Tan Sri Mohd Khir Johari (1923–19 November 2006) was a Malaysian politician and the former Malaysian Minister of Education.
Born on January 29, 1923, in Alor Star, Kedah, Mohd Khir was a Member of Parliament from 1955 to 1982. He was involved in the Malaysian political scene from its inception and served in the Cabinet of three Prime Ministers, which are Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn.
Upon his retirement he held positions in several organisations, most famously as President of the World Wide Fund for Nature of Malaysia (WWF).
He died on 19 November 2006 due to a heart attack and was buried in Makam Pahlawan near Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur.
Tunku Abdul Rahman was Khir's friend, mentor, colleague, and later on boss. By the time the Tunku died on December 6, 1990, Khir had enjoyed some 48 years of a very close relationship with him.
It is said that it was politics and patriotism that first brought them together. When the Japanese surrendered to the Allied Forces in 1945, the Communists in Kedah, then known as the “Bintang Tiga” or “The Three Stars,” tried to take over the state as their flagship before the arrival of the British Occupation Forces.