Shaziman Abu Mansor

Shaziman bin Abu Mansor (Jawi: شزيمن بن ابو منصور; born 20 January 1964) is a Malaysian politician, a prominent member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He is also the former Works Minister of Malaysia.[1]

Shaziman Abu Mansor
شزيمن بن ابو منصور
Malaysian Minister of Works
In office
10 April 2009  15 May 2013
Preceded byMohd Zin Mohamed
Succeeded byFadillah Yusof
Malaysian Minister of Energy, Water and Communications
In office
18 March 2008  9 April 2009
Preceded byLim Keng Yaik
Succeeded byPeter Chin Fah Kui
(Energy and Water)
Rais Yatim (Communications)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tampin
In office
Preceded byMohd Noh Rajab (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byHasan Baharom (AMANAH-PH)
Personal details
Shaziman bin Abu Mansor

(1964-01-20) 20 January 1964
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Political partyUMNO
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Alma materTrine University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Early life

Born as a son of a Malayan Railway worker in Ipoh, Perak, Shaziman was raised in Tampin, Negeri Sembilan, receiving primary education at Tunku Besar Tampin Primary School. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Tri-State University (now Trine University), Angola, Indiana, USA and a Diploma in Civil Engineering from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

Political career

Shaziman entered Malaysian politics in 1991, at the age of 27 years, as a member of the Tampin Bandar branch of UMNO in Tampin. Shaziman rose within the ranks of UMNO until he was picked as the head of UMNO Youth in 1997, followed by his appointment as the head of Tampin UMNO in 2001.

Shaziman was chosen as a candidate for the 1999 general election, contesting for the Tampin parliamentary seat against Hamdan Hashim of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and winning by a majority of 9,979 votes. Shaziman successfully retained his seat in the next three general elections, defeating Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim of PAS in 2004, 2008 and 2013. In 2004, Shaziman won by a clear majority of 18,084 votes (against 5,852 votes for Abdul Razakek); 2008 saw a lower share of votes in favour of Shaziman, with 13,079 votes (against 10,943 votes for Abdul Razakek) and 11,162 majority in 2013. In the 2018 election, Shaziman lost to Hasan Baharom of Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH), in a three-corner fight with PAS's Abdul Razakek for the Tampin parliamentary seat.

After the 2004 general election, Shaziman was included into the Cabinet of Malaysia as the Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, under the leadership of Energy, Water and Communications Minister Lim Keng Yaik. Following Lim's announcement of his retirement as the President of Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia (GERAKAN) in 2007, Shaziman was promoted as the new Minister of Energy, Water and Communications on 18 March 2008.

Views on the Malaysian blogsphere

Since assuming the role of Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications in 2004, Shaziman has expressed views against anonymous bloggers whom he accuses of "[spreading] negative or malicious content on the Internet" which "could harm the country's security".[2] In a weekly Parliament meeting on 23 August 2006, Shaziman branded anonymous bloggers "penembak curi", a Malay term for "snipers", and challenged said bloggers to step forth and debate issues they are dissatisfied with:[3]

In a later Parliament meeting held on 4 April 2007, Shaziman expressed the idea of compulsory registration for bloggers whose blogs are hosted on local servers, one of several measures the Government was considering to curb publication of malicious materials on the Internet, adding the ministry does not have any problem with bloggers who identified themselves but reiterating his view of welcoming blogging activities.[2][6] Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak sided Shaziman, stating bloggers have made the "business of government more challenging" and in certain cases, caused unnecessary distraction.[7]

Shaziman's suggestion on 4 April drew flak from a member of the Opposition, as well as two prominent bloggers, Jeff Ooi and Ahiruddin Attan, both of whom have been sued by the New Straits Times Press in January 2007. Democratic Action Party (DAP) leader Lim Kit Siang, who interjected when Shaziman was speaking in Parliament, claimed the government ministries' negative view of bloggers "reflected their lack of understanding about information flow" when foreign politicians already have their own blogs.[2] Blogger and activist Marina Mahathir stated the move will only ridicule the government in the international community and told the Government to "get real",[2] while Ahiruddin has stated the proposed measure undermines the country's no-censorship policy with regards to the Internet, and creates fear among bloggers, who will in turn decide to host their blogs overseas.[2] Jeff Ooi questioned the need for blogger registration when a Communications and Multimedia Content Forum dealing with complaints by any party was already put in place by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) since the introduction of the Communications and Multimedia Act in 1998,[2] and claims the proposal goes against global trends and will stifle development of local web content.[7]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: Tampin, Negeri Sembilan[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Shaziman Abu Mansor (UMNO) 21,944 64.71% Hamdan Hashim (PAS) 11,965 35.29% 35,246 9,979 74.00%
2004 Shaziman Abu Mansor (UMNO) 23,936 80.35% Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim (PAS) 5,852 19.65% 30,778 18,084 74.04%
2008 Shaziman Abu Mansor (UMNO) 24,022 68.70% Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim (PAS) 10,943 31.30% 36,331 13,079 76.24%
2013 Shaziman Abu Mansor (UMNO) 29,390 61.72% Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim (PAS) 18,228 38.28% 48,799 11,162 85.21%
2018 Shaziman Abu Mansor (UMNO) 21,433 44.22% Hasan Baharom (AMANAH) 22,435 46.29% 49,515 1,002 81.49%
Abdul Razakek Abdul Rahim (PAS) 4,598 9.49%

See also


  1. "Perhimpunan Agong UMNO 2004 > Profil Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor". Utusan Malaysia. 2004. Retrieved 21 March 2008.
  2. "AT THE DEWAN RAKYAT: Bloggers may have to register". The Star Online. 5 April 2007. Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 22 March 2008. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. Ooi, Jeff (24 August 2006). "Shaziman's broad-stroke & nasi daun pisang". Ooi, Jeff. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  4. Ooi, Jeff (23 August 2006). "Server hosting, overseas". Ooi, Jeff. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  5. Ahirudin Attan (23 August 2006). "I'M A GENTLEMAN BLOGGER". Ahirudin Attan. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  6. Ooi, Jeff (6 April 2007). "Register the bloggers? NAB & BUM". Ooi, Jeff. Archived from the original on 25 February 2008. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  7. "Report: Malaysian minister proposes blogger registration to curb malicious content". Associated Press. International Herald Tribune. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  8. "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2010. Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout.
  9. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  10. "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  11. "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  12. "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  13. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  14. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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