Salahuddin Ayub

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Salahuddin Ayub
صلاح الدين أيوب
Salahuddin in 2019
Minister of Domestic Trade
and Costs of Living
In office
3 December 2022 – 23 July 2023
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyFuziah Salleh
Preceded byAlexander Nanta Linggi
(Minister of Domestic Trade
and Consumer Affairs)
Succeeded byArmizan Mohd Ali
Armizan Mohd Ali
Minister of Agriculture
and Agro-based Industry
In office
21 May 2018 – 24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V (2018–2019)
Abdullah (2019–2020)
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputySim Tze Tzin
Preceded byAhmad Shabery Cheek
Succeeded byRonald Kiandee
(Minister of Agriculture
and Food Industries)
State Chairman of the
Pakatan Harapan of Johor
In office
21 September 2022 – 23 July 2023
DeputyAminolhuda Hassan
Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh
Liew Chin Tong
National Chairman Anwar Ibrahim
Preceded byAminolhuda Hassan
Succeeded byVacant
1st Deputy President of the National Trust Party
In office
16 September 2015 – 23 July 2023
PresidentMohamad Sabu
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byMujahid Yusof Rawa
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pulai
In office
9 May 2018 – 23 July 2023
Preceded byNur Jazlan Mohamed
Succeeded bySuhaizan Kayat
Majority28,924 (2018)
33,174 (2022)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kubang Kerian
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byHusam Musa (PAS)
Succeeded byAhmad Baihaki Atiqullah (PAS)
Majority5,627 (2004)
10,642 (2008)
Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly
for Simpang Jeram
In office
9 May 2018 – 23 July 2023
Preceded bySheikh Ibrahim Salleh (PAS)
Succeeded byNazri Abdul Rahman
Majority7,687 (2018)
2,399 (2022)
Personal details
Salahuddin bin Ayub

(1961-12-01)1 December 1961
Serkat, Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor, Federation of Malaya
Died23 July 2023(2023-07-23) (aged 61)
Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Alor Setar, Kedah, Malaysia
Cause of deathBrain hemorrhage
Resting placeJalan Sulong Muslim Cemetery, Serkat, Tanjung Piai, Johor
Political partyMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (1983–2015)
National Trust Party (AMANAH) (2015–2023)
Other political
Harakah Keadilan Rakyat (HAK) (1970–1990)
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU) (1990–1996)
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015–2023)
SpouseFatimah Taha
Residence(s)Johor Bahru and Tanjung Piai, Johor (private and hometown residences)
Putrajaya (official)
Alma materUniversiti Putra Malaysia
Tunku Abdul Rahman College
Salahuddin Ayub on Facebook
Salahuddin Ayub on Parliament of Malaysia

Datuk Seri Salahuddin bin Ayub (Jawi: صلاح الدين بن أيوب; 1 December 1961 – 23 July 2023) was a Malaysian politician who served as Minister of Domestic Trade and Costs of Living in the Unity Government administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim from December 2022 to his death in July 2023 and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry in the Pakatan Harapan administration under Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from May 2018 to his resignation and the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020.[1] He also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pulai from May 2018 to his death in July 2023 and for Kubang Kerian from March 2004 to May 2013 as well as Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Simpang Jeram from May 2018 to his death in July 2023. He was a member of the National Trust Party (AMANAH),[2] a component party of PH coalition. He also served as the 1st and founding Deputy President of AMANAH from September 2015 and State Chairman of PH of Johor from September 2022 to his death in July 2023.[3] He was previously a member, Youth Chief and Vice-President of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a former component party of the former Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Alternatif (BA) coalitions.[4][5][6] But he together with a few other progressive leaders led by Mohamad Sabu referred as G18 were ousted during the 2015 PAS Muktamar which had launched Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB)[7] and founded AMANAH.

