THE HONOURABLE DATO’ SRI REEZAL MERICAN BIN NAINA MERICAN
The Honourable Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican was born in Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang on 29 July 1972. He received his secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Agama Al-Mashoor, Pulau Pinang and went on to study at the International Islamic University, Malaysia majoring in Arabic Language and Literature.
Dato’ Sri Reezal began his career in the banking industry before getting actively involved in politics and in NGOs in the year 2000. His positions in UMNO include Exco-Member of UMNO Youth, Malaysia (2004-2008), UMNO Youth Information Chief Malaysia/Barisan Nasional (2008-2013), UMNO Division Chief Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang and member of UMNO Supreme Council (2013 - present).
In the NGO sphere, Dato Sri Reezal has served as President of Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS) (2004-2008) and currently serves as advisor to GPMS. He is also on the Board of Directors for Malaysia Prihatin.
He has served in numerous Government positions, including as Political Secretary to the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development (2000-2003), Political Secretary to the Finance Minister (2003-2008) and Political Secretary to the Prime Minister (2008-2009).
Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican currently serves as Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia.