All You Need To Know About Dr. Idris Ahmad, The Sole Candidate For Selangor MB Post

He has the support of all Pakatan Harapan party heads in Selangor.

Cover image via Parti Keadilan Rakyat/YouTube

Ijok assemblyman Dr. Idris Ahmad has been proposed to replace Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali as the Selangor Menteri Besar (MB) following Azmin's recent appointment as the Minister of Economic Affairs

Ijok assemblyman Dr. Idris Ahmad

Image via Suara Pakatan Daily

The Malaysian Insight reported that a proposal regarding the Selangor MB replacement was sent to Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on Monday.

The proposal was also supported by letters from Selangor's Pakatan Harapan party heads: Izham Hashim (Parti Amanah Negara), Abdul Rashid Asari (Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia), and Tony Pua (Democratic Action Party). 

Here's what you need to know about the doctor, who has been in practice for 46 years:

1. He studied medicine in Monash University, Australia

Dr. Idris specialises in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and works at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur three days a week.

He has been in practice since 1972.

2. He has been with Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) since 1998

Image via Selangor Kini

Malaysiakini reported that Dr Idris was active in the 1998 Reformasi movement.

He has been heading PKR's Segambut branch since 2002.

3. After 15 years with PKR, Dr. Idris finally contested in Ijok for the 13th General Election because of his family

Image via Selangor Kini

"Although I'm from Kuala Lumpur, but my dad is from Ijok, and my relatives too," he was quoted as saying by Selangor Kini in 2013.

He eventually became Ijok's assemblyman in the 13th General Election with a slim majority of 739 votes, according to The Malaysian Insight.

Dr. Idris also defended his seat by 2,114 votes on 9 May. He was contesting against candidates from Barisan Nasional (BN), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM), and the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).

4. He was pretty good at badminton and football

"In my schooling days, I had won championships for badminton and football while representing my school and Monash University," he was quoted as saying by Selangor Kini.

Dr. Idris is an alumni of St. John's Institution, Kuala Lumpur and Monash University, Australia.

5. In the 2014 Selangor MB crisis, DAP and PAS preferred Azmin Ali over Dr. Idris for the post

Astro Awani reported a source from within the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition as saying that Dr. Idris was seen as a tool to certain PKR leaders.

"Leaders in DAP and PAS preferred Azmin," the source said, in reference to the candidates that were considered to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim in 2014.

"Azmin is more credible compared to Wan Azizah and Dr. Idris," the source added.

Previously, Wan Azizah and Dr. Idris were seen as possible candidates to replace Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the former Selangor MB who was sacked from PKR in 2014.

What do you think about Dr. Idris as the sole candidate for the Selangor MB post? Let us know in the comments below.

If the sultan consents to Pakatan Harapan's choice for the Selangor MB post, he will be sworn in on 19 June:

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