Mukhriz Mahathir

Mukhriz bin Mahathir (Jawi: مخريز بن محضير; born 25 November 1964) is a Malaysian politician who is the current Chief minister and Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of the State of Kedah. From 2008 to 2013 he was the federal Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry. He is the third son of Mahathir Mohamad, the current Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Mukhriz bin Mahathir

مخريز بن محضير
11th and 13th Menteri Besar of Kedah
Assumed office
11 May 2018
Preceded byAhmad Bashah Md Hanipah
In office
6 May 2013  3 February 2016
MonarchAbdul Halim
Preceded byAzizan Abdul Razak
Succeeded byAhmad Bashah Md Hanipah
ConstituencyAyer Hitam
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry
In office
10 April 2008  3 April 2013
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterShahrir Abdul Samad (2008-2009)
Mustapa Mohamed (2009-2013)
Preceded byLiew Vui Keong
Succeeded byHamim Samuri
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Jerlun
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byOthman Aziz (UMNO-BN)
Majority8,893 (2018)
In office
8 March 2008  5 May 2013
Preceded byAbd Rahman bin Ariffin (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byOthman Aziz (UMNO-BN)
Majority2,205 (2008)
Member of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly
for Jitra
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byAminuddin Omar (UMNO-BN)
Majority10,849 (2018)
Member of the Kedah State Legislative Assembly
for Ayer Hitam
In office
6 May 2013  10 May 2018
Preceded byAbdul Ghani Ahmad (PAS-PR)
Succeeded byAzhar Ibrahim (PAS-GS)
Majority2,446 (2013)
UMNO Youth Exco Member
In office
Personal details
Mukhriz bin Mahathir

(1964-11-25) 25 November 1964
Kedah, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (2004-2016)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) (2016-present)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (2004-2016)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2016-present)
Spouse(s)Norzieta Zakaria
ParentsMahathir Mohamad
Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali
Alma materSophia University
Boston University
Mukhriz Mahathir on Parliament of Malaysia

He is a former member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in Malaysia's ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. Like his father, he left UMNO in 2016. Mukhriz is currently the Deputy President of Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) and the chairman of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in Kedah.

Business career and personal life

Mukhriz attended Sophia University, in Tokyo, where he received a bachelor's degree in business management (assumed in 1987). He later received another bachelor's degree in marketing after graduating from Boston University (assumed in 1989).[1][2][3]

Mukhriz has held various posts in several business firms, which include Opcom Holdings,[4][5] Kosmo Tech[6] as well as the Malaysian Franchise Association.[7] He was also the executive director of Perdana Peace Global Organisation.[8] He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Malaysian cancer vaccine company, Bioven.[9]

Mukhriz married Yang Amat Berbahagia To’ Puan Seri Utama Norzieta Zakaria on 14 November 1993,[10] and together, they have four children.[11]

Political career

Pre-parliamentary career

In 2004, he won election to the executive council of UMNO's youth wing, by garnering the highest number of votes of any candidate.[12][13] He was also seen as a potential candidate for being the deputy chief of UMNO Youth, but he later withdrew his candidacy.[11]

Mukhriz was noted for his continuous efforts in speaking for his father in the events of the rift between Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his father.[14][15] In 2006, his father lost a bid to be elected as one of seven delegates from Kubang Pasu to UMNO's general assembly; Mukhriz was elected as one of the seven.[16] Mukhriz drew flak from sections of UMNO after he commented on Prime Minister Abdullah's speech at the assembly that he was a "little bit" disappointed and that it had offered nothing new.[17] He later apologised for his remarks.[18]

Federal parliamentarian (2008–2013)

In the 2008 Malaysian general election, Mukhriz contested and won the Jerlun Parliament Seat.[19][20] Before this, he offered himself to contest in Langkawi Parliament Seat but was rejected by 85 out of 91 UMNO branches in Langkawi.[21] However, many Langkawi leaders backed him later. The Jerlun UMNO division welcomed Mukhriz to contest in their Parliament seat and promised to give him full support in the election.[22]

In 2009, Mukhriz contested as a candidate for the new UMNO Youth Chief after the wing's predecessor, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein released his position. He was rivalled by Khairy Jamaluddin and Khir Toyo. Nominations for the posts coincided with division meetings which took place between October and November 2008. Mukhriz was initially seen as leading in nominations compared to Khairy but eventually lost in the final vote count.

