It’s confirmed, Muhyiddin Yassin is Malaysia’s eight prime minister. The confirmation comes from the Malaysian King’s Palace, following a week of political uncertainty after former minister, Mahathir Mohamad resigned on February 24, 2020.
Here are some interesting facts about our new Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, 72 (who is probably someone very foreign to you if you haven’t been following the Malaysia political situation.
1. He was Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister from 2009-2015
Muhyiddin was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) on April 9, 2009 during the Najib Razak’s government as Malaysia’s sixth Prime Minister. He was also appointed as the Education Minister.
2. He served under four Prime Ministers
Muhyiddin served as Johor Chief Minister under then Tun Dr Mahathir’s government in 1987. He was later appointed as the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and later Minister of International Trade and Industry when Tun Abdullah Badawi became the Prime Minister in 2003.
When Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak was appointed as the Prime Minister in 2009, Muhyiddin was selected as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education. Lastly, he served as the Ministry of Home Affairs under Mahathir’s government.
3. He is from the southern state of Johor
Muhyiddin is from Johor, where he was chief minister for almost 9 years. He has been MP of Pagoh constituency in Johor for 7 terms since 1978. Meaning, for 42 years. It’s an indication that he was loved by his constituents and a true Johorian.
4. Health issue
Sadly, Muhyiddin was diagnosed with an early-stage tumour in the pancreas. He had sought treatment in Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Singapore from July to August 2018. Thankfully, the tumour extraction surgery went well. He was in stable condition when he flew back to Malaysia.
5. He is the father of R&B singer, Najwa Muhyiddin
Did you know Award winning singer known with her song “Got To Go” and “Sama Saja” Najwa Mahiaddin is his daughter? Najwa is known as Najwa Mahiaddin because that was how his name was actually spelt in his MyKad.
6. Dismissed as DPM after publicly criticising Najib over 1MDB scandal
He was dismissed as DPM on July 28, 2015 after a good 6 years serving under UMNO. It was due to his multiple public criticisms of Najib over the 1MDB scandal. He wasn’t afraid and continued to speak out. This bold behaviour cost him his position as deputy president of UMNO.
7. He is a low-profile family man
Muhyiddin graduated from the University of Malaya in 1970 in Economics and Malay Studies. His father wa an influential religious teacher back in his hometown. There’s nothing much you can find on Google about him because he tends to keep a low profile and he is very close to his family.
Congratulations to Malaysia’s newly appointed Prime Minister. Let’s hope he will continue to serve for our country.