Mahfuz Omar

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Haji
Mahfuz Omar
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pokok Sena, Kedah
Assumed office
Preceded by Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO)
In office
Preceded by Wan Hanafiah Wan Mat Saman (UMNO)
Succeeded by Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO)
Personal details
Born Mahfuz bin Omar
(1957-08-25) 25 August 1957 (age 59)
Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party PAS
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Dato' Haji Mahfuz bin Haji Omar (born 25 August 1957) is a Malaysian politician and is the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Pokok Sena constituency in the state of Kedah, Malaysia. He is a member of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).

Mahfuz was the head of PAS's youth wing from 1999 to 2003. Under his leadership, PAS Youth was a progressive voice within PAS, advocating for the party to join the Barisan Alternatif coalition with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the People's Justice Party (PKR).[1] Mahfuz's leadership of PAS was the culmination of a long period of his activism within the party. He and a group of other PAS politicians were detained under the Internal Security Act in 1985, a period of intense and often violent hostility between PAS and the governing United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).[2] He was briefly jailed again in 2000 for participating in an unauthorised protest rally against an Israeli cricket team visiting Malaysia.[3]

Mahfuz was elected to Parliament in 1999 but was defeated in the 2004 election by Abdul Rahman Ibrahim of the governing Barisan Nasional coalition. Mahfuz won back the seat at the 2008 election with a majority of 5,371 votes. He was re-elected in 2013, while all other PAS parliamentary candidates in Kedah were defeated.[4]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Pokok Sena, Kedah[4]
Year Opposition Votes Pct Government Votes Pct
1999 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 27,466 52% Wan Hanafiah Wan Mat Saman (UMNO) 23,829 45%
2004 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 22,440 42% Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO) 29,740 56%
2008 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 29,687 54% Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO) 23,956 43%
2013 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 36,198 52% Shahlan Ismail (UMNO) 32,263 47%


  1. ^ Mueller, Dominik M. (2014). Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 1317912985. 
  2. ^ Farish A. Noor (2014). The Malaysian Islamic Party 1951-2013: Islamism in a Mottled Nation. Amsterdam University Press. p. 132. ISBN 9789089645760. 
  3. ^ "Sisyphean Efforts". Southeast Asian Affairs. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 1 January 2001. 
  4. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 20 March 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.