Idris Haron

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Yang Amat Berhormat
Datuk Seri Utama
Ir. Haji

Idris Haron
MLA
Masiela Lusha with Datuk Seri Ir. Haji Idris bin Haron.jpg
Chief Minister of Melaka
Assumed office
7 May 2013
Preceded by Mohd Ali Rustam
Member of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly
for Sungai Udang
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded by Yaakob Mohd Amin
Majority 9,136 (2013)
President of World Assembly of Youth
Assumed office
23 November 2010
Preceded by Mohd Ali Rustam
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
Majority 19,244 (2004)
14,500 (2008)
Personal details
Born Idris bin Haron
(1966-05-13) 13 May 1966 (age 51)
Pekan Asahan, Malacca, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Spouse(s) Fadilah Abdullah
Alma mater University of Texas at El Paso
Occupation Politician
Website idrisharon.blogspot.com

Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Haji Idris bin Haron (born 13 May 1966[1] at Asahan, Melaka) is a Malaysian politician and current Chief Minister of Melaka. He was a member of the Parliament of Malaysia from 2004 to 2013 and became a deputy minister in 2008. He left federal politics in 2013, winning election to the Malacca State Legislative Assembly and becoming the state's chief minister. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party in the Barisan Nasional coalition. Internationally, he is the President of World Assembly of Youth.[2]

Background[edit]

Idris is married with three 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[3] 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 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.[4]

Political career[edit]

Idris was elected to federal parliament in the 2004 election for the newly created seat of Tangga Batu.[5] 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.[6] After the 2008 election, Idris was appointed a Deputy Minister for Higher Education in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[7]

In the 2013 election, Idris vacated his federal parliamentary seat to contest the seat of Sungai Udang in the Malacca State Legislative Assembly. The move was far from a demotion: it was carried out by the Barisan Nasional coalition to install him as the Chief Minister of Malacca, replacing Mohd Ali Rustam.[8] The coalition retained its majority in the state assembly and Idris was sworn in as Malacca's tenth Chief Minister.[9]

Chief Minister of Melaka[edit]

He continued the legacy of his predecessor, Mohd Ali Rustam, but with opposing style[10] by establishing "Melaka Maju- Fasa Dua" (Progressive Melaka-Phase Two). He set up four principles under this umbrella.

  1. First, to raise Melaka's quality of products and services to the highest possible level, exceeding the expectations of customers who comprise investors, tourists and the people in the state.
  2. Second, system and mechanism of products and services in Melaka must be sustainable.
  3. Third, establishing conducive environment for investors and
  4. fourth, to maintain the motivation of Melaka's workforce to produce top-notch quality.[11] He also works under the word "Berkat, Tepat, Cepat" (Blessed, Fast, Accurate).[12]

Under his leadership, Melaka obtained its biggest investment ever in her history of RM 4.38 billion in 2014. The waterfront of Melaka, stretching as far as 73 kilometers, were also upgraded for future beach port.[13] He launched "Don't Mess With Melaka", modeled after a 1986 "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign in a bid against littering, crime and social ills. The goal of the campaign was to ensure the state remained one of the cleanest in the country, following reports that cleanliness levels had deteriorated. The statewide campaign used T-shirt and billboard advertising. The campaign's slogan drew criticism on the basis that it could seem to promote gangsterism. Idris defended the slogan, saying that it was a way to grasp the attention of youths through creative and aggressive marketing.[14][15] He also initiated the RM40 billion, 609-acre mega-project Melaka Gateway,[16] and revived the rarely used Melaka International Airport with flights to Penang by Malindo Air.[17] Under his tenure, Malacca was Malaysia's first state to put electric buses in service.[18][19]

He led the state visit to among the wealthiest state of China, Guangdong. He witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Melaka and Guangdong to boost both state economy and tourism sector.[20]

On 23 November 2015, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and another 100 delegates made a visit in order to strengthen the relationship between Melaka and China.[21][22]

On 8 August 2016, he made a scandalous remark that the United States of America is planning to kill the malays via the civil action taken by the Department of Justice against 1MDB's known associates.[23] It is alleged that he made the statement in order to defend his Umno President. However, that remark received terrible reaction from the public due to its absurdity, prompting the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur to issue dismissive response [24] and an Umno colleague to publicly claim that he does not know what was in the Chief Minister's head when he made those remarks.[25]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P136 Tangga Batu, Melaka[5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Idris Haron (UMNO) 26,766 76% Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin (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[5]
Year Government 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. ^ "Idris Haron is World Assembly of Youth president". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Norizah Baba. "MOZAC e Tinta". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "City Council status for Malacca". New Straits Times. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 11 January 2010. Retrieved 25 January 2010.  Includes results from the 2004 election. Percentage figures are calculated based on total turnout.
  6. ^ "Lust in the sky troubles Malaysia's parliament". USA Today. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "'Focus on Higher Education issues in Muslim nations'". New Straits Times. 25 March 2008. 
  8. ^ Hafidah Samat (16 April 2013). "Idris Haron to replace Ali Rustam as Malacca MB candidate?". Yahoo. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Idris Haron sworn in as Malacca Chief Minister". ABN News. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Idris tegas dan garang". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Idris Haron plans to build ‘first class Melaka’". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  12. ^ http://ww1.utusan.com.my/utusan/Dalam_Negeri/20140206/dn_16/Melaka-lapan-bulan-bawah-Idris-Haron-style-berbeza
  13. ^ SUFFIAN ABU BAKAR ialah Ketua Biro Utusan Malaysia Melaka. "Idris Haron dan Melakanya". Utusan Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "'Don't Mess with Melaka' or you'll get fined". NST Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "The Star Online". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "RM40b Malacca Gateway to open doors in 2018". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  17. ^ AMRAN MULUP. "Malindo Air mula penerbangan di Melaka hari ini". Utusan Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Malacca to replace diesel-powered fleet with electric buses". AsiaOne. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Melaka launched first Electric bus, travel 300 km". Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  20. ^ SUFFIAN ABU BAKAR. "Melaka-China bincang ekonomi, pelancongan". Utusan Online. Retrieved 10 February 2016. 
  21. ^ (in Malay)"China buktikan komitmen kerjasama erat dengan Melaka". Utusan Malaysia. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  22. ^ "201 2 0 275 People of Melaka delighted Chinese premier visited state". Free Malaysia Today. Bernama. 23 November 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2015. 
  23. ^ http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/dakwaan-doj-bertujuan-8216-bunuh-8217-melayu-1.367724
  24. ^ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351668
  25. ^ https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/351920
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohd Ali Rustam
Chief Minister of Melaka
2013-present
Incumbent
Parliament of Malaysia
Preceded by
Constituency established
Member of the Dewan Rakyat
for Tangga Batu

2004-2013
Succeeded by
Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mohd Ali Rustam
President of the World Assembly of Youth
2010-present
Incumbent