Jamaluddin Jarjis

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This is a Malay name; the name Mohd Jarjis is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Jamaluddin.
Yang Berbahagia Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Ir. Hj.
Jamaluddin Mohd. Jarjis
Barack Obama and Jamaluddin Jarjis.jpg
Jamaluddin with US president Barack Obama in 2009
Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation
In office
24 March 2004 – 17 March 2008
Succeeded by Maximus Ongkili
Member of Parliament for Rompin
In office
1990 – 4 April 2015
Preceded by Mohamed Amin Daud
Succeeded by Hasan Arifin
Personal details
Born (1951-05-25)25 May 1951
Pekan, Pahang, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)
Died 4 April 2015(2015-04-04) (aged 63)
Semenyih, Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Resting place Makam Pahlawan, Masjid Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political party United Malays National OrganisationBarisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Kalsom Ismail
Children Ikhwan Hafiz
Nur Anis
2 others
Alma mater University of Manchester
University of Manitoba
McGill University
Occupation Politician, diplomat
Profession Engineer
Religion Sunni Islam

Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr. Ir. Hj. 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 US.[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 Jarjis completed his secondary education in Sultan Abu Bakar School (SABS), Kuantan


On 4 April 2015, Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed when a 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.[5][6] His body was buried at Makam Pahlawan, located inside Masjid Negara compound, Kuala Lumpur.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Rompin, Pahang[8]
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%