake Allegation Of Zakat Fund Misuse

On June 21, 2011, People's Justice Party (PKR)'s Secretary-General, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail questioned the Federal Government Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) misuse of RM32 thousand zakat. The RM31,150.00 check was submitted to Che Mat, Zainul Riijal Talha & Amir, who was self-signed by Che Mat, who is also Secretary MAIWP on April 21, 2010.While they are not the eighth asnaf. Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Dr Mashitah Ibrahim revealed that MAIWP's zakat allocation was used to finance the legal fees of Dato' Seri Jamil Khir Baharom and JAWI Director-General Datuk Che Mat Ali. They both faced court action for not initiating prosecution against Saiful Bukhari in the case of Qazaf involving case of Defamation II Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The question arises as "Datuk Che Mat Ali approves Datuk Che Mat Ali."

In September 2011, Jamil Khir denied an allegation by Malaysia Today that he used zakat funds collected by religious authorities to finance a house for his family. Malaysia Today had published a photo of his home, alleging that it was worth millions of ringgit. Jamil Khir said his house was renovated with his own money. [14] [15]

Real story, a civil servant sued for his professional duties can be assisted by the government or his employer. This condition applies to all civil servants, except to take any wrongdoing or personal negligence. In this case, he and several officers have been sued. Government as an employer, has allocated some money to defend his staff. The allocation was channeled through MAIWP. Thus, the amount used for legal financing is not from zakat money, but government allocation. Please see Jamil Khir's explanation in Agenda Daily.

Allegation of YaPEIM Fund Abuse

On 11 November 2015, National Oversight and Whistleblowers (NOW) has claimed that Jamil Khir had used Malaysian Islamic Economy Development Foundation (YaPEIM) funds to go shopping and play golf in the United States. [16] Jamil Khir denied the allegation, stressing that it was not a recreational trip and has demanded for written apology from NOW's director, Akmal Nasir. [17]

Akmal Nasir appealed to be referred the law was decided by the Court of Appeal in the case of Defamation suit of Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob against Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd. (UMMB). Then the court strikes out Jamil Khir's lawsuit against Akmal Nasir.

The High Court has struck out a suit by Yayasan Pembangunan Anak Yatim/Miskin (Foundation for the Advancement of Orphans and the Poor, or Pemangkin) against YaPEIM and six others over misconduct and efforts to shut down the foundation.

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia : P.012 Jerai, Kedah [13] [18] [19]
YearVotesPctOpponent(s)VotesPctBallots castMajorityTurnout
2013 Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)32,42950.94% Mohd Firdaus Jaafar (PAS)31,23349.06%64,7781,19687.06%
2018 Jamil Khir Baharom (UMNO)21,77333.12%Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi (PKR)21,65132.94%66,92053983.68%
Sabri Azit (PAS)22,31233.94%

Honours

Honours of Malaysia

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