Hanifah Hajar Taib

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Hanifah Hajar Taib
Deputy Minister of Economy
Assumed office
10 December 2022
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
MinisterRafizi Ramli
Preceded byEddin Syazlee Shith
(Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy))
Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
(Sabah and Sarawak Affairs)
In office
30 August 2021 – 24 November 2022
Prime MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
MinisterMaximus Ongkili
Preceded byHerself
Succeeded byWilson Ugak Kumbong
In office
10 March 2020 – 16 August 2021
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
MinisterMaximus Ongkili
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byHerself
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Mukah
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byLeo Michael Toyad
Majority7,000 (2018)
15,686 (2022)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
2018Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
2018–Gabungan Parti Sarawak
Personal details
Hanifah Hajar Taib

(1972-08-28) 28 August 1972 (age 51)
Sarawak, Malaysia
Political partyParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)
Other political
PH-BN Unity Government (PH-BN)
(–2018, aligned:since 2022)
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)
(since 2018)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
(after 2000)
RelationsAbdul Taib Mahmud (father)
Alma materUniversity of San Francisco
  • politician
  • businesswoman

Dato[1] Hanifah Hajar Taib PSBS also known as Hanifah Hajar Taib-Alsree (born 1972[2]) is a Malaysian politician and businesswoman who has served as the Deputy Minister of Economy in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and Minister Rafizi Ramli since December 2022 and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mukah since May 2018. She served as the Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs for the second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob and Minister Maximus Ongkili from August 2021 to the collapse of the PN administration in November 2022 and the first term in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister Maximus Ongkili from March 2020 to August 2021. She is a member of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), a component party of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition and formerly BN coalitions.[1] She is also the daughter of Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak.


Hanifah is the youngest daughter of Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud, who was the longest-serving Chief Minister of Sarawak.[3] She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.[2]

Before venturing into politics, she spent about two decades working in different fields.[2] She serves as chief executive officer at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology as well as the Executive Director at Cats FM and Miri Marriott Resort & Spa.[4] She is also a shareholder of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad and the Non-Independent & non-executive director of Sarawak Cable Berhad.[2][4] She is also the Chairman of Pertubuhan Kebajikan Islam Malaysia (PERKIM) Wanita Bahagian Sarawak.[4]

Hanifah is married to a Singaporean businessman Datuk Syed Ahmad Alwee Alsree since 2000. In 2017, her wealth was estimated at RM 309 million, making her one of the richest women in Malaysia.[2]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[5]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballot cast Majority Turnout
2018 P213 Mukah, Sarawak Hanifah Hajar Taib (PBB) 13,853 66.90% Abdul Jalil Bujang (PKR) 6,853 33.10% 21,205 7,000 69.28%
2022 Hanifah Hajar Taib (PBB) 21,733 78.23% Abdul Jalil Bujang (PKR) 6,047 21.77% 28,167 15,686 59.155



  1. ^ a b "Portal Rasmi Parlimen Malaysia – Ahli Parlimen – YB DATO HAJJAH HANIFAH HAJAR TAIB". parlimen.gov.my (in Malay). Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ellia Pikri (26 July 2017). "Meet 9 of the Richest Women in Malaysia As of 2017". Vulcan Post. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  3. ^ Ellia Pikri (28 April 2018). "Hanifah wants to be out of her father's shadow". New Straits Times. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Sarawak Cable Bhd (SCABLE:Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange)". Bloomberg. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Federal Government Gazette – Results of Contested Election and Statements of the Poll after the Official Addition of Votes, Parliamentary Constituencies for the State of Sarawak [P.U. (B) 321/2018]" (PDF). Attorney General's Chambers of Malaysia. 28 May 2018. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 December 2019. Retrieved 1 August 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.