Nor Mohamed Yakcop

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Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri
Nor Mohamed Yakcop
Soros with Mohamed Yakcop.jpg
Nor Mohamed Yakcop meeting with George Soros
Minister in Prime Minister Department
Economic Planning Unit
In office
10 April 2009 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Amirsham Abdul Aziz
Succeeded by Abdul Wahid Omar
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tasek Gelugor, Penang
In office
8 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Mohd Shariff Omar
Succeeded by Shabudin Yahaya
Malaysian Minister of Finance II
In office
27 March 2004 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Jamaluddin Jarjis
Succeeded by Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
Personal details
Born (1947-08-24) 24 August 1947 (age 69)
Penang, Malayan Union (now Malaysia)
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Fawziah Begum Abu Bakar
Alma mater University of Malaya
Bachelor's degree (Economics)
Catholic University of Leuven
Occupation Economist
Religion Sunni Islam

Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop (born 24 August 1947) is the Malaysian Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, in charge of Economic Planning Unit. He was the prior Minister of Finance II, a post he has held since 2004 until 9 April 2009.[1] He is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Advisory Council.


Previously, he served with Bank Negara, the Malaysian central bank, from 1968 to 2000. During his time in Bank Negara, he was responsible for the implementation of a number of major projects, including

  • the implementation of Islamic banking in Malaysia
  • the setting-up of the bilateral payments mechanism between Bank Negara Malaysia and Central Banks of South-South countries
  • the setting-up of the Rating Agency Malaysia Berhad.

He was also involved in a currency speculation scandal in the early 1990s, where Bank Negara lost up to RM30 billion. No actions had been taken on him as he moved on to hold important government positions.[2]

He was the Special Economic Adviser to former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

In 2002, he was appointed the director of Khazanah Nasional. He played a major role in government-linked companies (GLCs) like United Engineers Malaysia Berhad and Malaysia Airlines. The transformation of the GLCs is another feather in his cap. Following the Asian financial crisis, many of the GLCs were mired in debt and rudderless. In retrospect, his solution to their problems was simple.

First, he restored their balance sheets using the Government's sovereign guarantee when necessary as this guarantee cut down their cost of funds. Then he got young, bright professionals to manage these GLCs, giving them wide latitude to run these huge corporations but with the proviso that they did not line their own pockets. To ensure that they delivered, he introduced key performance indicators and service contracts. The GLC transformation is now into its third phase – and delivering results.

He was a member of the Dewan Negara, the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia, for two terms before stepping down to run for the Tasek Gelugor parliamentary constituency in Penang in the Malaysian elections on 8 March 2008.

Personal history[edit]

He is a former student of St. Xavier's Institution in Penang and had served as a prefect during his student days.

He is married to Puan Sri Fawziah Begum Abu Bakar, a former welfare officer. He has three grandchildren.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Tasek Gelugor, Penang[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2008 Nor Mohamed Yakcop (UMNO) 20,448 55% Ismail Salleh (PAS) 15,901 43%


  1. ^ Duty comes first for Nor Mohamed, The Star, 24 February 2008.
  2. ^ Aziz, Fauwaz Abdul (25 July 2006). Forex scandal: Jaffar 'knew about losses'. Malaysiakini.
  3. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout, including votes for third parties.