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.
|2018–2020||Deputy Minister of Human Resources|
|Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat|
|1999–2004||Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party|
|2008–2018||Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party|
|2018||National Trust Party|
|2022-||Chairman of Pakatan Harapan for Kedah|
Mahfuz bin Omar
25 August 1957
Kedah, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
|Political party||Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (1984-2017)|
National Trust Party (AMANAH) (2018-present)
|Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (1990–96)|
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999–2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Gagasan Sejahtera (2016-2017)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2018-present)
|Mahfuz Omar on Parliament of Malaysia|
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). 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). He was briefly jailed again in 2000 for participating in an unauthorised protest rally against an Israeli cricket team visiting Malaysia.
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. On 15 March 2018, Mahfuz declared he had joined AMANAH, a splinter party of PAS.
In the 2018 general election, Mahfuz again retained the Pokok Sena seat but as the AMANAH of Pakatan Harapan candidate for the first time.
|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%|
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