Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin was sworn in as the new Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Education Minister of Malaysia on 10 April 2009. Prior to these new portfolios, he served as the Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia from 18 March 2008 to 9 April 2009.
Born on 15 May 1947 in Muar, Johor, he is married to Puan Sri Noorainee Abdul Rahman and has 4 children.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin had his early education in Muar, Johor. His educational excellence had enabled him to be selected to further his studies at the Universiti Malaya, one of Malaysia’s renowned institutions for tertiary education. In 1970, he graduated from the university with a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts with Honours in the Economics and Malay Studies.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin has been a Member of the Parliament of Malaysia since 1978 and has since then been holding several posts in the Government, which include, Parliament Secretary of Foreign Ministry (July 1981 – April 1982), Deputy Minister of the Federal Territory (May 1982 – May 1983), Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (June 1983 – August 1986), Chief Minister of Johor (August 1986 – May 1995), Minister of Youth and Sports (May 1995 – December 1999), Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (December 1999 – January 2004), as well as Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (January 2004 – March 2008).
In the recent elections of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) i.e. Malaysia’s largest political party and a founding member of the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition, on 26 March 2009, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj. Mohd Yassin had won the party’s number 2 post, which is the Deputy President of UMNO.