List of Chief Ministers of Sabah

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Chief Minister of Sabah
Sabah Chiefminister Musa-Aman-01.png
Musa Aman
Style Yang Amat Berhormat / The Most Honourable
Appointer Juhar Mahiruddin
Inaugural holder Tun Fuad Stephens
Formation 1963
Salary MYR15,730 monthly [1]

The Chief Minister of Sabah is the head of government for the Malaysian state of Sabah. From 2003, the post is held by Musa Aman from the Barisan Nasional coalition. As in other parts of the Malaysian federation, the Westminster Parliamentary system is adopted, whereby, the leader of the party with the most seats in the state legislature would usually become the chief minister of Sabah. In other words, it is the person commanding the support of the state legislature. The chief minister is appointed by the head of state known as the Yang di-Pertua Negeri. In comparison to other states in Malaysia, the office of the Chief Minister of Sabah has been held by a more diverse group of people in terms of ethnicity and religion. The post has been held by Kadazandusuns, Bajaus, Malays, Chinese, Suluks, and other persons of mixed heritage as well as being Muslims, Buddhists and Christians.

Rotation system: 1994–2005[edit]

The rotation system was used in the state of Sabah as a means to divide and share power among the three main communities of the state—the Christian Bumiputras, the Muslim Bumiputras, and the Chinese people—represented by various political parties within the Barisan National coalition supposedly representing the interests of those communities. The system was introduced by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad[2] when the ruling coalition party, Barisan Nasional, formed government despite losing in the 1994 state elections. This occurred due to defections which took place by elected representatives of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS), the party which won the election. Among the defectors were Bernard Dompok, who later became the chief minister himself and Joseph Kurup.

The system provided that the chief ministerial post will be held by a leader from one of the three communities for two years, and then the post will be passed on to another leader representing another community. The first chief minister under this system was Sakaran Dandai from the party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in 1994. Sakaran did not complete his two-year tenure and was replaced by Salleh Mohd Said, also from UMNO. In 1996, Yong Teck Lee from Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) became next chief minister. Bernard Dompok then became the next chief minister representing the Christian Bumiputra community in 1998. His tenure lasted

List of chief ministers[edit]

The following is the list of Chief Ministers of Sabah since 1963:[3]

# Chief Minister Took office Left office Party
1 Tun Fuad Stephens (1st term) 16 September 1963 31 December 1964 Alliance (UNKO)
2 Peter Lo Sui Yin 1 January 1965 12 May 1967 Alliance (SCA)
3 Mustapha Harun 12 May 1967 1 November 1975 Alliance (USNO)
4 Mohamad Said Keruak 1 November 1975 18 April 1976 Barisan Nasional (USNO)
5 Tun Fuad Stephens (2nd term) 18 April 1976 6 June 1976 Barisan Nasional (BERJAYA)
6 Harris Salleh 6 June 1976 22 April 1985 Barisan Nasional (BERJAYA)
7 Joseph Pairin Kitingan 22 April 1985 17 March 1994 Parti Bersatu Sabah
Barisan Nasional (PBS)
Parti Bersatu Sabah
8 Sakaran Dandai 17 March 1994 27 December 1994 Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
9 Salleh Said Keruak 27 December 1994 28 May 1996 Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
10 Yong Teck Lee 28 May 1996 28 May 1998 Barisan Nasional (SAPP)
11 Bernard Dompok 28 May 1998 14 March 1999 Barisan Nasional (UPKO)
12 Osu Sukam 14 March 1999 27 March 2001 Barisan Nasional (UMNO)
13 Chong Kah Kiat 27 March 2001 27 March 2003 Barisan Nasional (LDP)
14 Musa Aman 27 March 2003 present Barisan Nasional (UMNO)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sabah state assembly approves pay rise for cabinet ministers and assemblyman
  2. ^ "Rotation discontinued after landslide BN election victory". Daily Express (Malaysia). 1 January 2005. Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Sabah". Retrieved 20 April 2011. 

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