Mohamed Khaled Nordin

Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin (Jawi: محمد خالد بن نورالدين; born 30 November 1958) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Minister of Higher Education for the second term in Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kota Tinggi since November 2022. He served as the 15th Menteri Besar of Johor from May 2013 to May 2018, Deputy Minister of Works, Minister of Entrepreneur and Co-operatives Development and his first term as Minister of Higher Education in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak from 1999 to 2013, MP for Johor Bahru from October 1990 to March 2004 and for Pasir Gudang from March 2004 to May 2013, Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Permas from May 2013 to May 2018 and Chairman of Boustead Holdings from 2020 to his resignation in 2021. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He has served as the Vice President of UMNO since June 2018 and State Chairman of UMNO of Johor since January 2023.[1]

Mohamed Khaled Nordin
محمد خالد نورالدين
Minister of Higher Education
Assumed office
3 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyMohammad Yusof Apdal
Preceded byNoraini Ahmad
ConstituencyKota Tinggi
In office
18 March 2008  14 May 2013
MonarchsMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
DeputyHou Kok Chung
Idris Haron (2008-2009)
Saifuddin Abdullah (2009-2013)
Preceded byMustapa Mohamed
Succeeded byIdris Jusoh
ConstituencyPasir Gudang
15th Menteri Besar of Johor
In office
14 May 2013  12 May 2018
MonarchIbrahim Ismail
Preceded byAbdul Ghani Othman
Succeeded byOsman Sapian
Vice President of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
30 June 2018
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
(2018, since 2019)
Mohamad Hasan
(Acting, 2018–2019)
Preceded byHishamuddin Hussein
State Chairman of the
United Malays National Organisation of Johor
Assumed office
27 January 2023
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
DeputyNur Jazlan Mohamed
Preceded byHasni Mohammad
Ministerial roles
1999–2004Deputy Minister of Works
2004–2008Minister of Entrepreneur and Co-operatives Development
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1990–2013Barisan Nasional
2022–Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Johor State Legislative Assembly
2013–2018Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2020–2021Chairman of Boustead Holdings
Personal details
Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin

(1958-11-30) 30 November 1958
Muar, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
SpouseRosni Omar
ChildrenAkmal Saufi Mohamed Khaled
Alma materUniversity of Malaya

Early life

Khaled is of Banjar descent.[2] He was born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. He received his early education at Sekolah Rendah Ledang Tangkak and High School Muar later before continued to English College Johore Bahru. Khaled further his studies at University of Malaya and graduated with a law degree in 1982.


Before entering politics, Khaled worked for the Malaysian oil giant Petronas. In the 1980s he worked as an adviser to Shahrir Abdul Samad, a federal minister.


Khaled entered the federal parliament himself in the 1990 election, at the age of 31, winning the seat of Johor Bahru against a Parti Melayu Semangat 46 (S46) candidate. In 2004 he became the Minister of Entrepreneur and Co-operatives Development, and in 2008 was appointed as the Minister of Higher Education. After 23 years at federal politics, he shifted to the Johor State Legislative Assembly in the 2013 election, winning the seat of Permas. The Barisan Nasional coalition held its majority in the assembly, and Khaled took over as the state's 15th Menteri Besar of Johor.[3] In the 2018 election somehow, Khaled contested concurrently the Pasir Gudang parliamentary and Permas state seats but was defeated both which also witnessed BN lost in the federal and state governments to Pakatan Harapan (PH).[4] Khaled decided not to contest the 2022 Johor state election which will be for the first time held separately for the federal and state elections.[5]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[6][7]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 Johor Bahru Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 24,980 58.47% Jaafar Onn (S46) 16,814 39.35% 43,856 8,166 67.54%
Ismail Wanjor (IND) 930 2.18%
1995 Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 40,141 79.76% Zahrah Mohd Yusof (S46) 6,023 11.97% 52,424 34,118 70.56%
Tan Tien Lim (PBS) 4,165 8.28%
1999 Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 38,707 73.23% A. Razak Ahmad (PRM) 14,149 26.77% 54,588 24,558 70.13%
2004 Pasir Gudang Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 38,123 84.48% A. Razak Ahmad (PKR) 7,002 15.52% 46,178 31,121 75.49%
2008 Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 35,849 65.88% Md Rizan Mohd Saman (PKR) 18,568 34.12% 55,891 17,281 76.71%
2018 Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 36,889 35.21% Hassan Abdul Karim (PKR) 61,615 58.80% 106,576 24,726 85.83%
Ab. Aziz Abdullah (PAS) 6,278 5.99%
2022 Kota Tinggi Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 25,410 53.68% Ridhwan Rasman (BERSATU) 17,020 35.96% 47,333 8,390 77.23%
Onn Jaafar (AMANAH) 4,903 10.36%
Johor State Legislative Assembly[6][7][8]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 Permas Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 23,952 55.79% Syed Othman Abdullah (PAS) 18,200 42.39% 42,932 5,752 86.90%
2018 Mohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO) 20,047 37.81% Che Zakaria Mohd Salleh (BERSATU) 28,793 54.30% 53,929 8,746 85.48%
Ab. Aziz Abdullah (PAS) 4,181 7.89%


Honours of Malaysia

See also


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