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Ustaz Dato' Bentara Kanan Ahmad bin Yakob (born 1 February 1951) is a Malaysian politician and teacher. He is the current Menteri Besar of Kelantan.

Ahmad Yakob

13th Menteri Besar of Kelantan
Assumed office
6 May 2013
MonarchMuhammad V
DeputyNik Mohamad Amar Nik Abdullah
Preceded byNik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
ConstituencyN.3 Pasir Pekan
Member of the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly
for Pasir Pekan
Assumed office
25 April 1995
Personal details
Ahmad bin Yakob

(1951-02-01) 1 February 1951 (age 68)
Tumpat, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyPan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Spouse(s)Siti Zabidah Abdul Hamid
(m. 1981)
Alma materAl-Azhar University
Ain Shams University
WebsiteAhmad Yakob in Instagram



Ahmad was born at Berangan Village, Tumpat, Kelantan, on 1 February 1951. His father, Yakob Ishak, is an Islamic figure and an activist of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) at his village. His mother, Cik Zainab Cik Hussin, is also a PAS activist.

Ahmad married with a teacher, Siti Zubaidah Abdul Hamid, in 1981 and is blessed with 11 children.


Ahmad got his elementary education at Berangan Primary School and Bustanul Ariffin Islamic School, Tumpat, before he furthered his secondary education at Islamic Studies College in Kota Bahru. He then studied at Islamic Higher Education Centre of Kelantan, Kota Bahru; before he furthered his study outside Malaysia.

He got his Bachelor graduate from Al-Azhar University in Sharia in the 1970s. In 1979, he got Diploma of Education (Arabic Language) from Ain Shams University.[2]


He started his educational service as a teacher in Dato' Bentara Dalam Secondary School, Segamat, Johor, in 1980. He then taught at Dabong Secondary School, Gua Musang (1986), Pasir Mas Girls' Secondary School (1986) and Rantau Panjang Secondary School (1987).

He resigned from being a teacher in 1995 to allow him to contest in Malaysian general election, 1995.

Political involvementEdit

His father is a PAS figure in Tumpat and detained under Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 with another PAS figure, Nik Abdullah Arshad.

Ahmad registered as a PAS Member in 1986. Starting from 1986, he was appointed to some political post in PAS, Tumpat Chapter.

In 1995, he was offered to contest in 9th Malaysian General Election for Pasir Pekan assembly seat. He won against BN candidate, Saupi Daud, with the majority of 2,734 votes.

On 17 May 1997, Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat appointed him as a State Executive Councillor (EXCO) in charge of Industry, Trade, Entrepreneurial Development and Human Resources, replacing Rozali Isohak for joining United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

After 10th Malaysian General Election, he was appointed once again as a State EXCO in charge of Housing, Local Government, Science, Technology and Environment.

In 11th Malaysian General Election, he defeated BN candidate, Mohd. Noor Yaakob, at the same assembly seat with the majority of 2,271 votes.

Ahmad was chosen as the Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan on 23 March 2004, replacing Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman. He then was appointed replacing Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat as the Menteri Besar of Kelantan on 6 May 2013.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Keputusan Penuh PRU-13". Berita Harian (in Malay). 7 May 2013. p. 5.
  2. ^ "Ahmad Yakob takes oath as new Kelantan MB". The Malaysian Insider. 6 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Nik Aziz berundur, Kelantan dapat MB baru". Berita Harian (in Malay). 7 May 2013. pp. 1, 6 & 7.
  4. ^ Norfatimah Ahmad; Syuhada Choo Abdullah; Amin Ridzuan Ishak; Suzalina Halid (7 May 2013). "Najib ulangi sejarah ayahanda; Mukhriz sedia galas cabaran; Musa mahu kerja keras". Berita Harian (in Malay). p. 6 & 7.

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