Jamaluddin Jarjis

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Jamaluddin Mohd Jarjis

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Jamaluddin with US president Barack Obama in 2009
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
In office
24 March 2004 – 17 March 2008
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byLaw Hieng Ding
Succeeded byMaximus Ongkili
Second Minister of Finance
In office
20 November 2002 – 26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
Preceded byMustapa Mohamed
Succeeded byNor Mohamed Yakcop
Member of Parliament for Rompin
In office
1990 – 4 April 2015
Preceded byMohamed Amin Daud
Succeeded byHasan Arifin
Personal details
Born(1951-05-25)25 May 1951
Pekan, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died4 April 2015(2015-04-04) (aged 63)
Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Resting placeMakam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National OrganisationBarisan Nasional
Spouse(s)Kalsom Ismail
Alma materUniversity of Manchester
University of Manitoba
McGill University
OccupationPolitician, diplomat

Jamaluddin bin Mohd Jarjis (25 May 1951 – 4 April 2015) was a Malaysian politician, diplomat and Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. He served as the Chairman of the 1 Malaysia Peoples' Housing (PR1MA) and Malaysian special envoy to the U.S.[1]

Political career[edit]

Jamaluddin was a Member of Parliament for Rompin, Pahang from 1990 until his death.[2] He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in May 2000.

While serving as Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Jamaluddin oversaw the Angkasawan program, which resulted in Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor becoming the first Malaysian in space on 10 October 2007, when he blasted off to the International Space Station on board Soyuz TMA-11.[3]

Cabinet positions[edit]

Jamaluddin held various positions in the Cabinet of Malaysia:

  • Second Minister of Finance (November 2002 – January 2004)
  • Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (January 2004 – March 2004)
  • Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (March 2004 – March 2008)
  • Ambassador of Malaysia to the United States (July 2009 – February 2012)


Jamaluddin was married to a dentist, Puan Sri Datin Sri Dr. Kalsom Ismail, a renowned hardliner. They had three children.[2][4]

Jamaluddin died in April 2015. In August 2018, his 83-year-old mother Aminah Abdullah has sought the Syariah Court to issue a faraid (Islamic wealth distribution) certificate to seek her share of her late son's estate said to be worth at least RM2.1 billion.[5][6]


Jamaluddin Jarjis completed his secondary education in Sultan Abu Bakar School (SABS), Kuantan


On 4 April 2015, Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed when an AS 3655N2 Dauphin (Registration Number 9M-1GB) crashed into a jungle at Jalan Sungai Lalang in Kampung Pasir Baru near Semenyih, Selangor. Among those were killed including a businessman, CEO of SP Baiduri Sdn Bhd, Tan Huat Seang and also a Private Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Azlin Alias.[7][8] His body was buried at Makam Pahlawan, located inside Masjid Negara compound, Kuala Lumpur.[9]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Rompin, Pahang[10]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1990 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 20,994 71% Salim Ahmad (PAS) 17,579 26%
1995 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 18,531 73% Yahya Awang (PAS) 5,706 23%
1999 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 15,907 60% Mazlan Mohamed Yasin (PAS) 9,879 37%
2004 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 19,359 64% Sukri Ahmad (PAS) 10,009 33%
2008 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 21,308 65% Mazlan Mohamed Yasin (PAS) 10,629 32%
2013 Jamaluddin Jarjis (UMNO) 30,040 66.8% Nuridah Mohd Salleh (PAS) 14,926 33.2%


Honours of Malaysia[edit]


  1. ^ "PR1MA wujud imbangan pembelaan". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 6 February 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Two new Ministers, one new deputy". The Star. Star Publications. 20 November 2002. Archived from the original on 30 November 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
  3. ^ Bernama First Malaysian Goes Into Space, Nation Sets History[permanent dead link] 10 October 2007
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 5 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "(Update) Jamaluddin Jarjis' mother seeks share of son's RM2 billion estate". Nor Azura Abdul Jalil and Rahmat Khairulrijal. New Straits Times. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Jamaluddin Jarjis RM2 Billion Fortune Opens Up A Can Of Worms – 22 Landed Properties In Malaysia , Properties In The US And Mecca , 19 Companies & 21 Bank Accounts". The Coverage. 20 October 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Chopper crash: Jamaluddin Jarjis, five others killed - Nation - The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my.
  9. ^ "Semenyih crash: Jamaluddin laid to rest at National Mausoleum - Nation - The Star Online". www.thestar.com.my.
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".