Mujahid Yusof Rawa

Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Jawi: مجاهد بن يوسف; born 25 October 1964), is a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Religious Affairs in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. He has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Parit Buntar since March 2008. He is a member of the National Trust Party (AMANAH), a component party of the PH opposition coalition and was a member of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), a component party of the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition and formerly Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.

Mujahid Yusof Rawa
مجاهد يوسف
Chairman of Pakatan Harapan for Perak
Assumed office
1 June 2021
Preceded byAhmad Faizal Azumu
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
(Religious Affairs)
In office
2 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyFuziah Salleh
Preceded byJamil Khir Baharom
Succeeded byZulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri
ConstituencyParit Buntar
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2015Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party
2015–2018National Trust Party
2018–2022Pakatan Harapan
Personal details
Mujahid bin Yusof

(1964-10-25) 25 October 1964
Penang, Malaysia
Political partyPan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) (until 2015)
National Trust Party (AMANAH) (2015-present)
Other political
Barisan Alternatif (BA) (1999-2004)
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008-2015)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2015-present)
SpouseZuraida Husin
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
University Putra Malaysia
Al-Azhar University
Mujahid Yusof Rawa on Facebook
Mujahid Yusof Rawa on Parliament of Malaysia

Mujahid is the son of former president of PAS, Yusof Rawa and has a PhD in political science.[1] Rawa being a progressive party leader has spoken of transforming PAS, an Islamic party, into a multi-racial party.[2] But he together with a few other progressive leaders referred as G18 was ousted at the 2015 PAS Muktamar and has launched Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB)[3] that founded the new AMANAH party later in 2015.

Mujahid made his debut contesting the parliamentary seat of Jasin, Malacca in the 1999 general election but lost. In the 2004 general election he stood but was defeated for the Tasek Gelugor constituency in Penang.[4]

Mujahid was elected to Parliament in the 2008 general election, winning the seat of Parit Buntar in Perak.[5] During the 2013 general election, he won and reelected as the candidate of PAS of the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition coalition.[6] In 2018 general election, he retained the seat as AMANAH candidate with Pakatan Harapan coalition. Subsequently, on 2 July 2018, he was appointed as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for Religious Affairs.

In 2019, he was criticised by Western media for his support for Xinjiang anti-extremism policies. On 26 June 2019, on a 7-day visit to Xinjiang as Malaysia's Religious Affairs Minister, he confirmed in a Facebook post that the camps were indeed vocational and training institutions.[7] The next day, on 27 June, he made a speech at the Beijing Foreign Studies University in which he said "false news in China about Muslims being oppressed could trigger a wave of sympathy to the oppressed and affect relationships".[8]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia[5][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 Jasin, Malacca Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS) 12,947 35.39% Abu Zahar Ithnin (UMNO) 23,638 64.61% 37,467 10,691 77.78%
2004 Tasek Gelugor, Penang Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS) 11,828 34.95% Mohd Shariff Omar (UMNO) 22,011 65.05% 34,551 10,183 83.03%
2008 Parit Buntar, Perak Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS) 21,221 60.82% Abd Raman Suliman (UMNO) 13,670 39.18% 35,592 7,551 78.71%
2013 Mujahid Yusof Rawa (PAS) 26,015 59.73% Muaamar Ghadafi Jamal Jamaludin (UMNO) 17,539 40.27% 44,306 8,476 86.16%
2018 Mujahid Yusof Rawa (AMANAH) 16,753 38.73% Abd Puhat Mat Nayan (UMNO) 13,655 31.56% 43,256 3,098 83.6%
Ahmad Azhar Sharin (PAS) 12,312 28.46%
2022 Mujahid Yusof Rawa (AMANAH) 17,828 33.70% Mohd Misbul Munir Masduki (PAS) 23,223 43.90% 52,903 5,359 77.23%
Imran Mohd Yusof (UMNO) 11,593 21.91%
Rohijas Md Sharif (PEJUANG) 259 0.49%


  •  Penang :
    • Officer of the Order of the Defender of State (DSPN) – Dato' (2012)[16]
  •  Malacca :
    • Grand Commander of the Order of Malacca (DGSM) – Datuk Seri (2018)[17]

See also

  • Parit Buntar (federal constituency)


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  2. Yoong, Sean (17 November 2008). "Malaysian Islamic party to open up to non-Muslims". Associated Press, through Taiwan News. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  3. Jennifer Gomez (13 July 2015). "'Purged' PAS leaders launch splinter movement". The Malaysian Insider. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  4. "Malaysia Decides 2008 (2004 results)". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2 January 2010.
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  7. "Malaysian minister criticised over visit to Uygur camp in China". 2 July 2019.
  9. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
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  12. "my undi : Kawasan & Calon-Calon PRU13 : Keputusan PRU13 (Archived copy)". Archived from the original on 31 March 2014. Retrieved 9 April 2014.
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  14. "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  15. "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. "1,138 terima darjah kebesaran Pulau Pinang". Gokina Morganan (in Malay). Sinar Harian. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  17. "Husam kembali bergelar 'datuk', Mujahid Dr Dzul Ahmad Awang 'datuk seri'". MALAYSIADATELINE (in Malay). 13 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
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