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Datuk Seri Utama Ir. Haji Idris bin Haron (born 13 May 1966[1] at Asahan, Melaka) is a Malaysian politician and currently the Malacca State Legislative Assemblyman for Sungai Udang. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

Idris Haron

Chief Minister of Malacca
In office
7 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
GovernorMohd Khalil Yaakob
Preceded byMohd Ali Rustam
Succeeded byAdly Zahari
Member of the Melaka State Legislative Assembly
for Sungai Udang
Assumed office
6 May 2013
Preceded byYaakob Mohd Amin
Majority9,136 (2013)
2,229 (2018)
President of World Assembly of Youth
Assumed office
23 November 2010
Preceded byMohd Ali Rustam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Tangga Batu, Melaka
In office
8 March 2004 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byAbu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Majority19,244 (2004)
14,500 (2008)
Personal details
Idris bin Haron

(1966-05-13) 13 May 1966 (age 53)
Pekan Asahan, Malacca, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation - Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s)Fadilah Abdullah
Alma materUniversity of Texas at El Paso

Idris was the tenth Chief Minister of Melaka from 7 May 2013 to 10 May 2018. He was a member of the Parliament of Malaysia for Tangga Batu, Melaka from 2004 to 2013 and became a deputy minister in 2008. He left federal politics in 2013, winning election of the Malacca State Legislative Assembly for Sungai Udang seat and becoming the state's chief minister.

Internationally, he is the President of World Assembly of Youth.[2]



Idris is married with four children. For his primary education, he went to four different schools: Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (SRK) Simpang Bekoh, SRK Belading, SRK Asahan from 1973 to 1977 and SRK Kubu from 1977 till 1978. He received his secondary education at Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Syah (MOZAC), Melaka[3] from 1979 till 1983. At MOZAC, he became the school's best student. He later pursued his tertiary education at University of Texas at El Paso and received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering .[1] His ambition was to become a pilot but he changed his mind to become an electrical engineer instead during interviews.

He was the Chairman of the Malaysian Student Conference until he graduated in 1989. In 1993 he participated in an intensive Japanese language training at ITM before pursuing further studies in a technical field at the Kensyu Centre in Tokyo, Japan. He has trained by the Kandenko Corporation Ltd for six months in Tokyo, Japan, in the field of electrical distribution systems. Before his election to Parliament, Idris was chairman of the Alor Gajah district council.[4]

Political careerEdit

Idris was elected to federal parliament in the 2004 election for the newly created seat of Tangga Batu.[5] In his first year in Parliament, Idris made international news for complaining that the outfits worn by stewardesses on Malaysia Airlines would result in male passengers sexually harassing the stewardesses.[6] After the 2008 election, Idris was appointed a Deputy Minister for Higher Education in the government of Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.[7]

In the 2013 election, Idris vacated his federal parliamentary seat to contest the seat of Sungai Udang in the Malacca State Legislative Assembly. The move was far from a demotion: it was carried out by the Barisan Nasional coalition to install him as the Chief Minister of Malacca, replacing Mohd Ali Rustam.[8] The coalition retained its majority in the state assembly and Idris was sworn in as Malacca's tenth Chief Minister.[9]

Chief Minister of MelakaEdit

He continued the legacy of his predecessor, Mohd Ali Rustam, but with opposing style[10] by establishing "Melaka Maju-Fasa Dua" (Progressive Melaka-Phase Two). He set up four principles under this umbrella.

  1. First, to raise Melaka's quality of products and services to the highest possible level, exceeding the expectations of customers who comprise investors, tourists and the people in the state.
  2. Second, system and mechanism of products and services in Melaka must be sustainable.
  3. Third, establishing conducive environment for investors and
  4. fourth, to maintain the motivation of Melaka's workforce to produce top-notch quality.[11] He also works under the word "Berkat, Tepat, Cepat" (Blessed, Fast, Accurate).[10]

Under his leadership, Melaka obtained its biggest investment ever in her history of RM 4.38 billion in 2014. The waterfront of Melaka, stretching as far as 73 kilometers, were also upgraded for future beach port.[12] He launched "Don't Mess With Melaka", modeled after a 1986 "Don't Mess With Texas" campaign in a bid against littering, crime and social ills. The goal of the campaign was to ensure the state remained one of the cleanest in the country. The statewide campaign used T-shirt and billboard advertising. The campaign's slogan drew criticism on the basis that it could seem to promote gangsterism. Idris defended the slogan, saying that it was a way to grasp the attention of youths through creative and aggressive marketing.[13]

