( 2 PHOTOS INSIDE )Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin Yassin (born 15 May 1947) is a Malaysian politician and the deputy president of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the main component party of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. He was Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Minister of Education from 2009 to 2015. Muhyiddin was born in Muar, Johor, Malaysia. His father, Muhammad Yassin bin Mohammad, was of Buginese descent. Muhammad Yassin was an Islamic theologian and cleric based in Bandar Maharani, Muar, Johor, while his mother, Hajjah Khadijah Kassim, was Javanese. Muhyiddin received his primary education at Sekolah Kebangsaan Maharani, Muar, Johor and Sekolah Kebangsaan Ismail, Muar, Johor. After that, he received his secondary education at Muar High School, Johor. Subsequently, he attended Universiti Malaya, Kuala Lumpur and received his honour bachelor’s degree in Economics and Malay Studies in 1971. Muhyiddin grew up in the state of Johor and joined the state public service after graduating from university. He later took up management positions at various state-owned companies. He joined politics in the 1970s and was elected as Member of Parliament for Pagoh in 1978. During his term as MP, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Federal Territories and later Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. As Johor UMNO chief, he was Menteri Besar of Johor from 1986 to 1995.