However, a controversy was sparked when Khairy was allowed to contest for the post even though he was found guilty for being involved with money politics by the UMNO Disciplinary Board,[23] while others who were found guilty for the same offence, such as Mohd Ali Rustam who was supposed to contest for the UMNO Vice-President post, were not allowed to contest for their respective posts. However, Khairy denied the allegation, as stated in his blog.[24]

First term as Menteri Besar Kedah (2013–2016)

In the 2013 election, Mukhriz gave up his seat in federal parliament to contest the Kedah State Assembly seat of Ayer Hitam. The move was taken with a view to becoming the Chief Minister of Kedah if the Barisan Nasional coalition could defeat the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) state government led by Azizan Abdul Razak. Mukhriz won Ayer Hitam (defeating the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) incumbent), Barisan Nasional reclaimed the state government, and Mukhriz was sworn in as Chief Minister on 6 May, the day after the election, in the presence of his father.[25]

On 21 June 2013 Mukhriz attempted to charge Penang for the use of water from a river located in Penang state, on the basis that the source of the water was in Kedah. In return the Chief Minister for Penang, Lim Guan Eng, requested the Kedah government to pay rent for the land which the river occupies in Penang state.

In January 2016, UMNO Kedah leaders, led by Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, declare the loss of confidence towards Mukhriz due to "his inability to maintain a united party leadership".[26] The move is widely believed to be a reprisal orchestrated by the Prime Minister Najib Razak's camp in UMNO, which was increasingly infuriated by Mahathir's and Mukhriz's criticisms against Najib.[27] He resigned on 3 February 2016 after losing the majority of support among the assemblymen.[28] Ahmad Bashah, who is also the Bakar Bata assemblyman, succeeded him as the 12th Chief Minister of Kedah.[29]

Mukhriz was expelled from UMNO together with Muhyiddin Yassin in June 2016.[30]

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU) (2016- present)

In August 2016, Mukhriz together with Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Kamarulazman Habibur Rahman, Anina Saadudin and Akhramsyah Sanusi formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM or BERSATU).[31]

Mukhriz is currently the Deputy President of BERSATU and the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan in Kedah.

Second term as Menteri Besar Kedah (2018- present)

In the 2018 general election, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition led by new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, Mukhriz's father, won 18 of the 36 state assembly seats.

He took his oath of office before Kedah Sultan Tunku Sallehuddin Ibni Almarhum Sultan Badlishah in a ceremony held in Istana Anak Bukit.[32]

Election results

Kedah State Legislative Assembly[33][34][35][36][37]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 N04 Ayer Hitam, P005 Jerlun. Mukhriz Mahathir (UMNO) 14,083 54.55% Abdul Ghani Ahmad (PAS) 11,637 45.07% 26,200 2,446 88.61%
2018 N06 Jitra, P006 Kubang Pasu. Mukhriz Mahathir (PPBM) 18,852 55.03% Aminuddin Omar (UMNO) 8,003 23.36% 34,252 10,849 83.00%
Zulhazmi Othman (PAS) 7,064 20.62%
Parliament of Malaysia[33][34][36][37]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 P005 Jerlun, Kedah. Mukhriz Mahathir (UMNO) 19,424 53.01% Idris Ahmad (PAS) 17,219 46.99% 37,242 2,205 81.83%
2018 Mukhriz Mahathir (PPBM) 18,695 41.86% Othman Aziz (UMNO) 12,413 27.79% 44,660 5,866 83.00%
Abdul Ghani Ahmad (PAS) 12,829 28.72%



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