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Ariffin S.M Omar is a Malaysian politician who is a Vice Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), a component party of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. He served as a senator elected by the Penang State Legislative Assembly in the Parliament of Malaysia from 2 June 2015 to 2 June 2018

Ariffin Omar

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Senator for Penang in the Malaysian Parliament
In office
2 June 2015 – 2 June 2018
Vice-chairman of Democratic Action Party (DAP)
Assumed office
16 December 2012
Personal details
Born1949 (age 69–70)
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyDemocratic Action Party (DAP)
Other political
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Alma materUniversity of Science Malaysia (USM)
National University of Singapore (NUS)
Australia National University (ANU)
OccupationPolitician, Lecturer

Personal life and educationEdit

Ariffin Omar studied at St Xavier’s Institution, Penang for his secondary school education. He then continued to study at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and later obtained a Bachelor's degree at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and in 1990, obtained a Doctorate degree from the Australia National University (ANU).[1]

He worked as a lecturer in Universiti Sains Malaysia (1974–2006) and a lecturer at the University of Utah (1998) and was also a lecturer in Universiti Utara Malaysia and the National Defence University of Malaysia.[1]

He was also a founding member of Aliran Kesedaran Negara (Aliran), a reform movement dedicated to justice, freedom and solidarity.[1]

Now based at the Penang Institute, his research focuses on nation, nationalism, ethnic relations and religious freedom.[1]


  • Bangsa Melayu (Malay Concepts of Democracy and Community, 1945–1950) ; Oxford University Press, 1993
  • The Bumiputera Policy: Dynamics and Dilemmas ; Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia, 2005


  1. ^ a b c d "gerak budaya". Retrieved 8 September 2015.