Mohd Khalil Yaakob

Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob (Jawi: محمد خليل بن يعقوب; born 29 December 1937)[1] is the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of the Malaysian state of Melaka. Khalil is a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) politician from Pahang, and served as the state's Menteri Besar for more than 10 years.[2] He was appointed as governor in 2004 by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Mohd Khalil Yaakob

محمد خليل بن يعقوب
6th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka
Assumed office
4 June 2004
Chief Minister
Preceded bySyed Ahmad bin Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin
Malaysian Minister of Information
In office
Preceded byMohamed Rahmat
Succeeded byAbdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir
12th Menteri Besar of Pahang
In office
14 August 1986  22 May 1999
Preceded byNajib Tun Razak
Succeeded byAdnan Yaakob
Personal details
Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob

(1937-12-29) 29 December 1937
Kuantan, Pahang, Federated Malay States
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Spouse(s)Toh Puan Datuk Seri Utama Zurina Kassim
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Early life

Born in Kuantan, Khalil attended Malay College Kuala Kangsar and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Malaya. He was a career diplomat and served in Italy, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia.

Political career

Khalil is a member of UMNO and served on its supreme council from 1984.[3] He became party secretary-general in 1999 until his appointment as governor.[4]

His was first elected to the Bukit Ibam state seat in the Pahang State Assembly during the 1978 general elections. In 1982, he won the Maran parliamentary seat and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. He joined the Cabinet in 1984, serving as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

Khalil won the Bukit Tajau state seat in the 1986 general elections, and became Menteri Besar of Pahang. He served for three terms, until 1999. In the 1999 general elections, he rejoined federal politics and was elected as Member of Parliament for Kuantan.[5] He was appointed Minister of Information but did not contest the next election, held in 2004.

In April 2001, a police report was lodged by Pahang state assemblyman Fauzi Abdul Rahman alleging that Mohd Khalil misappropriated state resources as Pahang Menteri Besar.[6]


On 4 June 2004, Khalil was appointed Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.[7]

During his term as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor), Khalil's main goal was to make Malacca a progress state in the year 2010 and then "Green Technology City State" in the year 2013. He was also made Malacca City as the UNESCO's World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008.

Among state major projects under his reign included, Pulau Melaka, Malacca Straits Mosque, Hang Tuah Mall in Jalan Hang Tuah, Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, Menara Taming Sari, Hang Tuah Village in Duyong, Hang Tuah Jaya, Planetarium Melaka, Melaka Sentral, Melaka Monorail, UTC Melaka, upgrading the Malacca Airport in Batu Berendam into international airport, Melaka Gateway and Malacca coastal reclamation land project.


Mohd Khalil is fan of Indian actor M. G. Ramachandran and Tamil cinema in general. In August 2011, he re-enacted MGR's role in the film Vettaikaaran in a 45-minute performance at the State Culture and Art Auditorium.[8]


  • The Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob Mosque at Tanjung Minyak is named after him.

Honours and titles of Mohd Khalil Yaakob

He has been awarded :[9][10]


He holds currently the title of "Tun Datuk Seri Utama" by combination of his highest Federal Malaysian title "Tun" (SMN) and his highest Malaccan title "Datuk Seri Utama" (DUNM)
In other states of Malaysia, a similar combination between his highest Federal Malaysian title "Tun" (SMN) and his local highest title may be used. Example : Tun Datuk Seri Panglima in Sabah.

Honours of Malacca

Honours of Malaysia

Foreign honours

He was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate (PhD) in Leadership from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) on 29 September 2016.

Honours and titles of Zurina

His wife, Y.A.Bhg. Toh Puan Datuk Seri Utama Datuk Hajah Zurina Binti Kassim has been awarded :[14]


She holds currently the title of "Toh Puan Datuk Seri Utama" by combination of Toh Puan, feminine form in respect of the highest Federal Malaysian title of her husband : "Tun" (SMN) and her highest Malaccan title "Datuk Seri Utama" (DUNM)



  1. "The Sixth Speaker of Malacca". Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. Menon, Vijayan (24 October 1986). "Same policies, new modes". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. "TYT Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil B Yaakob". Melaka State Government. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  4. Rashid Yusof (17 June 1999). "Coming election takes priority at 53rd Umno general assembly". New Straits Times.
  5. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  6. Leong, Kar Yen (2 April 2011). "Power abuse: Don't turn a blind eye, Rais tells Umno". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  8. R.S.N. Murali (15 August 2011). "Mohd Khalil wows crowd by acting as MGR". The Star. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  9. List of Malay rulers with orders details
  10. Official Website of the Governor of Malacca, Biography with details Archived 2 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2004" (PDF).
  12. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  13. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
  14. List of consorts of Malay rulers (as of February 2013) with details of orders
Preceded by
Syed Ahmad Syed Mahmud Shahabuddin
Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca
2004 – present
Succeeded by
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