Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff

Siti Zailah binti Mohd Yusoff (Jawi: سيتي ظل ﷲ بنت محمد يوسف; born 12 October 1963) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Rina Harun since August 2021. She served her first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister Rina Harun from March 2020 to August 2021 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Rantau Panjang since March 2008. She is a member and Women Chief of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS),.[1]

Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff
سيتي ظل ﷲ محمد يوسف
Siti Zailah in 2018
Ministerial roles
2020–Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2008–2020Malaysian Islamic Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2000–2006Malaysian Islamic Party
Personal details
Siti Zailah binti Mohd Yusoff

(1963-10-12) 12 October 1963
Kelantan, Malaysia
Nationality Malaysia
Political partyMalaysian Islamic Party (PAS)
Other political
Pakatan Rakyat (PR) (2008–2015)
Gagasan Sejahtera (GS) (2016–2020)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-present)
Muafakat Nasional (MN) (2019-present)
Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff on Parliament of Malaysia

Political career

She was elected to the Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of the Parliament of Malaysia for Rantau Panjang in the 2008 general election.[2] Before her election she was a Senator for Kelantan, an appointed position.[3] She won the seat again in the 2013 general election.

In 2011, she was elected as the head of PAS Muslimat, the women's wing of PAS. She retained the post in the 2013 party elections.[4]

Controversies and issues

In July 2014, after the shootdown of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Siti Zailah stated that in light of the possibility of "Allah's wrath", Malaysia Airlines should stop serving alcohol and revise the dress code of the female flight attendants, and especially so for Muslim females. Empower, the non-governmental organization criticized her statements, accusing them of being "insensitive and irrelevant".[5]

During the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, Siti Zailah, the newly appointed deputy minister for women and family development brought up the question of shariah-compliant uniforms at a time when airline staff were facing likely job cuts, resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak causing a worldwide collapse in travel demand, in Parliament. She faced backlash from the National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia,[6] and from both the public and former Youth and Sports minister YB Syed Saddiq.[7]

Within the same period, she made a post on Twitter, noting that "The fatality rate for COVID-19 is only just 1%, but the chances of us dying at any moment is 100%. Renew our faith and be afraid of Allah, as death is something that is genuine, and comes without invitation". After much blowback on social media, she temporarily closed her Twitter account.[6]

In February 2022, she made an Instagram video telling husbands how to punish their wives for "unruly" behavior. She suggested that a husband should start by communicating and if that fails, he should refuse to sleep with his wife. If the wife still does not change her behavior, Siti recommended husbands beat their wives "gently" and use the “bodily contact method” as punishment. This led to outcries from the women's rights coalition Joint Action Group for Gender Equality and from its members such as Sisters in Islam, the Women's Aid Organisation, the Women's Centre for Change, calling for her to step down.[8][9][10]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P23 Rantau Panjang, Kelantan[11][12][13][14][15][16][17]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2008 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 19,344 54.57% Mohd Afandi Yusoff (UMNO) 14,858 41.91% 35,451 4,486 78.11%
Isma Airfath Hassanuddin (IND) 330 0.93%
2013 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 23,724 56.57% Ghazali Ismail (UMNO) 17,448 41.61% 41,934 6,362 79.27%
2018 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 24,581 50.82% Abdullah Mat Yasim (UMNO) 18,431 38.10% 49,639 6,150 75.08%
Wan Shah Jihan Wan Din (AMANAH) 5,361 11.08%
2022 Siti Zailah Mohd Yusoff (PAS) 37,759 62.38% Zulkarnain Yusoff (UMNO) 17,123 28.29% 61,406 20,636 64.91%
Wan Shah Jihan Wan Din (AMANAH) 4,256 7.03%
Ibrahim Ali (PUTRA) 1,216 2.01%
Mohd Zain Ismail (PRM) 172 0.29%


  •  Kelantan :
    • Knight Commander of the Order of the Life of the Crown of Kelantan (DJMK) – Dato' (2019)[18][19]

See also

  • Rantau Panjang (federal constituency)


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