Mahdzir Khalid

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Mahdzir Khalid
مهذر بن خالد
Mahdzir Khalid in 2016.jpg
9th Menteri Besar of Kedah
In office
29 December 2005 – 9 March 2008
MonarchAbdul Halim
Preceded bySyed Razak Syed Zain Barakbah
Succeeded byAzizan Abdul Razak
Vice-President of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
30 June 2018
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
(2018, since 2019)
Mohamad Hasan (Acting) (2018–2019)
DeputyMohamad Hasan
Preceded byShafie Apdal
Ministerial roles
2013–2015Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water
2015–2018Minister of Education
2021–Minister of Rural Development
Exco roles (Kedah)
2004–2005Chairman of the Agriculture, Rural Development and Co-operatives
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2013–Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Kedah State Legislative Assembly
2004–2013Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2020–2021Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Personal details
Mahdzir bin Khalid

(1960-12-15) 15 December 1960 (age 60)
Kampung Atong, Pokok Sena, Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse(s)Noraini Abdullah
Mahdzir Khalid on Parliament of Malaysia

Mahdzir bin Khalid (Jawi: مهذر بن خالد; born 15 December 1960[1]) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Rural Development in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob since August 2021. He served as Minister of Education and Deputy Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water in the BN administration under former Prime Minister Najib Razak and former Minister Maximus Ongkili from May 2013 to the collapse of the BN administration in May 2018. He has served Chairman of the Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) since May 2020 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Padang Terap since May 2013. He also served as the 9th Menteri Besar of Kedah from December 2005 to March 2008, Kedah State Executive Councillor from March 2004 to his promotion to Menteri Besar in December 2005 and Member of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pedu from March 2004 to May 2013. He is a member and Vice-President of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling BN coalition which is aligned with the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) 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 BN Kedah state government was defeated in the 2008 election by the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) 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]

Kedah State Legislative Assembly: N8 Pedu.[5][6][7][8][9]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 7,684 56.26% Wan Jaafar Wan Ahmad (PAS) 5,785 42.36% 13,657 1,899 87.29%
2008 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 8,780 57.76% Zamri Yusuf (PKR) 6,047 39.78% 15,200 2,733 87.53%
Parliament of Malaysia: P007 Padang Terap, Kedah.[5]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 20,654 55.66% Mohd Nasir Zakaria (PAS) 16,202 43.69% 37,904 4,442 90.33%
2018 Mahdzir Khalid (UMNO) 16,384 42.09% Khairizal Khazali (AMANAH) 7,254 18.64% 38,923 1,099 85.61%
Mohd Azam Abd Aziz (PAS) 15,285 39.27%



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  2. ^ "Mahdzir takes over as new Kedah Menteri Besar". Daily Express (Malaysia). 23 December 2005. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  3. ^ "Waking up to new politics". The Star. Star Publications (Malaysia). 10 March 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
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  10. ^ "2006 Sultan of Kedah honour's list". The Star. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Sultanah leads honours list". The Star. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  12. ^ "DPM tops Perak honours list". The Star. 19 April 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Menteri Besar of Kedah
Succeeded by