Fadillah Yusof

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Fadillah Yusof

فاد الله بن يوسف
Senior Minister
(Infrastructure Development)
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
Preceded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail
as Deputy Prime Minister
ConstituencyPetra Jaya
Minister of Works
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyShahruddin Md Salleh (2020)
Eddin Syazlee Shith (since 2020)
Preceded byBaru Bian
ConstituencyPetra Jaya
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyRosnah Shirlin
Preceded byShaziman Abu Mansor
Succeeded byBaru Bian
ConstituencyPetra Jaya
Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
In office
19 March 2008 – 15 May 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
MinisterMaximus Ongkili
Preceded byKong Cho Ha
Succeeded byAbu Bakar Mohamad Diah
ConstituencyPetra Jaya
Chairman of the Science, Innovation and Environment Select Committee
In office
4 December 2019 – 10 March 2020
Speaker of the Dewan RakyatMohamad Ariff Md Yusof
Preceded byOffice established
ConstituencyPetra Jaya
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Petra Jaya
Assumed office
21 March 2004
Preceded bySulaiman Daud (PBBBN)
Majority12,816 (2004)
14,397 (2008)
21,443 (2013)
15,017 (2018)
Personal details
Fadillah bin Hajji Yusof

(1962-04-17) 17 April 1962 (age 58)
Kampung Hilir, Sibu, Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)
Political partyParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)
Spouse(s)Ruziah Mohd Tahir
RelationsBustari Yusof (brother)
ResidencePetra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Dato' Sri Fadillah bin Yusof (Jawi: فاد الله بن يوسف; born 17 April 1962) is a Malaysian politician from the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), a component party of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS). He has served as the four-term Member of Parliament (MP) for Petra Jaya since March 2004. He has also served as the Senior Minister for Infrastructure Development and Minister of Works in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration since March 2020 for the second time and served in Barisan Nasional (BN) administration from 2013 to 2018 for the first time.[1] His father, Yusof Merais, was an activist jailed several times by British colonial authorities.[2]

Yusof was appointed chair of the Science, Innovation and Environment Select Committee on 4 December 2019, one of only two select committees headed by an opposition MP.[3][4]

Political career[edit]

Yusof first ran for parliament in the 11th Malaysian general election, having previously been an official in the PBB and a lawyer.[5] Yusof won the election for the seat of Petra Jaya.[6]

After being re-elected in the 12th Malaysian general election, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation by then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[7]

On 16 May 2013, after the 13th Malaysian general election, Yusof was promoted to full minister as Minister of Works under the new Cabinet line-up of prime minister Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak.[8]

Following the defeat of the BN in the 14th Malaysian general election, Yusof was made chief whip of the opposition Sarawak Parties Alliance (GPS) in the House of Representatives of Malaysia.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Petra Jaya, Sarawak[6]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Fadillah Yusof (PBB) 18,236 75% Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Senusi (PKR) 5,420 22%
2008 Fadillah Yusof (PBB) 19,515 78% Mohamad Jolhi (PKR) 5,118 20%
2013 Fadillah Yusof (PBB) 29,559 78% Ahmad Nazib Johari (PKR) 8,116 22%
2018 Fadillah Yusof (PBB) 28,306 66% Nor Irwan Ahmat Nor (PKR) 13,289 31%
Hamdan Sani (PAS) 1,350 3%


Personal life[edit]

Yusof's brother is Bustari Yusof, who has been repeatedly linked with corruption related to former prime minister Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak and Governor of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud.[11][12][13] Following the fall of BN, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) filed forfeiture suits against, amongst many others, Yusof, for the amount of RM11.9 million for funds related to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.[14][15] In late November 2019, Yusof forfeited RM3.7 million as settlement for the Malaysian government's forfeiture suit.[14][16][17] He also faces a separate forfeiture suit involving his company, Obyu Holdings, amounting to RM680 million.[18][19][20]


  1. ^ "Fadillah bin Haji Yusof, Y.B. Tuan Haji" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Deputy Minister: YB Tuan Haji Fadillah bin Haji Yusof". Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Archived from the original on 21 November 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Four new select committees formed, one headed by opposition". Malaysiakini. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  4. ^ Abdullah, Maria Chin (4 December 2019). "Maria Chin Abdullah". facebook.com. Retrieved 8 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Plight of 13-year-old draws Fadillah into politics". Utusan. 18 March 2004. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "PBB Had Hoped For More Ministers in Federal Cabinet, Says Abang Johari". Bernama. 31 March 2008. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Yusof's promotion to Works Minister is icing on the cake". ABN News. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ a b "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Award comes with greater responsibility – Fadillah". The Borneo Post. 17 October 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
  11. ^ Shanmugam, M. (11 May 2019). "Malaysians forget easily". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Why Did Najib Give Sarawak's Bustari Yusof A Million Ringgit?". Sarawak Report. 16 April 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  13. ^ Lopez, Leslie (5 June 2017). "Bustari Yusof: The man who quietly guides Najib's hand". The Straits Times. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Report: Bustari forfeits RM3.7 mln as settlement in 1MDB-linked lawsuit". The Borneo Post. 26 November 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  15. ^ Ho, Kit Yen (4 October 2019). "Sarawak tycoon seeks to settle RM11.9 mil govt forfeiture suit". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  16. ^ Lim, Ida (26 November 2019). "Report: Najib associate Bustari Yusof settles 1MDB-linked lawsuit with Putrajaya". Malay Mail. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  17. ^ Zainal, Hanis (26 November 2019). "S'wak businessman pays over RM3mil to settle 1MDB linked lawsuit". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  18. ^ "1MDB scandal: Judge recuses self from Obyu Holdings forfeiture case". Bernama. Malay Mail. 1 November 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  19. ^ "1MDB scandal: Judge recuses himself from Obyu Holdings forfeiture case". The Sun (Malaysia). 1 November 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  20. ^ "1MDB scandal: Judge recuses himself from Obyu Holdings forfeiture case". Bernama. The Star (Malaysia). 1 November 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.

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