Noh Omar

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This is a Malay name; the name Omar is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Noh.
Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Haji
Noh Omar
Malaysian Minister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
In office
10 April 2009 – 15 May 2013
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Deputy Mohd Johari Baharum
Chua Tee Yong
Preceded by Mustapa Mohamed
Succeeded by Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Malaysian Minister for Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development
In office
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Mohamed Khaled Nordin
Succeeded by Ministry abolished
Member of the Malaysian Parliament for Tanjong Karang, Selangor
Personal details
Born (1958-02-23) 23 February 1958 (age 57)
Selangor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political party UMNOBarisan Nasional
Alma mater Thames Valley University
Occupation Politician, lawyer
Religion Sunni Islam

Datuk Seri Haji Noh bin Omar (born 23 February 1958) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Tanjong Karang constituency in Selangor, a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party and a former minister in the Malaysia's Barisan Nasional government.

In 2005, while Deputy Minister for Internal Security, Noh made international news for his role in a controversy concerning the alleged mistreatment of an ethnic Chinese woman by Malaysian police. In response to the revelation of mistreatment and protests by the Chinese government, Noh stated "if foreigners think that Malaysia police are brutal, please go back to their own countries and not to stay here".[1] Noh was reprimanded by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi,[2] and Noh issued an apology for his comments that BBC News described as 'grudging at best'.[3]

Noh was appointed to the federal Cabinet after the 2008 election as Minister for Entrepreneur and Co-operative Development.[4] On 10 April 2009, he was appointed as Minister for Agriculture and Agro-based Industry by Abdullah's successor, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.[5] Najib dropped him from the Cabinet after the 2013 election.[6]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P95 Tanjong Karang, Selangor[7]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Independent Votes Pct
2004 Noh Omar (UMNO) 17,750 65% Abdul Ghani Samsudin (PAS) 8,742 32%
2008 Noh Omar (UMNO) 16,073 55% Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (PAS) 12,253 42%
2013 Noh Omar (UMNO) 20,548 55% Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (PAS) 16,154 44% Masrun bin Tamsi (Independent) 340 0.92%


  1. ^ Kent, Jonathan (30 November 2005). "Malaysia minister defends police". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Pak Lah: Noh statement totally against Government's policy on visitors". The Star. 1 December 2005. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Kent, Jonathan (30 November 2005). "Malaysia police minister 'sorry'". BBC News. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "New ministers: PM’s reminder a timely one". The Star. 21 March 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "28-strong Cabinet". Daily Express (Malaysia). 10 April 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "Making sense of Najib’s Cabinet". Malaysian Insider. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Retrieved 10 January 2010.  Includes 2004 election results. Results from earlier elections not available.