Ali Hamsa

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Ali Hamsa

Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia
In office
24 June 2012 – 30 August 2018
Preceded byMohd Sidek Hassan
Succeeded byIsmail Bakar
Personal details
Ali bin Hamsa

(1955-08-29) 29 August 1955 (age 64)
Kluang, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Spouse(s)Rohani Abdullah
Alma materUniversity of Malaya
(B. Econ.)
Oklahoma State University
(MS in Economics), (PhD. Environmental Economics)
WebsiteOfficial website
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Tan Sri Dato' Sri Ali bin Hamsa (born 29 August 1955) is the 13th Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, serving as Chief Secretary from 24 June 2012 to 30 August 2018.[1]


He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from University of Malaya before furthering his studies at Oklahoma State University, the United States of America where he obtained master's degree in Economics in 1986 followed by PhD in Environmental Sciences and Economics in 1997.[2]


Ali joined the Administrative and Diplomatic Service as an Assistant Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry on 5 January 1981. In 1986, he was made Senior Project Manager, Economy and Public Policy Management at the National Institute of Public Administration where he co-authored two books namely "Dasar-Dasar Utama Kerajaan" (1997) and "Malaysia Kita" (1998).

After a short stint at the Ministry of Transport in 1992, his relentless pursuit of knowledge led him to obtain his Ph.D. in 1997 and upon returning from the United States, he began serving at Economic Planning Unit, Prime Minister's Department (PMD). He consecutively held the positions of Director of Disbursement Division and Deputy Director-General of the National Transformation and Advancement Program.

On 22 April 2009, Ali was appointed as the Director-General of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Unit, PMD, a central agency created to spearhead PPP initiatives namely privatisation projects, Private Finance Initiatives, corridor developments and facilitation funds. He was sworn in as the Chief Secretary to the Government on 23rd June 2012 before Prime Minister Najib Razak in Parliament.[3]

As the Chief Secretary, he is Chairman of the Malaysian Integrity Institute, Co-Chair of the Special Task Force to Facilitate Business, and Deputy Chairman of Johor Corporation. Ali was also a Director of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad, Member of Penang Port Commission and Member of the Board of Bumiputera Agenda Coordinating Unit.[citation needed]

In October 2017, he became first Malaysian to receive an honorary science doctorate from B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology in Chennai, India.[4]


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr Ali Hamsa dilantik Ketua Setiausaha Negara". Sinar Harian (in Malay). 19 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Strategies to Go". The Business Year - Malaysia 2016. British Virgin Islands: The Business Year International. 2016. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  3. ^ Ahmad, Zuhrin Azam (19 June 2012). "Dr Ali Hamsa to be sworn in as Chief Secretary on Thursday". Malaysian Star. Archived from the original on 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Ali Hamsa Receives Hon. Science Doctorate From Chennai University". BERNAMA. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  5. ^ "The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's 62nd birthday honours list". The Star. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Ketua Setiausaha Negara ketuai senarai penerima darjah kebesaran". Bernama (in Malay). Astro Awani. 1 June 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Some 320 individuals awarded in conjunction with Federal Territories Day". L. Suganya. The Star. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Tengku Sulaiman Shah heads Johor honours list". Bernama. The Star. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  9. ^ "KSN ketuai senarai penerima darjah kebesaran Kelantan". Bernama (in Malay). Sinar Harian. 11 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Idris leads Malacca awards list". The Star. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Tuanku Muhriz to give medals in conjunction with 65th birthday". The Star. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Abdullah heads awards list". The Star. 24 October 2006. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Najib heads Pahang honours list". Bernama. Utusan Malaysia. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Chief Secretary to Government leads Penang honours list". The Star. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Raja Nazrin: Take heed of roles to garner support". Ivan Loh. The Star. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  16. ^ "TYT wife heads honours list". Sandra Sokial. Borneo Post. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Masing and Uggah now Datuk Amar". The Star. 15 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  18. ^ "Ali Hamsa heads list of 102 Selangor awards". Bernama. Malay Mail. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
  19. ^ "Terengganu Sultan urges people to drop subsidy mentality". Bernama. Borneo Post. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2018.

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Preceded by
Mohd Sidek Hassan
Chief Secretary to the Government
Succeeded by