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Dato' Seri Haji Idris bin Jusoh (born 15 November 1955) is a Malaysian politician and was the Minister of Higher Education July 2015 to May 2018. He was the former Menteri Besar of Terengganu and also the Chairman of MARA. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) which is part of the nation ruling coalition Barisan Nasional.

Yang Berhormat Dato' Seri Haji
Idris Jusoh
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Minister of Higher Education
In office
28 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
Preceded by Mohamed Khaled Nordin (2008-2013)
Education Minister II
In office
16 May 2013 – 28 July 2015
Menteri Besar of Terengganu
In office
25 March 2004 – 25 March 2008
Preceded by Abdul Hadi Awang
Succeeded by Ahmad Said
Chairman of MARA
In office
17 July 2008 – 9 March 2013
Member of Parliament
for P33 Besut, Terengganu
Assumed office
5 May 2013
Preceded by Abdullah Md Zin
Majority 8,342 (2013)
Terengganu State Legislative Assembly
Assembly Member
for Jertih
In office
Preceded by Mohd Salleh Abas
Succeeded by Muhammad Pehimi Yusof
Majority 2,047 (2004)
3,046 (2008)
Personal details
Born Idris bin Jusoh
(1955-11-15) 15 November 1955 (age 62)
Kampung Tok Has, Jertih, Besut, Terengganu, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party

Barisan Nasional

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Spouse(s) Che Kamariah Zakaria
Alma mater Universiti Sains Malaysia
Aston University
University of New Haven
University of Jordan
Harvard University


Education backgroundEdit

Leadership & awardsEdit

  • President of the USM Students Council (1978-1979)
  • Gold Medal Award Recipient for being Best Student in USM (1980)
  • President of the International Student Association in University New Haven, USA (1987)
  • Best Club Award, Youth Entrepreneurship Clubs (1994)


  • Pingat Jasa Kebaktian (P.J.K.,Sultan Terengganu) (1994)
  • Darjah Paduka Mahkota Terengganu (D.P.M.T.) – giving the title Dato’ (2004)
  • Darjah Seri Setia Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin (S.S.M.Z.). – giving the title Dato’ Seri (2004)
  • Special Appreciation Award : Individual Malaysian Franchise Award (2000/2001)

Current positionsEdit

  • Member of Parliament, Besut

Highest position (government/private)Edit

  • Minister of Higher Education (July 2015 – 2018)
  • Minister of Education II (May 2013 – July 2015)
  • Chairman of MARA (August 2008 – April 2013)
  • Chief Minister of Terengganu (2004 – 2008)
  • Terengganu State Assemblyman (Constituency of Jerteh) (2004-2013)
  • Chairman, Board of Directors Ketengah (2000-2008)
  • Deputy Minister, Ministry of Entrepreneurial Development (1995 -1999)
  • Besut Member of Parliament (1995 – 1999) (2013 –present)
  • MARA council member (1991 – 1993)
  • Managing Director, Jusoh Enterprise (1988 – 1995)
  • Managing Director, Jusoh Sawmill (1980–1986)

Highest position (politic)Edit

  • UMNO Supreme Council Member (2000–present)
  • Chairman of Coordination Council, UMNO Negeri Terengganu (2004- 2008)
  • Chairman of Barisan Nasional Terengganu Committee(2004- 2008)
  • Division Chief, UMNO Besut (2000 – 2013)
  • Division Youth Chief, UMNO Terengganu (1992-1993)
  • Division Youth Chief, UMNO Besut (1985-1995)

Additional information (social contributions)Edit

  • Global Sciences and Innovation Advisory Council(GSIAC) member (2013 – present)
  • Member, Bumiputera Agenda Action Council (MTAB) -(Februari 2011– present)
  • Member, Pahang State Economic Advisory Council (2012– present)
  • Deputy Chairman, UMNO Malaysia Economic Bureau (2008–present)
  • Member, Yayasan IQRA Board of Trustees (2011 – present)
  • Chairman, 4th Bumiputera Economic Congress (1999)
  • Chairman, Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation (2012-sekarang)
  • Founder, MIND Centre (Mindset), Besut (2008)
  • Founder, IMTIAZ schools & Board of Trustees (1999)
  • Founder, Pintar Quran Board of Directors (1994)
  • Founder, Ulul Albab Programme (2006)
  • Founder, Fulbright Scholars English Teaching Assistants Programme (2006)

Idris Jusoh lifeEdit

Idris Jusoh or popularly known as "Yeh" (Yeh is just a shortform for Idris, most Kelantanese call people with the name Idris as Yeh and Jertih, at least according to some folklores, used to belong to Kelantan) attended elite school (STAR) from 1968 to 1973.

