Zairil is the son of Malaysia's Illustrious Former Cabinet Minister Who gained the respect of ALL Malaysians, Tan Sri Khir Johari.
Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari (1923–19 November 2006) was a Malaysian politician and the former Malaysian Minister of Education.
Born on January 29, 1923, in Alor Star, Kedah, Mohd Khir was a Member of Parliament from 1955 to 1982. He was involved in the Malaysian political scene from its inception and served in the Cabinet of three Prime Ministers, which are Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn.
Upon his retirement he held positions in several organisations, most famously as President of the World Wide Fund for Nature of Malaysia (WWF).