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Datuk Haji Marzuki bin Haji Yahya (born 1970)[1] is a Malaysian politician from the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) currently serving as a Senator of Malaysia and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2] Concurrently, he is also the Secretary-General of PPBM, Chairman of PPBM Penang and Deputy Chairman of Pakatan Harapan (PH) Penang.[1]

Marzuki Yahya

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
17 July 2018
MonarchMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterSaifuddin Abdullah
Preceded byReezal Merican Naina Merican
Secretary-General of Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
27 September 2018
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
ChairmanMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byShahruddin Md Salleh
Personal details
Marzuki bin Haji Yahya

(1970-09-04) September 4, 1970 (age 49)
Yan, Kedah, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (1998-2016)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) (2016-present)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (1998-2016)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2016-present)
Spouse(s)Zalinda Mat Zin
Alma mater"Cambridge International University" (United States)



Marzuki had been accused of making a false claim that he holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Cambridge via distance learning.[3] However, it was later revealed that the University of Cambridge does not offer any distance learning degree. He later clarified that he in fact obtained his degree from Cambridge International University, which is not affiliated or related to the University of Cambridge.[4] Cambridge International University was reportedly a non-accredited institution[5] and a diploma mill.[6]

Political careerEdit

Marzuki's involvement in the political arena began in 1998 when he was appointed as the Treasurer for United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Youth Bagan Division.[1] After holding several other posts in UMNO, he eventually left the party and became one of the founding members of then-opposition PPBM, led by former UMNO President and current Prime Minister of Malaysia Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, in 2016.[1]

He contested the Tasek Gelugor parliamentary seat in the 14th Malaysian general election but lost with the narrowest of margins overall, at just 81 votes.[1] Shortly thereafter, he was appointed as a Senator in the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia[7] and sworn-in as a deputy minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on 17 July 2018.[1][8] On 18 November 2018, Chief Justice of Malaysia Richard Malanjum ordered the petition filed by Marzuki challenging the results of the election to go to trial.[9] The petition somehow was struck out by the Election Court on 15 February 2019.[10]

Election resultsEdit

Parliament of Malaysia[11][12][13]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots
Majority Turnout
2018 P042 Tasek Gelugor,Penang Marzuki Yahya (PPBM) 18,466 35.58% Shabudin Yahaya (UMNO) 18,547 35.73% 52,890 81 86.92%
Rizal Hafiz Ruslan (PAS) 14,891 28.69%


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f "DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malaysia). Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Double honour for senator". Logeiswary Thevadass. The Star. 19 July 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Marzuki says will show proof of his Cambridge degree". Bernama. The Star. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Deputy minister Marzuki reveals he did go to Cambridge... but not that Cambridge". Zurairi AR. Malay Mail. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  5. ^ "I studied in the US' Cambridge International University - Marzuki". Alyaa Alhadjri & Zikri Kamarulzaman. Malaysiakini. 6 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Education portal red-flags Cambridge International University as diploma mill". FMT Reporters. Free Malaysia Today. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 10 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Penang PPBM chief to be Dewan Negara Senator". Lo Tern Chern. The Star. 13 July 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Minister and deputies appointed". The Star. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Court orders trial of Tasek Gelugor election petition". V Anbalagan. Free Malaysia Today. 28 November 2018. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Tasek Gelugor election petition struck out, Shabudin retains seat". Bernama. The Star. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  11. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  12. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  13. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.