Ahmad Yakob

Ahmad bin Yakob (born 1 February 1950) is a Malaysian politician and teacher who has served as the 19th Menteri Besar of Kelantan since May 2013 and Member of the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Pasir Pekan since April 1995. He is a member, Deputy Spiritual Leader and State Commissioner of Kelantan of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a component party of the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition.

Ahmad Yakob
SJMK DJMK SMK JP MLA
أحمد يعقوب
19th Menteri Besar of Kelantan
Assumed office
6 May 2013
MonarchMuhammad V
DeputyNik Mohamad Amar Nik Abdullah
Preceded byNik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat
Exco roles (Kelantan)
1997–1999Chairman of the Industry, Trade, Entrepreneurial Development and Human Resources
1999–2004Chairman of the Housing, Local Government, Science and Technology
2004–2013Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan
2004–2008Chairman of the Land, Regional Development and Environment
2008–2013Chairman of the Public Administration, Land Development and Region
Faction represented in Kelantan State Legislative Assembly
1995–2020Malaysian Islamic Party[1]
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Personal details
Born
Ahmad bin Yakob

(1950-02-01) 1 February 1950
Tumpat, Kelantan, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
CitizenshipMalaysian
Political partyPan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Other political
affiliations
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Gagasan Sejahtera (GS)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR)
Barisan Alternatif (BA)
Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah (APU)
Spouse(s)Siti Zubaidah Abdul Hamid
(m. 1981)
Children12
Alma materAl-Azhar University
Ain Shams University
OccupationPolitician
ProfessionTeacher

Family

Born on 1 February 1950 in Kampung Berangan, Tumpat, Kelantan to Islamic religious figures, namely Yakob Ishak, a senior activist of Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) cum village religious teacher and Cik Zainab Cik Hussin, a housewife, who is a fellow PAS activist.

He tied the knot with a teacher, Siti Zubaidah Abdul Hamid (born 1961) in 1981 and the couple were blessed with 12 children.

Education

Ahmad got his elementary education at Berangan Primary School and Bustanul Ariffin Islamic School, Tumpat, before he furthered his secondary education at Islamic Studies College in Kota Bahru. He then studied at Islamic Higher Education Centre of Kelantan, Kota Bahru; before he furthered his study outside Malaysia.

He got his Bachelor graduate from Al-Azhar University in Sharia in the 1970s. In 1979, he got Diploma of Education (Arabic Language) from Ain Shams University.[2]

Career

He started his educational service as a teacher in Dato' Bentara Dalam Secondary School, Segamat, Johor, in 1980. He then taught at Dabong Secondary School, Gua Musang (1986), Pasir Mas Girls' Secondary School (1986) and Rantau Panjang Secondary School (1987).

He resigned from being a teacher in 1995 to allow him to contest in Malaysian general election, 1995.

Political involvement

His father is a PAS figure in Tumpat and detained under Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 with another PAS figure, Nik Abdullah Arshad.

Ahmad registered as a PAS Member in 1986. Starting from 1986, he was appointed to some political post in PAS, Tumpat Chapter.

In 1995, he was offered to contest in 9th Malaysian General Election for Pasir Pekan assembly seat. He won against BN candidate, Saupi Daud, with the majority of 2,734 votes.

On 17 May 1997, Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat appointed him as a State Executive Councillor (EXCO) in charge of Industry, Trade, Entrepreneurial Development and Human Resources, replacing Rozali Isohak for joining United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).

After 10th Malaysian General Election, he was appointed once again as a State EXCO in charge of Housing, Local Government, Science, Technology and Environment.

In 11th Malaysian General Election, he defeated BN candidate, Mohd. Noor Yaakob, at the same assembly seat with the majority of 2,271 votes.

Ahmad was chosen as the Deputy Menteri Besar of Kelantan on 23 March 2004, replacing Abdul Halim Abdul Rahman. He then was appointed replacing Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat as the Menteri Besar of Kelantan on 6 May 2013.[3][4]

Honours

  •  Kelantan :
    • Knight Commander of the Order of the Life of the Crown of Kelantan (DJMK) – Dato' (2005)[5]
    • Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Life of the Crown of Kelantan (SJMK) – Dato' (2010)[5]

Election Results

Kelantan State Legislative Assembly[6][7]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 N03 Pasir Pekan, P019 Tumpat Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 6,980 62.20% Saupi Daud (UMNO) 4,241 36.73% 11,445 2,739 77.06%
1999 Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 8,389 70.81% Muhammad Sulaiman (UMNO) 3,458 36.73% 12,108 4,931 78.36%
2004 Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 8,855 57.35% Md Noor Yaacob (UMNO) 6,584 42.65% 15,687 2,271 80.24%
2008 Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 11,106 62.76% Md Noor Yaacob (UMNO) 6,590 37.24% 17,991 4,516 83.83%
2013 Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 14,204 62.40% Nik Noriza Nik Salleh (UMNO) 8,560 37.60% 23,094 5,644 86.00%
2018 Ahmad Yakob (PAS) 14,298 55.41% Wan Mohd. Sanusi Wan Yunus (UMNO) 5,946 39.78% 22,875 8,352 81.48%
Wan Mohd. Johari Wan Omar (PPBM) 2,140 4.81%

References

  1. "Keputusan Penuh PRU-13". Berita Harian (in Malay). 7 May 2013. p. 5.
  2. "Ahmad Yakob takes oath as new Kelantan MB". The Malaysian Insider. 6 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. "Nik Aziz berundur, Kelantan dapat MB baru". Berita Harian (in Malay). 7 May 2013. pp. 1, 6 & 7.
  4. Norfatimah Ahmad; Syuhada Choo Abdullah; Amin Ridzuan Ishak; Suzalina Halid (7 May 2013). "Najib ulangi sejarah ayahanda; Mukhriz sedia galas cabaran; Musa mahu kerja keras". Berita Harian (in Malay). p. 6 & 7.
  5. "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Archived from the original on 29 September 2018. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  6. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  7. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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