In 2016, Malacca become the safest place to live in Malaysia.[14] The state crime rates dropped by 15.5 per cent in 2017 with 3,096 cases recorded compared to 3,663 in 2016.[15] The State Socioeconomic Report 2017 published on 26 July 2018 reported that Malacca was the state that recorded the lowest unemployment rate in 2017 with only 1.0 percent.[16]

Redevelopment of the Big IslandEdit

He headed the Big Island (Pulau Besar) redevelopment project starting with electricity supply to Big Island involving 12 towers from 4.7 kilometers of Siring Beach which will supply electricity at a capacity of five megawatts to a maximum capacity of 132 megawatts. The project, which began on 5 November 2012 and completed in February 2015, is aimed at making 129.64 hectares of the Big Island and houses resorts and historic areas, as one of the major tourism products in Melaka. The upgrading of Sekolah Menengah Agama Dan Tahfiz Al-Quran Pulau Besar Melaka is also ongoing to provide students with greater comfort to memorize the Koran.[17] He has planned to develop Pulau Besar as a tourist island in the state. In March 2016, preliminary allocations were given to repair the mosque and food court on the island, besides the construction of a Maahad Tahfiz. Focus is on basic development before being followed by other facilities, including an international standard food court. When all the repair and construction work on the island is completed, it will be able to become an international resort island capable of attracting many visitors. The development process in the island is run in stages. The island's maintenance and development project will be able to attract a large number of tourists. At the same time, it will be one of the major contributors to the Melaka economy.[18]

Taking Serious Look At Khurafat ActivityEdit

A complete jetty and mosque with police cottages and CCTV surveillance are designed to be built on the Big Island to avoid the bad deeds of the visitors, thereby preventing the activities of superstition.[19] He has decided to direct the State Mufti Department, the Melaka Islamic Religious Department to hold a deep discussion to resolve the issue of superstition in the Big Island. In February 2018, he had received a full report on his activities on the Big Island and requested that a discussion involve a large desk be made to find the most appropriate approach to address the problem. He had interviewed the organizers of the program on the Big Island, most of them defending that they were doing the right way because each brought in insight from some of the corners of the world. He has told them that the practice is against the Islamic creed and it has to be eradicated.[20]

Melaka DevelopmentEdit

Total gross domestic product (GDP) revenue of RM27.9 billion and per capita income of RM35,699 recorded in 2013 increased to RM33.2 billion and per capita income of RM41,363 in 2017. During 2013 to 2017, Melaka successfully brought investments from outside amounted to RM17.1 billion and this excludes agreed investment, bringing the total to more than RM22 billion. The elevated viaduct was constructed at the intersection of MITC International Trade Center and Peringgit and is expected to be completed in June 2018 to reduce traffic congestion.[21]

Melaka Sports Developmenet IconEdit

Idris has been named the recipient of the Melaka Sports Developmenet Icon Award in March 2018 in recognition of his services helping to develop state sports especially football. Malacca football has made a resurgence within a short period of time and continues to be in the Super League. Excellence in sports is able to enhance the image and attention of the Melaka state in the eyes of the world, especially with the achievements of boasting Melaka athletes and teams.[22]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia: P136 Tangga Batu, Melaka[5][23][24]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2004 Idris Haron (UMNO) 26,766 79.36% Shamsul Iskandar Md. Akin (PKR) 7,522 20.64% 42,965 24,444 80.62%
2008 Idris Haron (UMNO) 30,460 65.62% Zainon Jaafar (PKR) 9,297 34.38% 49,675 14,500 82.53%
Malacca State Legislative Assembly: N11 Sungai Udang, P136 Tangga Batu[23][24][25][26][27][28]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 Idris Haron (UMNO) 12,145 79.15% Asri Buang (PKR) 3,009 19.61% 15,345 9,136 87.00%
2018 Idris Haron (UMNO) 10,073 56.22% Mohd Lokman Abdul Gani (PH) 7,844 43.78% 2,229 %


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  3. ^ Norizah Baba. "MOZAC e Tinta". Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ "City Council status for Malacca". New Straits Times. 6 April 2003. Retrieved 25 January 2010.
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  7. ^ "'Focus on Higher Education issues in Muslim nations'". New Straits Times. 25 March 2008.
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  28. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohd Ali Rustam
Chief Minister of Melaka
Succeeded by
Adly Zahari
Parliament of Malaysia
Preceded by
Constituency established
Member of the Dewan Rakyat
for Tangga Batu

Succeeded by
Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Mohd Ali Rustam
President of the World Assembly of Youth