Adam Adli Abd Halim (born July 3, 1989) is a Malaysian politician and student activist who has served as the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports in the Unity Government administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Hannah Yeoh Tseow Suan since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Hang Tuah Jaya since November 2022. He is a member of the People's Justice Party (PKR), a component party of the PH coalition. He has also served as the 5th Youth Chief of PKR and Deputy Youth Chief of PH since July 2022.

Adam Adli
Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports
Assumed office
10 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
MinisterHannah Yeoh Tseow Suan
Preceded byTi Lian Ker
ConstituencyHang Tuah Jaya
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Hang Tuah Jaya
Assumed office
19 November 2022
Preceded byShamsul Iskandar Md. Akin
Majority8,638 (2022)
5th Youth Chief of the People's Justice Party
Assumed office
17 July 2022
PresidentAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyKamil Munim
Preceded byAkmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir
Deputy Youth Chief of the Pakatan Harapan
Assumed office
29 July 2022
PresidentWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ChairmanAnwar Ibrahim
Youth ChiefKelvin Yii Lee Wuen
Personal details
Born (1989-07-03) 3 July 1989 (age 34)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
(since 2021)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
(since 2021)
  • Activist
  • Politician

Personal life Edit

Adli studied at the Sultan Idris Education University. On 9 January 2013, Adli was suspended for three semesters, which ended in September for allegedly tarnishing the university's name and disturbing public peace and safety.[1][2]

Political career Edit

On 16 September 2021, Adam Adli officially joined the People's Justice Party, along with 20 other young activists and student leaders, including lawyer Asheeq Ali, and activist Sarah Hadi.[3] After the 2022 People's Justice Party leadership elections, he was elected as youth chief for the party for the 2022-2026 term.

Legal Battle Edit

Sedition charges Edit

On 13 May 2013, Adam Adli was arrested over the statements he made during a forum held at the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur.[1] He was arrested at 3:15 PM on 18 May 2013 under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act.[4] Adli was handcuffed at his office in Bangsar will be charged with sedition and is being investigated under Section 125b of the Penal Code, for acting in a manner detrimental to Malaysia's parliamentary democracy.[5]

On 19 May 2013, Adli was remanded by the Malaysian authorities for five days until 23 May following his arrest for sedition. City police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the remand order was to help police investigate Adam Adli on statements he made during a 13 May forum.[6][7]

Adam Adli was charged under Section 4 of the Sedition Act on 23 May 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.

On 22 February 2018, Adam Adli was acquitted of his sedition charge. The judge states that "the conviction was unsafe due to several misdirections in law", during the Sessions and High Courts verdicts.[8] With him being a free man, Adam Adli continued his studies at the Sultan Idris University of Education.[9]

Election results Edit

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2022 P137 Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka Adam Adli (PKR) 39,418 41.72% Mohd Ridhwan Mohd Ali (UMNO) 30,780 32.58% 94,486 8,638 79.74%
Mohd Azrudin Md Idris (BERSATU) 23,549 24.92%
Sheikh Ikhzan Sheikh Salleh (PEJUANG) 739 0.78%

References Edit

  1. ^ a b "Student activist Adam Adli arrested over his remarks at May 13 forum". The Star. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  2. ^ Nazlina, Maizatul (26 April 2013). "Judge chides UPSI student Adam Adli for being disrespectful to leaders". The Star. Archived from the original on 22 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  3. ^ Ying, Teoh Pei (16 September 2021). "Adam Adli officially joins PKR | New Straits Times". NST Online. Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Where is Pakatan now that Adam Adli is in trouble?". Malaysia Kini. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ "UPSI student, Adam Adli arrested by police". The Sun Daily. 18 May 2013. Archived from the original on 17 February 2020. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  6. ^ Kumar, M. (19 May 2013). "Student activist Adam Adli remanded 5 days". The Star. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Student activist Adam Adli remanded for five days". ABN News. 19 May 2013. Archived from the original on 23 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Chin, Emmanuel Santa Maria. "After five years, activist Adam Adli acquitted of sedition charge | Malay Mail". Retrieved 24 January 2022.
  9. ^ "Student activist Adam Adli now a free man". The Star. Retrieved 24 January 2022.