Idris Jala

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Yang Berbahagia 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
In office
1 September 2009 – 2 September 2015
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
Born Idris Jala
21 August 1958
Bario, Sarawak, Malaysia
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party Independent
Alma mater USM, Malaysia
Warwick University, UK

Dato' Sri Idris Jala (born 21 August 1958) is a former Malaysian cabinet minister. He served in the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department under Najib Razak as the chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) from 2009 till 2015. He was also a Senator in the Dewan Negara from 2009 till 2015.

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 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; 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. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  4. ^ In Malaysia, Signs of Government Reform Asia Sentinel.
  5. ^ Idris Jala sworn in as minister Archived 5 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine. The Star.
  6. ^ News."Malaysia’s new Cabinet", The Star 15 May 2013. Retrieved on 15 May 2013.