Salahuddin Ayub

Dato’ Haji Salahuddin bin Ayub is a Malaysian politician currently serving as the Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry

since 21 May 2018. Salahuddin is also the Member of Parliament for the Pulai constituency in Johor and the Johor State Legislative Assemblyman for the seat of Simpang Jeram concurrently. He is the Deputy President of Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.

Salahuddin was a former member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Kubang Kerian constituency in Kelantan representing the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) in the Pakatan Rakyat opposition coalition for two terms from 2004 to 2013. He was a former vice-president of PAS and also former head of PAS’s youth wing. But he together with a few other progressive leaders referred as G18 was ousted at the party’s 2015 Muktamar which has launched Gerakan Harapan Baru (GHB) that founded the new AMANAH party later.

Salahuddin was born on 1 December 1961 in Kampung Serkat, Tanjung Piai, Pontian, Johor, and went to schools in Pontian. He studied a Diploma in Business Administration at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (KTAR) (1982–1983) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Human Resource Management) from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM).

Salahuddin earlier involved in PAS since 1999 and was selected by PAS to contest the Johor State Legislative Assembly state seat of Benut in the 1999 general election but lost. He was the picked to contest federal parliamentary seat of Kubang Kerian, Kelantan in the 2004 general election which he had won. He was re-elected again in 2008 general election. For the 2013 election he returned to his home state of Johor to contest the parliamentary seat of Pulai, losing to its Barisan Nasional incumbent Nur Jazlan Mohamed. He also contested, and lost the Johor seat of Nusajaya. In the 2018 general election, Salahuddin for the first time contested under AMANAH of Pakatan Harapan and won both the federal parliamentary seat of Pulai and the Johor state seat of Simpang Jeram.

 

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Dato' is a traditional Malay honorific title commonly used in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. Its variant is Datuk.

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