Mukhriz Mahathir

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This is a Malay name; the name Mahathir is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Mukhriz.
Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri
Mukhriz bin Tun Dr. Mahathir
S.P.M.K., D.H.M.S., D.S.D.K. MP
Menteri Besar of Kedah
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Monarch Abdul Halim
Preceded by Azizan Abdul Razak
Member of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly
for Ayer Hitam
Incumbent
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded by Abdul Ghani Ahmad
Majority 2,446
Malaysian Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
10 April 2009 – 3 April 2013
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Liew Vui Keong
Succeeded by Ir. Hamim Samuri
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Jerlun
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Abdul Rahman bin Ariffin
Succeeded by Othman Aziz
UMNO Youth EXCO
Incumbent
Assumed office
2004
Personal details
Born November 1964
Political party United Malays National OrganisationBN
Spouse(s) Norzieta Zakaria
Relations Mahathir Mohamad
Children 4
Occupation Member of Parliament
Profession Businessman
Religion Islam
Website Mukhriz.com

Dato' Seri Mukhriz bin Tun Dr. Mahathir (born November 1964) is a Malaysian politician who has been Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the State of Kedah since 2013. Previously he served in the government of Malaysia as Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry from 2009 to 2013. He is a son of Mahathir Mohamad, who was Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981 to 2003.

Mukhriz has held various posts in several business firms, which include Opcom Holdings,[1][2] Kosmo Tech[3] as well as the Malaysian Franchise Association.[4] He is also the executive director of Perdana Peace Global Organisation.[5]

Mukhriz was noted for his continuous efforts in speaking for his father in the events of the rift between Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his father.[6][7] In 2006, Mukhriz won the election of UMNO's Kubang Pasu division, coming in fifth. Mukhriz defended his father, who had lost in the same election he took part, by saying that there is a plan to topple him.[8] Mukhriz drew flak from sections of UMNO after he commented on Prime Minister Abdullah's speech that he was a "little bit" disappointed and that it offered nothing new.[9] He later apologised for his remarks.[10]

Mukhriz is married to Datin Paduka Norzieta Zakaria,[11] and has four children.[12] He is currently serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysian cancer vaccine company, Bioven.[13]

Political involvement[edit]

In 2004, he won the election of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Youth Exco by garnering the highest number of votes[14][15] and was subsequently appointed to the post. He was also seen as a potential candidate for being the deputy chief of UMNO Youth's wing, but he later withdrew.[12] Mukhriz's older brother, Mokhzani, had also played an active role in UMNO's politics.

In the 2008 Malaysian general election, Mukhriz won the Jerlun Parliament Seat (P005) with the sum of the DUN differing markedly from Parlimen.[16][17] Before this, he offered himself to contest in Langkawi Parliament Seat but was rejected by 85 out of 91 UMNO branches in Langkawi.[18] However, many Langkawi leaders backed him later. The Jerlun UMNO division welcomed Mukhriz to contest in their Parliament seat and promised to give him full support in the election.[19]

In 2009, Mukhriz contested as a candidate for the new UMNO Youth Chief after the wing's predecessor, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein released his position. He was rivalled by Khairy Jamaluddin and Khir Toyo. Nominations for the posts coincided with division meetings which took place between October and November 2008. Mukhriz was initially seen as leading in nominations compared to Khairy but eventually lost in the final vote count.

However, a controversy was sparked when Khairy was allowed to contest for the post even though he was found guilty for being involved with money politics by the UMNO Disciplinary Board,[20] while others who were found guilty for the same offence, such as Mohd Ali Rustam who was supposed to contest for the UMNO Vice President post, were not allowed to contest for their respective posts. However, Khairy denied the allegation, as stated in his blog.[21]

In the 2013 election, Mukhriz gave up his seat in federal parliament to contest the Kedah State Assembly seat of Ayer Hitam. The move was taken with a view to becoming the Chief Minister of Kedah if the Barisan Nasional coalition could defeat the Pakatan Rakyat state government led by Azizan Abdul Razak. Mukhriz won Ayer Hitam (defeating the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) incumbent), Barisan Nasional reclaimed the state government, and Mukhriz was sworn in as Chief Minister on 6 May, the day after the election, in the presence of his father.[22]

On June 21, 2013 Mukhriz attempted to charge Penang for the use of water from a river located in Penang state, this is due to the water supply origination in Kedah. In return the Chief Misister for Penang Lim Guan Eng requested the Kedah government to pay rent for the land at which the river occupies in the Penang state. [23]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Jerlun, Kedah[24]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2008 Mukhriz Mahathir (UMNO) 19,424 53% Idris Ahmad (PAS) 17,219 47%
Kedah State Legislative Assembly: Ayer Hitam[24]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2013 Mukhriz Mahathir (UMNO) 14,083 55% Abdul Ghani Ahmad (PAS) 11,637 45%

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