Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob (Jawi: محمد خليل بن يعقوب; born 29 December 1937)[1] is a Malaysian politician who served as the 6th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca from June 2004 to June 2020, 12th Menteri Besar of Pahang from August 1986 to May 1999, Minister of Information in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from December 1999 to March 2004 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Kuantan from November 1999 to March 2004. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling BN coalition. [2]

Mohd Khalil Yaakob
محمد خليل يعقوب
6th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca
In office
4 June 2004 – 4 June 2020
Chief Minister
Preceded bySyed Ahmad Shahabuddin
Succeeded byMohd Ali Rustam
Minister of Information
In office
15 December 1999 – 26 March 2004
MonarchsSalahuddin
Sirajuddin
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyMohd. Khalid Mohd. Yunos (1999-2002)
Zainuddin Maidin (2002-2004)
Donald Lim Siang Chai (2003-2004)
Preceded byMohamed Rahmat
Succeeded byAbdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir
ConstituencyKuantan
12th Menteri Besar of Pahang
In office
14 August 1986 – 22 May 1999
MonarchAhmad Shah
Preceded byNajib Razak
Succeeded byAdnan Yaakob
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuantan
In office
29 November 1999 – 21 March 2004
Preceded byFauzi Abdul Rahman
Succeeded byFu Ah Kiow
Majority7,343 (1999)
Personal details
Born
Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob

(1937-12-29) 29 December 1937 (age 85)
Kuantan, Pahang, Federated Malay States, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Spouse
Zurina Kassim
(m. 1965; died 2022)
Alma materUniversity of Malaya, Kolej Universiti Islam Melaka
ProfessionDiplomat

Early life edit

Born in Kuantan, Khalil attended Malay College Kuala Kangsar and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Malaya. He was a career diplomat and served in Italy, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia.

Political career edit

Khalil is a member of UMNO and served on its supreme council from 1984.[3] He became party secretary-general in 1999 until his appointment as governor.[4]

His was first elected to the Bukit Ibam state seat in the Pahang State Assembly during the 1978 general elections. In 1982, he won the Maran parliamentary seat and was appointed Deputy Minister of Education. He joined the Cabinet in 1984, serving as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

Khalil won the Bukit Tajau state seat in the 1986 general elections, and became Menteri Besar of Pahang. He served for three terms, until 1999. In the 1999 general elections, he rejoined federal politics and was elected as Member of Parliament for Kuantan.[5] He was appointed Minister of Information but did not contest the next election, held in 2004.

In April 2001, a police report was lodged by Pahang state assemblyman Fauzi Abdul Rahman alleging that Mohd Khalil misappropriated state resources as Pahang Menteri Besar.[6]

Governor edit

On 4 June 2004, Khalil was appointed Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.[7]

During his term as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor), Khalil's main goal was to make Malacca a progress state in the year 2010 and then "Green Technology City State" in the year 2013. He was also made Malacca City as the UNESCO's World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008.

Among state major projects under his reign included, Pulau Melaka, Malacca Straits Mosque, Hang Tuah Mall in Jalan Hang Tuah, Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, Menara Taming Sari, Hang Tuah Village in Duyong, Hang Tuah Jaya, Melaka Planetarium, Melaka Sentral, Melaka Monorail, UTC Melaka, upgrading the airport in Batu Berendam into international airport, Melaka Gateway and Malacca coastal reclamation land project.

Interests edit

Mohd Khalil is fan of Indian actor M. G. Ramachandran and Tamil cinema in general. In August 2011, he re-enacted MGR's role in the film Vettaikaaran in a 45-minute performance at the State Culture and Art Auditorium.[8]

Legacy edit

The Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob Mosque at Tanjung Minyak is named after him.

Election results edit

Pahang State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1978 Bukit Ibam Mohd Khalil Yaakob (UMNO) N/A N/A Unknown
1986 N19 Bukit Tajau Mohd Khalil Yaakob (UMNO) 5,742 Ustaz Abd Manaf Othman (PMIP) 1,769 7,691 3,973
1990 Lepar Mohd Khalil Yaakob (UMNO) Unknown
Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1982 Maran Mohd Khalil Yaakob (UMNO) 22,495 67.42% Alwi Abdul Hamid (PAS) 10,868 32.58% 34,534 11,627 76.67%
1999 Kuantan Mohd Khalil Yaakob (UMNO) 28,479 57.40% Fuziah Salleh (keADILan) 21,136 42.60% 52,308 7,343 74.26%

Honours edit

He has been awarded :[9][10]

Honours of Malaysia edit

Foreign honours edit

Honorary doctorate edit

He was also awarded the Honorary Doctorate (PhD) in Leadership from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) on 29 September 2016.

References edit

  1. ^ "The Sixth Speaker of Malacca". Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ Menon, Vijayan (24 October 1986). "Same policies, new modes". New Straits Times. Archived from the original on 30 December 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  3. ^ "TYT Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil B Yaakob". Melaka State Government. Retrieved 2 June 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Rashid Yusof (17 June 1999). "Coming election takes priority at 53rd Umno general assembly". New Straits Times.
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
  6. ^ Leong, Kar Yen (2 April 2011). "Power abuse: Don't turn a blind eye, Rais tells Umno". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 14 August 2011.
  7. ^ KHALIL YAAKOB APPOINTED SIXTH MELAKA GOVERNOR Bernama (mirrored in findarticles.com). 27 May 2004
  8. ^ R.S.N. Murali (15 August 2011). "Mohd Khalil wows crowd by acting as MGR". The Star. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
  9. ^ List of Malay rulers with orders details
  10. ^ Official Website of the Governor of Malacca, Biography with details Archived 2 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat". Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat". Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Senarai Penuh Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat Persekutuan Tahun 2004" (PDF).
  14. ^ "Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negri's birthday honours list". The Star Online. 17 September 2003.

External links edit

Preceded by Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Malacca
2004 – 2020
Succeeded by