KUALA LUMPUR: Azmin Ali, who is PKR deputy president, started his politics at the age of 23 following his appointment as special officer to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was then minister of education.
Azmin, who studied Economics and Mathematics at the Minnesota University in the United States of America, started his career as a government administrative and diplomatic officer.
He was appointed as Anwar’s private secretary in 1989 and continued when Anwar became the finance minister and deputy prime minister.
Considered as one of the founding members of PKR which was formed shortly after Anwar was convicted of sodomy in 1998, Azmin was barred from contesting in the 2004 General Election due to his conviction for lying in court during Anwar’s trial. He was later acquitted by the High Court and Court of Appeal.
In the 2008 General Election, Azmin went on to win the Gombak parliamentary seat and the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat in Selangor. In last year’s general election, he managed to clinch both seats again.
Earlier this year, Azmin courted controversy when he criticised former Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim over several state issues, including the Selangor 2014 Budget which he described as “punishing the people”.
It is said that through the Pakatan Backbenchers Club, Azmin mobilised the handover of a memorandum to Khalid, urging him to increase development allocation to RM800 million.
Azmin is married to Shamsidar Tahrin and they have six children — three sons and three daughters.