Yeh was in Green House. He was a school prefect too.He was one of the best students in STAR during his time. Those days, best students were sent to Australia for matriculation even before the MCE(SPM) results were known. And he was one of them.[1]

He came back to Malaysia before completing his studies in Australia because his father died. Later on he attended USM and was at one time USM's "overall best student".

Yeh became famous when he won Terengganu for Barisan Nasional from PAS in 2004 and he became the state MB. PAS,the incumbent party, won only 4 seats while Idris-led BN conquered 28.

He was MARA chairman until his recent appointment as Minister of Education II. Yeh is married to a Kelantanese lady whom he met in USM.

In TerengganuEdit

Following the 2008 Malaysian general election, Barisan Nasional managed to win a majority in the Terengganu state election garnering 24 out of 32 state seats on offer, with PAS winning the remaining 8 seats.

In the formation of the new Terengganu state government, the federal government under the then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recommended Idris Jusoh as Menteri Besar, who received full support of twenty-three of the 24 Barisan Nasional state assemblymen elected.[2]

A crisis soon ensued after the Sultan of Terengganu, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, who is also the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (Supreme Ruler) of Malaysia, refused to re-appoint and swear in Idris as Menteri Besar. On 22 March 2008, the office of the Sultan of Terengganu announced the appointment of Kijal assemblyman Ahmad Said instead of Idris Jusoh.[3]

The Prime Minister responded by saying that the appointment of Ahmad Said was unconstitutional as it went against the wishes of the assemblymen and the Prime Minister's office who have supported Idris Jusoh candidacy for Menteri Besar.[4][5] The 22 other BN assemblymen had also pledged their support toward the appointment of Idris Jusoh according to Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.[6] Ahmad Said was given warning that he would be stripped of his UMNO membership "for disobeying the party's leadership". However he was not stripped of his UMNO membership[7]

On 26 March 2008, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin met at Istana Negara to resolve the impasse. The Prime Minister accepted the King's appointment of Ahmad Said as Menteri Besar of Terengganu. He also apologised to the King for the public spat over the appointment of the mentri besar, explaining that there was no intention to disparage or humiliate the royal household. This apparent backdown was due to threat that the royal household would be prepared to dissolve the state assembly if there had been a motion of no-confidence against Ahmad Said by the 22 Umno state assemblymen.[8]

The crisis was one of the only royal interventions in Malaysia in recent times.

On 10 September 2013, referring to the National Education Blueprint, he made a highlight in the news by saying this in a forum in Sabah, "If some people feel the system is not good and want to send their children overseas to study, the government cannot stop them. But the Ministry will work towards improving the country’s education system,"

On 21 February 2015, he declared that Malaysia's higher education is now on par with those of developed nations including the United Kingdom, Germany and Australia, said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh. He said this was proven by the fact that 135,000 foreign students made up 10% of students at national higher educational institutions in the country. This statement was largely criticized due to its over optimism. On 24 February 2015, Idris released an article entitled "What it Means to be World Class" to explain the statement as we as other education matters.[9]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "23 Terengganu Assemblymen Pledge Support For Idris Jusoh". Bernama. 
  3. ^ "Malaysia: The MB For Terengganu Finally Appointed". Sin Chew. 
  4. ^ "Terengganu MB Appointment Unconstitutional, Says Abdullah". Bernama. 
  5. ^ "PM: Appointing anyone else is against Constitution". The Star. 24 March 2008. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "23 Terengganu Assemblymen Pledge Support For Idris Jusoh, Says Najib". Bernama. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2008. 
  7. ^ "Sultan's choice of MB stripped of Umno membership". The Star. 23 March 2008. Archived from the original on 1 February 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2008. 
  8. ^ "What it means to be world class". The Malaysian Insider. 26 March 2008. Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  9. ^ Idris Jusoh (25 Feb 2015). "What it means to be world class". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 7 July 2017. 
Preceded by
Abdul Hadi Awang
Menteri Besar of Terengganu
25 March 2004 – 25 March 2008
Succeeded by
Ahmad Said