Abdul Ghapur Salleh

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima Haji
Abdul Ghapur Salleh
MP
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kalabakan, Sabah
Assumed office
2004
Preceded by New constituency
Personal details
Born (1943-03-21) 21 March 1943 (age 74)
North Borneo
Political party UMNO
Other political
affiliations
Barisan Nasional
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Abdul Ghapur Salleh (born 21 March 1943) is a Malaysian politician. He is currently the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Kalabakan constituency in Sabah, representing the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in the governing Barisan Nasional coalition.[1]

Before entering federal politics, Abdul Ghapur was active in Sabah state politics, initially as a member of the Sabah People's United Front (commonly known as BERJAYA). He joined UMNO when it moved into the state in the early 1990s and was a Deputy Chief Minister in the Barisan Nasional state government between 1995 and 1997.[2][3]

He was elected unopposed to federal Parliament in 2004, for the newly created seat of Kalabakan on the border between Malaysia and Indonesia in East Sabah.[4] In 2008, after his reelection (again unopposed), he was appointed as a Deputy Minister for Resources and Natural Environment by Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi, only to resign eight days later.[2] Later that year he openly criticised the Barisan Nasional government in Parliament for overlooking the needs states of Sabah and Sarawak, which had voted resoundingly in favour of Barisan Nasional in the 2008 election.[5] He again spoke out against the federal government for what he considered to be its slow response to the invasion of part of East Sabah by Filipino militants in 2013. At the same time, he criticsed UMNO's internal election process as being open to corruption, claiming that "people will do anything just to get on the Supreme Council even if it’s very expensive".[6]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kinabatangan, Sabah[4]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Abdul Ghapur Salleh (UMNO) Unopposed
2008 Abdul Ghapur Salleh (UMNO) Unopposed
2013 Abdul Ghapur Salleh (UMNO) 23,125 66% Usman Madeaming (PAS) 8,904 25%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Abdul Ghapur bin Salleh, Y.B. Datuk Seri Panglima Haji" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Vanar, Muguntan; Sario, Ruben (27 March 2008). "Ghapur quits deputy minister post". The Star. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Muguntan Vanar (27 March 2008). "I won't jump party, says Ghapur". The Star. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Day Ghapur caused stir in Dewan with mention of Keadilan". Daily Express (Malaysia). 17 May 2008. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Rashvinjeet S. Bedi (8 July 2013). "Q&A with Kalabakan MP Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh". The Star. Retrieved 10 November 2014.