Early life and education[edit]

Salahuddin Ayub was born on 1 December 1961 in Kampung Serkat, Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor, and was of Malay-Chinese mixed parentage. He received his early education at Serkat English Primary School, Pontian, from 1967 to 1973. Later, he continued his studies at the lower secondary level at Teluk Kerang English Secondary School, Pontian, from 1974 to 1976, and at Sri Perhentian Secondary School, Pontian, from 1977 to 1978, where he completed Form 5. He then pursued his sixth form at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Datuk Penggawa Barat, Pontian, from 1979 to 1980. Additionally, in 1977, he completed his Islamic religious studies at the Johor State Islamic Religious School.

After graduating from school, Salahuddin pursued a Diploma in Business Administration at Tunku Abdul Rahman College (KTAR) from 1982 to 1983. He then went on to obtain his Bachelor of Science (Human Development) at Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) in 1984.[8]

Career and social activism[edit]

Salahuddin started his early career as a Financial Officer at MUI Bank in 1980, before delving into social and youth activism within Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) as the Pontian branch Secretary from 1981 to 1983. Subsequently, he ventured into politics in 1983.


Salahuddin was involved in PAS from 1999, and was selected by them to contest the Johor State Legislative Assembly state seat of Benut in the 1999 general election but lost. He was picked to contest federal parliamentary seat of Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in the 2004 general election which he had won. He was re-elected again in 2008 general election.[9] For the 2013 election he returned to his home state of Johor to contest the parliamentary seat of Pulai, losing to its Barisan Nasional incumbent Nur Jazlan Mohamed.[10] He also contested, and lost the Johor seat of Nusajaya.[11] In the 2018 general election, Salahuddin for the first time contested under AMANAH of Pakatan Harapan and won both the federal parliamentary seat of Pulai and the Johor state seat of Simpang Jeram.[12]


In the early stages of Salahuddin's political career, he was actively involved with the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) and held various leadership positions within the party.

From 1983 to 1987, Salahuddin served as the Vice-President of PAS Pontian. Following that, he held several roles within the PAS Pontian Youth, including being the Youth Chief from 1987 to 1989. He then went on to become the Johor PAS Youth Chief, a position he held from 1989 to 1999.

During his tenure in PAS Youth, Salahuddin took on additional responsibilities, including serving as a Youth Exco member from 1991 to 1995 and as the PAS Youth Information Chief from 1995 to 1997. Later, he assumed the role of the Central PAS Youth Council Secretary from 1997 to 1999.

Salahuddin's involvement with PAS Youth continued, and he was appointed as the PAS Youth Vice-Chairman from 1999 to 2001. Subsequently, he held the position of Deputy Head of PAS Youth Council from 2001 to 2003 and eventually became the PAS Youth Chief, serving from 2003 to 2009.

In recognition of his contributions and leadership within the party, Salahuddin was appointed as the Vice President of PAS, holding the position from 2009 to 2015.

Apart from his roles within PAS and PAS Youth, Salahuddin also had responsibilities within the Johor state chapter of the party. He served as the Johor PAS Information Chief from 1997 to 2001 and briefly as the Johor PAS Liaison Secretary in 2001. He was also the Johor PAS Deputy Commissioner from 2001 to 2003. Additionally, he was a Member of the Central PAS Committee from 2001 to 2003.

During his time with PAS Youth, Salahuddin held various positions within the organization's committees, including being the Head of Lujnah Agriculture and Lujnah Information and Da'wah from 1993 to 1997. He later served as the Head of the National Relations Committee from 1999 to 2001 and the Head of the International Lujnah from 2001 to 2003. Furthermore, he was the Head of Lujnah User and Environment from 2001 to 2003.

In the 2013 Malaysian general election, Salahuddin contested the Pulai parliamentary constituency in Johor and the Nusajaya State Assembly seat (now known as Iskandar City). However, he was unsuccessful in both attempts, losing to Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates in both constituencies.


Pakatan Harapan[edit]

  • Appointed Vice President of Pakatan Harapan on 22 September 2015.


