Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who has just sworn in as the eight Prime Minister before His Majesty Yang di-Pertuan Agong on Sunday morning (March 1, 2020) at the Istana Negara is not an ordinary politician and a public figure.
Muhyiddin has a very colourful and interesting experience in the social and the local political arena since he became the MP of Pagoh in 1978.
To many people, Muhyiddin is not seen as a politician who likes publicity as he speaks only when the issue is very important. He will only make statements concerning the Ministry of Home Affairs when he was a Minister in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government or his position as the President of Bersatu.
The climax of Muhyiddin in his career as the Internal Affairs Minister was when he made a media statement on February 22 regarding the decision of the Attorney General (AG) Tan Sri Tommy Thomas to stop the court proceedings on the individuals who are supporters of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam (LTTE) Group on February 21, 2020.
Muhyiddin said the AG has urged him as the Minister concerned to review the LTTE’s position as a terrorist group. He stressed that the government of Malaysia has listed LTTE as a terrorist group since 2014 and as a Minister of Home Affairs he has the basis to retain it.
Two days ago (Friday Feb.28) the AG resigned and the new government under Muhyiddin will have to appoint a new AG.
A surprising “political chaos” happened in PH government at the end of February 2020 when the Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resigned as the seventh PM of Malaysia and thus PH government collapsed.
Before Muhyiddin brought Bersatu to join the PH coalition and took over the government from Barisan Nasional in May 2018 General Election he had been sacked from UMNO for raising the 1MDB issue against the UMNO President who was also the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
Muhyiddin , Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir and Datuk Shafie Apdal were sacked from UMNO for raising 1MDB issue against Najib in June 2016. Muhyiddin then formed Bersatu and he became the President of the party in August 2016 when it was registered.
Another very impressive and important episode that made Muhyiddin became popular and was in the limelight was at a Parliamentary session just before the 2018 General Election. Muhyiddin had difficulty to have a slot to speak on the 1MDB issue against Najib in that session. The Speaker had the ruling not to raise 1MDB issue in the Dewan Rakyat.
He said, “I cannot understand why the Parliament cannot discuss and debate on the 1MDB issue while the whole world knows and is talking about it for some time now.
“The government cannot just keep quiet if the issue is not correct. We have to defend our country from the “fitnah” or malicious allegations.” The opposition leaders then hit their tables as a sign of encouragement.
Muhyiddin was the Deputy Prime Minister during Barisan Nasional’s regime while Najib was the Prime Minister. At an UMNO meeting, Najib has commented on Muhyiddin who seldom smile and urged him to do that often.
Muhyiddin started his political career as an MP of Pagoh since 1978. He went up his career path as the Parliamentary Secretary to ther Ministry of External Affairs, Deputy Minister of Federal Territory and DeputyMinister of Trade and Industry.
Besides that he was appointed as Executive Council Member of Johor UMNO and then Menteri Besar (Chief Minister) of Johor from 1986-1995.
In the Federal level, Muhyiddin had held the position of Minister of Youth and Sports (1995-1999) Minister of Trade and Local Affairs (1999-2004) Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry (2004-2008) andMinister of International Trade and Industry (2008-2009).
In 2009, Muhyiddin was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and also as the Minister of Education under the premiership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as the 6th Prime Minister
The new PM was born in May 15, 1947 and had his early education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Maharani, Muar and Sekolah Kebangsaan Ismail, Muar and then to High School Muar.
He was a University Malaya graduate with a Degree in Economics and Malay Studies in 1971.
Muhyiddin’s father Yassin was a famous “ulama” in Bandar Maharani and Khadijah Kassim was his mother. Muhyiddin is married to Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and the couple has four children. –Malaysia World News