Jamaluddin Jarjis

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HE Hon. Amb. Dato' Sri Dr. Ir.
Jamaluddin Mohd. Jarjis
Barack Obama and Jamaluddin Jarjis.jpg
Jamaluddin with US president Barack Obama
Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
In office
24 March 2004 – 17 March 2008
Succeeded by Maximus Ongkili
Member of Parliament for Rompin
Assumed office
24 March 2004
Personal details
Born (1951-05-25) 25 May 1951 (age 63)
Pekan, Pahang
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) part of Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Kalsom Ismail
Occupation Politician
Profession Engineer

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Ir. Jamaluddin bin Mohd. Jarjis is a Malaysian politician and the former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. He currently serves as the Chairman of 1 Malaysia Peoples' Housing (PR1MA), and Malaysian special envoy[1] to the United States.[2]

Political career[edit]

Jamaluddin has been the Member of Parliament for Rompin, Pahang since 1990.[3] He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in May 2000.

While serving as Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Jamaluddin oversaw the Angkasawan program, which resulted in Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor becoming the first Malaysian in space on 10 October 2007, when he blasted off to the International Space Station on board Soyuz TMA-11.[4]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Jamaluddin has held various positions in the Cabinet of Malaysia since 2002:

  • Second Minister of Finance (November 2002 – January 2004)
  • Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (January 2004 – March 2004)
  • Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (March 2004 – March 2008)
  • Malaysian Ambassador to the United States with ministerial status (July 2009 – February 2012)


Jamaluddin is married to a dentist, Datin Seri Dr. Kalsom Ismail. They have four children.[3]


Jamaluddin Jarjis completed his secondary education in Sultan Abu Bakar School (SABS), Kuantan

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Rompin, Pahang[5]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1990 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 20,994 71% Salim Ahmad (PAS) 17,579 26%
1995 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 18,531 73% Yahya Awang (PAS) 5,706 23%
1999 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 15,907 60% Mazlan Mohamed Yasin (PAS) 9,879 37%
2004 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 19,359 64% Sukri Ahmad (PAS) 10,009 33%
2008 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 21,308 65% Mazlan Mohamed Yasin (PAS) 10,629 32%
2013 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 30,040 66.8% Nuridah Mohd Salleh (PAS) 14,926 33.2%


  1. ^ As a Malaysian special envoy to the US, he'll assist the new Malaysian ambassador to US to hold his/her office.
  2. ^ "PR1MA wujud imbangan pembelaan". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 6 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Two new Ministers, one new deputy". The Star (Star Publications). 20 November 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Bernama First Malaysian Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History 10 October 2007
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 16 July 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.