  • Participated in the Malaysian Youth Associations Association to support the Lebanese people by all the leaders of the National Political Party in 2006.
  • Prime Debate with UMNO's Nazri Abdul Aziz in 2003.
  • Detained at Kajang Prison in 2001 for being involved in an illegal assembly of Ops Cricket Israel at University of Malaya in 1997.
  • Leader of the humanitarian mission of the PAS Youth Council to Kosovo (1999), Afghanistan (2002), Vietnam (2002), Iraq (2003) and Lebanon (2006).
  • Malaysian Government Representative while being Member of Parliament to sit on the Special Committee of Parliament on Unity and PLN.
  • Member of the International Parliamentary Organization (IPO) and member of the Caucus of the Defense of Humanity Standing.

Election results[edit]

Johor State Legislative Assembly[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 N53 Benut Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) 4,701 27.20% Salehon Sengot (UMNO) 11,970 69.25% 17,286 7,269 73.32%
2013 N49 Nusa Jaya Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) 20,965 46.58% Zaini Abu Bakar (UMNO) 23,166 51.48% 45,120 2,201 89.90%
2018 N13 Simpang Jeram Salahuddin Ayub (AMANAH) 14,640 51.90% Mohd Radzi Amin (UMNO) 6,953 24.70% 24,069 7,687 85.40%
Mohd Mazri Yahya (PAS) 2,136 7.60%
Ahmad Hashim (IND) 28 0.10%
2022 Salahuddin Ayub (AMANAH) 8,749 40.94% Zarul Salleh (PAS) 6,350 29.72% 21,369 2,399 53.40%
Lokman Md Don (UMNO) 6,062 28.37%
Mahaizal Mahmor (PEJUANG) 208 0.97%
Parliament of Malaysia[13][14][15][16][17][18][19]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 P024 Kubang Kerian, Kelantan Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) 21,430 57.56% Ahmad Rusli Iberahim (UMNO) 15,803 42.44% 38,458 5,627 81.57%
2008 Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) 27,179 62.17% Ab Ghani Mamat (UMNO) 16,537 37.83% 44,474 10,642 83.14%
2013 P161 Pulai, Johor Salahuddin Ayub (PAS) 40,525 48.09% Nur Jazlan Mohamed (UMNO) 43,751 51.91% 85,924 3,226 85.51%
2018 Salahuddin Ayub (AMANAH) 55,447 63.81% Nur Jazlan Mohamed (UMNO) 26,523 30.52% 86,893 28,924 81.77%
Mohd Mazri Yahya (PAS) 4,332 4.99%
Yap Keng Tak (IND) 591 0.68%
2022 Salahuddin Ayub (AMANAH) 64,900 55.33% Nur Jazlan Mohamed (UMNO) 31,726 27.05% 117,303 33,174 70.96%
Loh Kah Yong (GERAKAN) 20,677 17.63%

Personal life[edit]

Ayub married his wife, Fatimah Taha in 1985 and the couple are blessed with six children and eight grandchildren.

Illness and death[edit]

On 22 July 2023, Salahuddin was confirmed to have suffered from a brain hemorrhage by a specialist doctor. He was immediately rushed to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar, Kedah, after experiencing symptoms of nausea and vomiting.[20] Following his admission, Salahuddin underwent a four-hour surgery and operation to address the condition. He was closely monitored by a team of specialists and was reported to be recovering well.[21] On 23 July 2023, Salahuddin died at the age of 61. He left behind his wife, six children, eight grandchildren and his elderly widowed 83 year old mother, Aminah Abdullah (born 1940).[22]

He was laid to rest at Jalan Sulong Muslim Cemetery, Pontian, near the graves of his father, Ayub Umar (1935–2008) and grandfather.[23][24]


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


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  20. ^ "Salahuddin confirmed to have brain haemorrhage, currently in surgery". The Star. 22 July 2023. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Salahuddin undergoes successful surgery for brain haemorrhage". The Star. 22 July 2023. Retrieved 22 July 2023.
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