YB Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad
Minister of Health, Ministry of Health Malaysia
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad was appointed as the Minister of Health, Malaysia on 21st May 2018 following his victory in the 14th Malaysia General Election. This is his second term as a Member of Parliament. He was first elected in the 2008 election.
Upon taking up office, Dr Dzulkefly has laid down five visions to enhance and improve the delivery of healthcare in Malaysia. Among them are addressing perennial healthcare problems faced by the people and enhancing healthcare facilities and services, forging strategic public-private collaboration, emphasizing on primary healthcare, addressing the welfare and workload of the ministry’s staff and seeking incremental increase in budgetary allocation to achieve an integrated health facilities.
The Honorable Minister received his primary and secondary education in Singapore, before he returned to Malaysia in 1974.
His highest academic achievement was a PhD in Toxicology from Imperial College, St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, UK in 1993.
Dr Dzulkefly also holds a Master degree in Science from the University of Surrey and a first degree in Science from The University of Birmingham, UK (1980).
He kicked off his career as a lecturer at the Universiti Sains Malaysia’s (USM) Faculty of Medical Sciences in Pulau Pinang (1984-1989), before he went to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM), Kelantan (1993-1997), during which he also taught Islamic Civilisation at the same university from 1987 to 1997.
Dr Dzulkefly was previously a member of the British Toxicology Society (BTS) and the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Toxicology (APAMT).
He is also the founder and Chairman of Jaiputra College Management Board in Kelantan from 1999-2003. Other positions previously held are as consultant at an asset management company in Kuala Lumpur (1999-2001), former Director of a public listed company from 2003-2004 (PLC-main board), Senior Advisor for a property company owned by a Saudi national in Kuala Lumpur (2005-2007).
He is currently the Director of an Oman-based International Education Company, a position he held since 2017.
BOOKS / LITERARY WORKS
Dubbed himself as a ‘Muslim Democrat’, Dr Dzulkefly has published a number of books in both Malay and English language, including ‘Blindspot’ (2003), Striving For Change (2007), ‘Pergelutan Demi Perubahan’ (2016) dan ‘Najibnomiks: Rahmat atau Malapetaka?’ (Najibnomics: A Blessing or A Disaster?) (2017).