Amirudin bin Shari is currently serving as the Menteri Besar of Selangor. Prior to the 2018 Malaysian general election, he is an executive councillor in the Selangor state government and the state Sports and Youth Generation Empowerment, Entrepreneurial Development, Traditional Villages and Rural Development Committee chairman. The 38-year-old Sungai Tua assemblyman is also a former manager of the Selangor Football Association and had led the state football team in the Malaysia Cup finals in 2015 and 2016. To top it off, Selangor became the champion of 2016 SUKMA under his leadership.
At the age of 24, he was part of the youth wing of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) before announcing his candidacy for the post of PKR Youth Chief at 34 years old. He eventually lost to Yang Berhormat Tuan Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, the current Member of Parliament for Setiawangsa, Kuala Lumpur.
Once Upon A Time Before Selangor
Hailing from Pontian, Johor, Amirudin is a Social Science graduate from Universiti Putra Malaysia who was actively involved in student activism during his campus days. He was also a known skilled debater with a passion for the performing art and cultural scene from 1999 to 2002. After leaving university, he became a programme coordinator at Institute for Policy Research (Institut Kajian Dasar), a non-governmental organisation dedicated to the cause of cultural revivalism and the construction of civil society.
Throughout this career there, Amirudin focused on drafting and supervising social awareness programmes such as Public Intellectual Forum, Tanwiri Islam Programme and also Sekolah Politik, a programme that enlightens politics for young people. He also participated in the Komuniti Seni Jalan Telawi (KsJT). It was during his early involvement in social activism and politics that Amirudin deepened his passion in democracy, cultural, and student movement.
Besides that, he acquired special training on electoral preparation organised by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung foundation held in Germany. The experience was vital to Amirudin as he has always been given tasks in logistics, communications, and mobilisation in his early involvement in PKR.
The Start Of His Political Career
In 2004, the 24-year-old Amirudin was already heavily involved in the youth wing of PKR and had been chosen as the Vice Chief of the division. Despite his lack of political knowledge, he then won his first attempt in the 2008 electoral campaign as a young candidate for Selangor State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Batu Caves (currently known as Sungai Tua), toppling T. Mohan (BN) and Azmi Hussain (PAS) with a majority vote of 3,369. He subsequently successfully retained his position after the 13th General Election with a win over his contenders, Rawisandran Narayanan (BN) and G. Suman (Bebas) with a majority vote of 3,261.
In 2014, Amirudin was appointed as a Member of the Selangor State Assembly before the cabinet reshuffle by the later Menteri Besar of Selangor and was appointed to be the Selangor State Executive Councillor for Youth Development, Sports, Cultural and Entrepreneurship Development. But even before that, the young politician was already involved with policies making and state programmes for youths and sports.
During the recent general election (GE14), Amirudin retained his chair with a majority vote of 11,374. He was one of the three members of DUN who continued their role as a Member of the Selangor State Assembly.
When Developing The Youth Is Equivalent To A Brighter Malaysia
Along with YB Dato’ Haji Yunus Hairi and Jenice Lee, the trio created the Penggerak Belia Tempatan (PeBT) in 2009, which has currently become the engineer of many youth programmes in Selangor today. Amirudin was also the Vice Chairman of Selangor Sports Council during Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim reign. As the appointed youth to represent the Generasi Muda, Amirudin launched several programmes and initiatives, including the Youth Marriage Incentives, which gives a handful of incentive towards Selangor’s newly-wed couples. Under the wing of Selangor Sports Council, PeBT was further updated with better programmes made for bigger scales.
However, Amirudin didn’t stop there. He had a vision on e-sports and laid his eyes upon building a new generation of youth in the interactive world. To that, he established the Selangor International Cybergames, which lay claims to be one of the best in the region.
He also launched the Selangor Plus Campaign in an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle for the youth. Since 2015, the project has continued to nurture some of the best talents in futsal, basketball, sepak, takraw, and netball. The Selangor State Government has also funded over 40 youths to further their studies in UPM.