Mohamed bin Rahmat (4 January 1938 – 1 January 2010) was a Malaysian politician, and former Information Minister of Malaysia (1978–1982, 1987–1999). He was famously known as Tok Mat, Mat Setia and Mat Mr Propaganda.
|Born||4 January 1938|
Pulai, Johor, British Malaya
|Died||1 January 2010 71) (aged|
Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
|Children||Nur Jazlan Mohamed|
He was the Member of Parliament for the federal constituency of Pulai from 1969 to 1999 representing UMNO-Barisan Nasional. He was also appointed for a short time as the ambassador to Indonesia with a ministerial rank from 1982 to 1984.
Career as Minister of Information
As the Minister of Information, Mohamed introduced the "Setia Bersama Rakyat" (Semarak) programme which was aimed at instilling patriotism among the people.
One notorious account from his post in office was when he ordered rock singers to trim their long hair if they wanted to participate in programmes aired by public broadcaster Radio Televisyen Malaysia in 1992. Among those who followed the directive were the rock groups Wings, with lead singer Awie; and Search, with lead singer Amy.
Mohamed Rahmat died on 1 January 2010 in Kuala Lumpur at the age of 71, three days before his 72nd birthday. His body was laid to rest at the Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery, Kuala Lumpur.
Several places and honours were named after him, including:
|1974||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||18,835||75.79%||A. Razak Ahmad (PSRM)||6,015||24.21%||26,346||12,820||81.73%|
|1978||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||29,717||88.05%||Abdul Hamid Abdul Rahim (PAS)||4,034||11.95%||Unknown||25,683||Unknown|
|1982||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||33,861||77.02%||Abdullah Abdul Hamid (DAP)||10,105||22.98%||46,412||23,756||75.71%|
|1986||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||21,743||64.33%||Gurdial Singh Nijan Sadu Singh (PSRM)||12,056||35.67%||34,904||9,687||70.75%|
|1990||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||29,855||62.93%||A. Razak Ahmad (PRM)||17,583||37.07%||49,140||12,272||76.08%|
|1995||Mohamed Rahmat (UMNO)||36,871||83.16%||Omar Sharif (S46)||7,468||16.84%||45,946||29,403||67.16%|
Honours of Malaysia
Malaysia : Johor : Pahang : Grand Knight of the Order of the Crown of Pahang (SIMP) - Dato' Indera (1987) Selangor : Terengganu : Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Crown of Terengganu (SPMT) - Dato’ Seri (1996)
- "Tok Mat dies". The Star. January 1, 2010. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- "Tok Mat 'Mr Propaganda' terbaik: Zukri". Malaysiakini. 1 January 2010.
- Azman Anuar (2 January 2010). "Tok Mat bangkitkan 'Semarak' rakyat". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). Retrieved 17 February 2017.
- "Tok Mat meninggal tiga hari sebelum ulang tahun ke-72". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 2 January 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
- "Haircuts end rock group ban". The Times. Associated Press. 2 November 1992. p. 13A. Retrieved 19 January 2010.
- "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 June 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
- "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".