Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff

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Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff

سيتي زايله بنت محمد يوسف
Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff official portrait.jpg
Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Assumed office
10 March 2020
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
MinisterRina Harun
Preceded byHannah Yeoh
ConstituencyRantau Panjang
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Rantau Panjang
Assumed office
8 March 2008
Preceded byAbdul Fatah Harun (PAS)
Majority4,486 (2008)
6,362 (2013)
6,150 (2018)
Personal details
Siti Zailah binti Mohd Yusoff

(1963-10-12) 12 October 1963 (age 57)
Kelantan, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Gagasan Sejahtera (GS) (2016–present)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-present)
Muafakat Nasional (MN) (2019-present)
Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff on Parliament of Malaysia

Dato' Hajjah Siti Zailah binti Mohd Yusoff (Jawi: سيتي زايله بنت محمد يوسف; born 12 October 1963) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister Rina Harun since March 2020 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rantau Panjang since March 2008. She is a member and Women Chief of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a component party of the ruling PN coalition.[1]

Political career[edit]

She was elected to the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia for Rantau Panjang in the 2008 general election.[2] Before her election she was a Senator for Kelantan, an appointed position.[3] She won the seat again in the 2013 general election.

In 2011 she was elected as the head of PAS Muslimat, the women's wing of PAS. She retained the post in the 2013 party elections.[4]


In July 2014, after the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Siti Zailah stated that in light of the possibility of "Allah's wrath" Malaysia Airlines should stop serving alcohol and revise the dress code of the female flight attendants, and especially so for Muslim females. Empower, the non-governmental organization criticized her statements, accusing them of being "insensitive and irrelevant".[5]

During the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, Siti Zailah, the newly appointed deputy minister for women and family development brought up the question of shariah-compliant uniforms at a time when airline staff were facing likely job cuts, resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak causing a worldwide collapse in travel demand, in Parliament. She faced backlash from the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia,[6] and from both the public and former Youth and Sports minister YB Syed Saddiq.[7]

Within the same period, she made a post on Twitter, noting that "The fatality rate for COVID-19 is only just 1%, but the chances of us dying at any moment is 100%. Renew our faith and be afraid of Allah, as death is something that is genuine, and comes without invitation". After much blowback on social media, she temporarily closed her Twitter account.[6]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P23 Rantau Panjang, Kelantan[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 19,344 54.57% Mohd Afandi Yusoff (UMNO) 14,858 41.91% 35,451 4,486 78.11%
Isma Airfath Hassanuddin (IND) 330 0.93%
2013 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 23,724 56.57% Ghazali Ismail (UMNO) 17,448 41.61% 41,934 6,362 79.27%
2018 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 24,581 50.82% Abdullah Mat Yasim (UMNO) 18,431 38.10% 49,639 6,150 75.08%
Wan Shah Jihan Wan Din (AMANAH) 5,361 11.08%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Siti Zailah binti Mohd Yusoff, Y.B. Puan" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Kelantan Continues To Add Colour To Local Politics". Bernama. 24 February 2008. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Siti Zailah retains PAS Muslimat top post". The Star. 21 November 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2014.
  5. ^ Hodal, Kate. "MH370 families offer to counsel bereaved relatives of MH17 victims" (Archived 3 August 2014 at WebCite). The Guardian. 27 July 2014. Retrieved on 3 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Deputy minister closes Twitter account after uproar over Covid-19 post". Free Malaysia Today. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  7. ^ tan, tarrence (14 March 2020). "Dep Women and Family Minister slammed for emphasising syariah-compliant attire for flight attendants". The Star. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  9. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 19 April 2013. Results only available from the 2004 election (GE11).
  10. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  11. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  13. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. ^ "Ketua Audit Negara dahului senarai 623 penerima kehormatan Kelantan" (in Malay). Bernama. 11 November 2019. Retrieved 11 November 2019.