Know Your MP (Datuk Idris Haron – Tangga Batu constituency): A life moulded by diligence
The New Straits Time
By : R. Gomathy addthis_pub = ‘nstonline’;
Datuk Idris Haron says he draws inspiration from Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first prime minister
MALACCA: He may be a respected member of parliament for the Tangga Batu constituency but in his heart, Datuk Idris Haron still considers himself very much a kampung boy.
Born in the small town of Asahan — a border town well-known for its waterfalls — Idris had a tough childhood.
His father died when he was young and he was raised by his eldest brother, Ahmad, who was the family’s sole breadwinner.
“My brother was a teacher back then and he would threaten us with the rotan if we misbehaved,” he recalled.
Although life was hard, Idris’ brother made sure that he had everything he needed for school.
“That period of my life taught me about diligence. I worked hard and excelled in my studies at the Sekolah Menengah Sains Muzaffar Shah.”
Idris received a scholarship from Lembaga Letrik Negara (now Tenaga Nasional Bhd) and majored in electrical engineering at the University of Texas.
It was at the university that he had his first brush with the world of politics when he became the president of the Malaysian Students’ Council.
Idris also kept up with news on Malaysia throughout his studies overseas.
When he came back, he became a youth leader of the Klebang Kechil Umno branch.
Idris lived with his brother until he married Fadillah Abdullah. They have two children, Luqman Idris and Amirah Idris.
Idris’ belief in the importance of education as an agent of change has been given a boost with his appointment as the Deputy Higher Education Minister.
He has been entrusted with changing the country’s higher education system by “re-engineering” the undergraduates and making them more qualified not only for local but also foreign markets.
“As a deputy minister, I have a heavy responsibility.
“Undergraduates are the backbone of our nation and it is my responsibility to ensure they are more knowledgeable and marketable.”
With such a heavy responsibility, it is little wonder that he is always on the go.
“Gone are the days where I could sit back and enjoy a cup of tea. Nowadays, there is no time. But I still manage to find time for my favourite nasi lemak,” he said with a laugh.
As for his role model, Idris said he was inspired by Father of Independence, Tunku Abdul Rahman.
“He was such a far-sighted man and was way beyond his time. Some people thought he was mediocre but he was actually the opposite. Malaysia would not be where it is today if it were not for him.
“He laid the ground work for the country to stand tall in the eyes of the world and we are all enjoying the fruits of his labour.”
A proud Malacca boy, Idris said the state was not only the most beautiful but the cleanest in the country with a unique blend of culture, heritage and tradition.
“We have great leaders in Malacca who do their work responsibly.
“Together, we hope to bring development and progress to the state, especially in the higher education sector.”
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