Megat Junid

Megat Junid bin Megat Ayub (1942[1] – 24 January 2008) was a Malaysian politician and direct descendant of Megat Terawis, a Bendahara of Perak.

Megat Junid Megat Ayub

Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs
In office
2 May 1997  14 December 1999
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputySubramaniam Sinniah
Preceded byAbu Hassan Omar
Succeeded byMuhyiddin Yassin
ConstituencyPasir Salak
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
In office
11 August 1986  2 July 1997
Serving with Ong Ka Ting (1995-1997)
Azlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byMohd. Kassim Ahmed
Succeeded byAzmi Khalid
ConstituencyPasir Salak
Deputy Minister of Primary Industries
In office
22 April 1982  2 August 1986
MonarchAhmad Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterPaul Leong Khee Seong
Preceded byBujang Ulis
Succeeded byMohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad
ConstituencyHilir Perak
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Pasir Salak
In office
1986  29 November 1999
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRamli Ngah Talib
Majority11,950 (1986)
13,302 (1990)
17,715 (1995)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Hilir Perak
In office
Preceded byKamaluddin Maamor
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Majority10.524 (1982)
Personal details
Megat Junid bin Megat Ayub

(1942-12-08)8 December 1942
Teluk Intan, Perak, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died24 January 2008(2008-01-24) (aged 65)
Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Resting placeBukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s)Ziela Jalil
ChildrenMegat Firdouz Megat Junid
Alma materUniversity of Malaya


Junid was born in Teluk Intan in 1942.[1]


Megat Junid was a teacher by profession and first met Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the early 1970s.[1] Mahathir was living in exile for criticising then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman at the time of their meeting.[1] Junid soon left teaching to become Mahathir's special assistant.[1]

Junid was first elected as a Malaysian Member of Parliament at the same time that Mahathir became Prime Minister of the country.[1] He was appointed Deputy Minister of Primary Industries in Mahathir's government, just two years later.[1]

In 1986, Mahathir next appointed Junid to be his deputy in the Ministry of Home Affairs.[1] Junid's tenure as the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs was rocked by several controversies, including illegal immigration, a spike in illicit drug use and Operation Lalang of 1987.[1]

Junid was appointed to become Malaysia's Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in 1997.[1] He served in the post for two years until he lost his seat in Parliament to a PAS candidate in the 1999 "Reformasi" elections.[1]


Megat Junid died on 24 January 2008, aged 65, at the Pantai Medical Centre in Bangsar following a battle with prostate cancer.[1] His body was buried at Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[1] He was a resident of Kelana Jaya.[1]


Honours of Malaysia


  1. "Megat Junid dies". The Star. 24 January 2008. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2008.
  2. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 20 October 2018.
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