Mahdzir Khalid

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This is a Malay name; the name Khalid is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Mahdzir.
Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri
Mahdzir Khalid
Minister of Education
Assumed office
28 July 2015
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Preceded by Muhyiddin Yassin
Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for Padang Terap, Kedah
Assumed office
Preceded by Mohd Nasir Zakaria (PAS)
Menteri Besar of Kedah
In office
Monarch Abdul Halim
Preceded by Syed Razak Syed Zain Barakhbah (UMNOBN)
Succeeded by Azizan Abdul Razak (PAS)
Member of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly for Pedu
In office
Preceded by Wan Jaafar Wan Ahmad (PAS)
Succeeded by Kama Noriah Ibrahim (UMNOBN)
Personal details
Born Mahdzir bin Khalid
(1960-12-15) 15 December 1960 (age 56)
Alor Star, Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Noraini Abdullah
Children 4
Occupation Politician
Profession Teacher
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Seri Mahdzir bin Khalid (born 15 December 1960[1]) is a Malaysian politician who has served as Minister of Education of Malaysia since 2015. He is the member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Padang Terap, Kedah, having been elected in the 2013 general election. He was Deputy Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water from 2013 to 2015. Previously, he served as the ninth Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the State of Kedah from 2005 to 2008 and represented the seat of Pedu in the Kedah State Legislative Assembly from 2004 to 2013. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party in Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition.

Political career[edit]

Mahdzir started his political career as a staffer and in 1999 became the political secretary to Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[1] In 2004 he was elected to the Kedah State Legislative Assembly for the rural seat of Pedu. In December 2005 he became the state's Chief Minister after his predecessor, Syed Razak Syed Zain Barakhbah, resigned because of ill health. Mahdzir had been acting in the position since July 2005.[2]

Mahdzir's tenure as Menteri Besar came to an end after his Barisan Nasional government was defeated in the 2008 election by an opposition coalition led by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).[3] Mahdzir became Barisan Nasional's opposition leader in the state assembly before moving to federal parliament in the 2013 election, winning the seat of Padang Terap from PAS. After the election he was appointed as Deputy Minister for Energy, Green Technology and Water in the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak.[4]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Padang Terap, Kedah[5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2013 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 20,654 56% Mohd Nasir Zakaria (PAS) 16,202 44%
Kedah State Legislative Assembly: Pedu[5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 7,684 57% Wan Jaafar Wan Ahmad (PAS) 5,785 43%
2008 Zamri Yusuf (PKR) 6,047 41% Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 8,780 59%


  1. ^ a b Habibu, Sira (24 December 2005). "Sultan consents to Mahdzir as Kedah Mentri Besar". The Star. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mahdzir takes over as new Kedah Menteri Besar". Daily Express (Malaysia). 23 December 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Waking up to new politics". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "The complete list of Ministers and Deputy Ministers in Najib's new Cabinet". ABN News. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 11 May 2013.  Percentage figures based on total turnout, excluding informal votes.
Political offices
Preceded by
Syed Razak Syed Zain Barakhbah
Menteri Besar of Kedah
Succeeded by
Azizan Abdul Razak