Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil Bin Yaakob

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Former Governor of Malacca  

Tun Datuk Seri Utama Dr. Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob is the former Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) Melaka. Tun Khalil is a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) politician from Pahang and had served as the state’s Menteri Besar for more than 10 years. 

Born in Kuantan, Tun Khalil attended Malay College Kuala Kangsar and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Malaya. He was a diplomat and had served in Italy, Morocco, Singapore and Indonesia.

On 4 June 2004, Tun Khalil was appointed as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Melaka by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin.

During his term as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Melaka (Governor), Tun Khalil’s main goal was to develop Malacca as a progressive state in the year 2010 and “Green Technology City State” in the year 2013. He was also instrumental in making Malacca City as the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site on 7 July 2008.

Among state major projects under his reign included: Pulau Melaka, Malacca Straits Mosque, Hang Tuah Mall in Jalan Hang Tuah, Dataran Pahlawan Megamall, Menara Taming Sari, Hang Tuah Village in Duyong, Hang Tuah Jaya, Planetarium Melaka, Melaka Sentral, Melaka Monorail, UTC Melaka, upgrading the Malacca Airport in Batu Berendam into international airport, Melaka Gateway and Malacca coastal reclamation land project.

Tun Khalil has been awarded various Honourable Titles by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, the Federal Government and various States Sultan in Malaysia and Germany as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was awarded the Honorary Doctorate (PhD) in Leadership from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT).