Idris Haron

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This is a Malay name; the name Haron is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Idris.
Yang Amat Berhormat Datuk Wira Ir.
Idris Haron
Chief Minister of Malacca
Incumbent
Assumed office
7 May 2013
Preceded by Mohd Ali Rustam
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for Sungai Udang
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded by Yaakob Mohd Amin
Majority 9,136
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tangga Batu, Melaka
In office
8 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Personal details
Born (1966-05-13) 13 May 1966 (age 48)
Pekan Asahan, Melaka, Malaysia
Political party United Malays National Organization
Alma mater University of Texas at El Paso
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam
Website idrisharon.blogspot.com

Datuk Wira Ir. Idris Haron (born 13 May 1966[1] at Asahan, Melaka) is a Malaysian politician and is the current Chief Minister of Melaka. He is a member of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party in the governing Barisan Nasional coalition.

Background[edit]

Idris is married with two children. For his primary education, he went to four different schools, Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (SRK) Simpang Bekoh, SRK Belading, SRK Asahan from 1973 to 1977 and SRK Kubu from 1977 till 1978. He received his secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC), Melaka[2] from 1979 till 1983. At MOZAC, he became the school's best student. He later pursued his tertiary education at University of Texas at El Paso and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering .[1] His ambition was actually to become a pilot but he changed his mind to become an electrical engineer instead during interviews.

He was the Chairman of the Malaysian Student Conference until he graduated in 1989. In 1993 he participated in an intensive Japanese language training at ITM before pursuing further studies in a technical field at the Kensyu Centre in Tokyo, Japan. He has trained by the Kandenko Corporation Ltd for six months in Tokyo, Japan, in the field of electrical distribution systems. Before his election to Parliament, Idris was chairman of the Alor Gajah district council.[3]

Political Involvement[edit]

Idris was elected to federal Parliament in the 2004 election for the newly created seat of Tangga Batu.[4] In his first year in Parliament, Idris made international news for complaining that the outfits worn by stewardesses on Malaysia Airlines would result in male passengers sexually harassing the stewardesses.[5] After the 2008 election, Idris was appointed a Deputy Minister for Higher Education in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[6] In the 2013 election, he contested in Sungai Udang state's seat and became Malacca's 10th Chief Minister.

Controversies[edit]

Racist remarks against Chinese voters[edit]

On 8 December 2013, Idris Haron had made a press statement that Chinese voters should not lie about supporting Barisan Nasional by voting for the opposition instead during the 13th General Election in May that year. He added that the Chinese people were ungrateful and had betrayed BN when BN had given them everything.[7]

However, Idris denied his statement as being racist in nature, alluding to analysis carried out by political analysts of the voting trend following the general election where 91-percent of Chinese votes had gone to the Opposition.

He said he had never once blamed the Chinese voters for supporting opposition in the 13th General Election, but he felt disappointed because the Chinese had promised to vote for BN candidates.

Closure of Jonker Street[edit]

Idris Haron had called for the closure of Jonker Street, a popular tourist spot in Malacca to ease traffic congestion in the surrounding areas. The state opposition party DAP suspected that the decision was made by the state government to punish the Chinese community for supporting the opposition during the 13th General Election in May 2013. On 24 June 2013 some 100 affected traders had staged a protest at Jonker Street against the state government's decision. Tourism and Culture Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz denied the decision was made to punish the Chinese but however urged the Malacca state government not to close Jonker Street as it would adversely affect the tourism industry.[8]

Idris denied the allegations saying the proposal was part of a study for traffic dispersal system to ease chronic traffic congestion in the centre of the historic city during peak holiday periods.

Idris also noted that the study was also aimed at avoiding emergency and rescue services from failing to reach critical heritage sites in the event of a fire or emergency situation.

Idris Haron made a pledge that Jonker Walk is here to stay and the state government aims to turn the heritage street into a top tourist destination in the country. Idris helped the traders to revert to the system where they only need to renew their business licences annually and not once in three months.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P136 Tangga Batu, Melaka[4]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Idris Haron (UMNO) 26,766 76% Shamsul Iskandar (PKR) 7,522 21%
2008 Idris Haron (UMNO) 30,460 64% Zainon Jaafar (PKR) 9,297 33%
Malacca State Legislative Assembly: N11 Sungai Udang, Melaka[4]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2013 Idris Haron (UMNO) 12,145 68% Asri Buang (PKR) 3,009 17%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Idris Haron Tangga Batu Melaka". Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "City Council status for Malacca". New Straits Times. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 January 2010.  Includes results from the 2004 election. Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout.
  5. ^ "Lust in the sky troubles Malaysia's parliament". USA Today. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Focus on Higher Education issues in Muslim nationa'". New Straits Times. 25 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Chinese voters should not have lied about supporting Barisan, says Malacca chief minister". 
  8. ^ "'Closing Jonker Street not racist move'".