Idris Jala

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Yang Berhormat Senator Dato' Sri
Idris Jala
Idris Jala - World Economic Forum on East Asia 2012.jpg
Idris Jala at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in 2012.
Minister in Prime Minister Department
Chief Executive of Service and Performance Management Unit
Assumed office
1 September 2009
Constituency Senator
CEO of Malaysia Airlines
In office
1 December 2005 – 31 August 2009
Succeeded by Azmil Zahruddin
MD of Sri Lanka Shell (1998–2000)
Retail Marketing VP of Shell International (2000–2002)
MD of Shell MDS (Malaysia) (2002–2005)
VP of Shell Malaysia Gas & Power (Malaysia) (2002–2005)
In office
Personal details
Nationality Malaysian
Political party Independent
Alma mater USM, Malaysia
Warwick University, UK
Religion Christian

Dato' Sri Idris Jala is the current Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister's Department and chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu). He is a Senator in the Dewan Negara, upper house of parliament.

Before that, Idris used to work for Shell. In 2005, the Malaysian government elected him as CEO of Malaysia Airlines due to massive losses of the company.[1] In February 2006, he announced the airline's business turnaround plan from a 9-month loss of USD400 million in 2005 to achieving a record profit of USD260 million in 2007.[2] He served until August of 2009.[1]

In May 2008, Idris appeared on national television announcing the airline's first ever 'zero fare' for domestic and a selection of international flights, a move that raised his spat between him and AirAsia's boss, Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes to a new level.

Idris Jala is a Kelabit from Sarawak and is a Christian.[3] He is one of the few non-Malay non-Muslims to have been appointed to head a GLC.[4]

Cabinet minister[edit]

As of September 2009, Idris was sworn in as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department. Idris was appointed Minister without Portfolio in the Prime Minister's Department and chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu). As CEO of Pemandu, the unit monitoring the implementation of the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) initiative, he will assist and report to Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department who is responsible for national unity and performance management.[5]

Idris Jala is also one of the line-up for the 2013 cabinet ministers.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Executive Profile Idris Jala". Bloomberg Business. 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Alex Dichter, Fredrik Lind, and Seelan Singham (November 2008). "Turning around a struggling airline: An interview with the CEO of Malaysia Airlines". McKinsey & Company. 
  3. ^ "The Journey Continues". IdrisJala.My. Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  4. ^ In Malaysia, Signs of Government Reform Asia Sentinel.
  5. ^ Idris Jala sworn in as minister The Star.
  6. ^ News."Malaysia’s new Cabinet", The Star 15 May 2013. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.