Mahfuz bin Omar (Jawi: محفوظ بن عمر; born 25 August 1957) is a Malaysian politician who served as Deputy Minister of Human Resources in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister M. Kulasegaran from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Pokok Sena since March 2008 and from November 1999 to March 2004. He is a member of National Trust Party (AMANAH), a component party of the PH opposition coalition.

Mahfuz Omar
محفوظ عمر
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Mahfuz Omar in 2013
Ministerial roles
2018–2020Deputy Minister of Human Resources
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1999–2004Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
2008–2018Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
2018National Trust Party
2018–Pakatan Harapan
Other roles
2022-Chairman of Pakatan Harapan for Kedah
Personal details
Mahfuz bin Omar

(1957-08-25) 25 August 1957 (age 65)
Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyPan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (1984-2017)
National Trust Party (AMANAH) (2018-present)
Other political
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (1990–96)
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Gagasan Sejahtera (2016-2017)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2018-present)
SpouseRuswati Jaafar
Mahfuz Omar on Parliament of Malaysia

Political careerEdit

Mahfuz was the head of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) youth wing from 1999 to 2003. Under his leadership, PAS Youth was a progressive voice within PAS, advocating for the party to join the Barisan Alternatif coalition with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the People's Justice Party (PKR).[1] Mahfuz's leadership of PAS was the culmination of a long period of his activism within the party. He and a group of other PAS politicians were detained under the Internal Security Act in 1985, a period of intense and often violent hostility between PAS and the governing United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).[2] He was briefly jailed again in 2000 for participating in an unauthorised protest rally against an Israeli cricket team visiting Malaysia.[3]

Mahfuz was elected to Parliament in 1999 but was defeated in the 2004 election by Abdul Rahman Ibrahim of the governing Barisan Nasional coalition. Mahfuz won back the seat at the 2008 election with a majority of 5,371 votes. He was re-elected in 2013, while all other PAS parliamentary candidates in Kedah were defeated.

On 30 December 2017, Mahfuz had announced his decision to quit PAS which he had joined 34 years ago on 12 March 1984.[4] On 15 March 2018, Mahfuz declared he had joined AMANAH, a splinter party of PAS.[5]

In the 2018 general election, Mahfuz again retained the Pokok Sena seat but as the AMANAH of Pakatan Harapan candidate for the first time.

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P41 Permatang Pauh, Penang Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 7,643 24.31% Anwar Ibrahim (UMNO) 23,793 75.69% 31,740 16,150 78.32%
1995 P8 Pokok Sena, Kedah Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 20,667 44.98% Wan Hanafiah Wan Mat Saman (UMNO) 25,285 55.02% 49,494 4,618 77.45%
1999 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 27,466 53.55% Wan Hanafiah Wan Mat Saman (UMNO) 23,829 46.45% 52,779 3,637 77.47%
2004 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 22,440 43.00% Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO) 29,740 57.00% 53,035 7,300 80.27%
2008 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 29,687 55.34% Abdul Rahman Ibrahim (UMNO) 23,956 44.66% 55,318 5,731 79.44%
2013 Mahfuz Omar (PAS) 36,198 52.87% Shahlan Ismail (UMNO) 32,263 47.13% 69,524 3,935 86.14%
2018 Mahfuz Omar (AMANAH) 28,959 40.93% Said Ali Said Rastan (UMNO) 18,390 25.99% 71,910 5,558 82.76%
Radhi Mat Din (PAS) 23,401 33.08%


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mueller, Dominik M. (2014). Islam, Politics and Youth in Malaysia: The Pop-Islamist Reinvention of PAS. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 978-1317912989.
  2. ^ Farish A. Noor (2014). The Malaysian Islamic Party 1951-2013: Islamism in a Mottled Nation. Amsterdam University Press. p. 132. ISBN 9789089645760.
  3. ^ "Sisyphean Efforts". Southeast Asian Affairs. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. 1 January 2001.
  4. ^ "Mahfuz quits PAS after 34 years". The Star. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Ex-PAS man Mahfuz joins Amanah". The Star. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 26 May 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  8. ^ "KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM 13". Sistem Pengurusan Maklumat Pilihan Raya Umum (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 24 March 2017.Results only available for the 2013 election.
  9. ^ "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 30 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-13". Utusan Malaysia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  11. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  12. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  13. ^ "Kedah Sultan to honour 62". The Star. 18 January 2009. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  14. ^ Hashim, Roslinda (25 August 2019). "Mukhriz dahului senarai penerima darjah kebesaran" (in Malay). Sinar Harian. Retrieved 25 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Mukhriz dahului senarai penerima darjah kebesaran daripada Sultan Kedah". Bernama (in Malay). Berita Harian. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 25 August 2019.