Johari Abdul Ghani

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Johari Abdul Ghani
جوهري بن عبدالغني
Minister of Plantation and Commodities
Assumed office
12 December 2023
Ibrahim Iskandar
(since 2024)
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
DeputyChan Foong Hin
Preceded byFadillah Yusof
Treasurer General of the Barisan Nasional
Assumed office
27 April 2023
ChairmanAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded byHishammuddin Hussein
Vice President of the
United Malays National Organisation
Assumed office
18 March 2023
PresidentAhmad Zahid Hamidi
Preceded byMahdzir Khalid
Chairman of the Task Force on the
1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal
Assumed office
10 March 2023
Ibrahim Iskandar
(since 2024)
Prime MinisterAnwar Ibrahim
Minister of Finance II
In office
27 June 2016 – 10 May 2018
Serving with Najib Razak (Minister of Finance)
MonarchsAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyOthman Aziz
Lee Chee Leong
Preceded byAhmad Husni Hanadzlah
Succeeded byAmir Hamzah Azizan
Deputy Minister of Finance
In office
29 July 2015 – 27 June 2016
Serving with Chua Tee Yong
MonarchAbdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterNajib Razak
(Minister of Finance)
Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah
(Minister of Finance II)
Preceded byAhmad Maslan
Succeeded byOthman Aziz
Chairman of the UDA Holdings Berhad
In office
8 July 2013 – 28 July 2015
MinisterNajib Razak
Preceded byNur Jazlan Mohamed
Succeeded byMohd Shafei Abdullah
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Titiwangsa
Assumed office
19 November 2022
Preceded byRina Harun
Majority4,632 (2022)
In office
5 May 2013 – 9 May 2018
Preceded byLo' Lo' Mohamad Ghazali (PAS)
Succeeded byRina Harun
Majority866 (2013)
Personal details
Johari bin Abdul Ghani

(1964-03-06) 6 March 1964 (age 59)
Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
(since 1988)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
(since 1998)
Spouse(s)Zurwati Haslinda Zainal Bahry, Nor Fairos Mohd Nasib
Residence(s)Desa Pandan, Kuala Lumpur
Alma materUniversiti Teknologi MARA
ProfessionChartered Accountant

Johari bin Abdul Ghani (Jawi: جوهري بن عبدالغني, Malay pronunciation: [johari]; born 6 March 1964) or more commonly known as Dato' Jo is a Malaysian politician and chartered accountant who has served as Minister of Plantation and Commodities in the Unity Government administration under Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim since December 2023, Chairman of the Task Force on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal (1MDB scandal) since March 2023[1] and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Titiwangsa from May 2013 to May 2018 and again since November 2022. He served as the Minister of Finance II in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Najib Razak from June 2016 to the collapse of the BN administration in May 2018, Deputy Minister of Finance in the BN administration under former Prime Minister and Minister Najib and former Minister II Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah from July 2015 to his promotion to Minister II in June 2016 as well as Chairman of the UDA Holdings Berhad from July 2013 to his resignation in July 2015. He is a member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the BN coalition. He has served as the Treasurer General of BN since April 2023[2] and Vice President of UMNO since March 2023. He is also presently the only BN MP in Klang Valley.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Kampung Pandan, Kuala Lumpur, Johari received his primary school education at Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Kampung Pandan (now known as SRK Tun Hussein Onn)[3] from 1971 to 1976 and pursued his studies at Sekolah Menengah Aminuddin Baki[4] in Kampung Pandan from 1977 until 1981. He continued his tertiary education at Institut Teknologi MARA (ITM),[5] Shah Alam from 1982 until 1985 and obtained his Diploma in Accounting. He then furthered his accounting studies in the UK, which qualified him for a membership to the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 1988 and awarded Fellowship of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants in 1993.

Profession and corporate career[edit]

Johari is a qualified Chartered Accountant and he is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.[6]

He started his career at an international accounting firm, Peat Marwick & Co. (now part of KPMG)[7] as an auditor. Johari was active in the corporate world for more than 25 years. He held several senior positions, including group managing director and chairman in several companies, both listed and unlisted in the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange. He also held positions as managing directors of companies involved in the fast food industries, manufacturing and agriculture.

Johari is active in various social and community services. He was appointed chairman of ‘Jawatankuasa Pemakanan Negara’ at the Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry. He was also a member of ‘Lembaga Pelawat Hospital Kuala Lumpur’ and member of ‘Jawatankuasa Badan Amal & Aduan Rakyat Wilayah Persekutuan’.

Moreover, Johari sits on the Malaysia Economic Council.[8] The council, which is chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, is responsible, among others, to formulate strategies to sustain the economic growth of Malaysia through foreign direct investment and domestic investments for the country and to monitor and analyze trends in the development of both global and domestic economy in order to formulate specific actions to spur the Malaysian economic growth.

Johari was also a member of the board of directors of Khazanah Nasional Berhad,[9] the sovereign wealth fund of the Government of Malaysia. He is also the chairman of the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA),[10] a government agency responsible for the development of the Langkawi Island as an international tourist destination. Johari was formerly the chairman of UDA Holdings Berhad, a government linked company that is involved in urban development. Datuk Seri Johari is a member of the board of trustees for the Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputera,[11] the parent company of Permodalan Nasional Berhad which manages more than RM250 billion unit trust funds in Malaysia. Johari is active in the Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (YPPB)[12] where he serves on the board of trustees. The YPPB is a strategic unit under the Prime Minister's Office established to strengthen Bumiputeras’ capability and expertise in the economy and education.

He is a founder and currently the chairman of Yayasan Bena Nusa and a board member of the Yayasan Pendidikan Titiwangsa, both of which were established to help to reduce urban poverty and improve educational outcomes for children of the urban poor.[13]

Political career[edit]

Member of Parliament (2013–2018, since 2022)[edit]

First term[edit]

Johari has been active in politics for more than 24 years since 1988. He has held various positions in UMNO and BN of Titiwangsa. In June 2010, he was made the Acting Chief of UMNO's Division of Titiwangsa and appointed as Barisan Nasional Coordinating Chairman for the Titiwangsa parliamentary constituency. Concerned with community issues raised by the Titiwangsa Parliament, he established a Community Service Center in Titiwangsa in July 2010. Amongst the major concerns of the Titiwangsa Parliament community were poverty, squatters’ settlement, infrastructure, vendors and others. The Community Service Center operated on Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

In the 2013 general election, Johari was nominated by BN to contest for the Titiwangsa federal seat. He won the seat and was elected as the Titiwangsa MP for the first term after defeating Ahmad Zamri Asa'ad Khuzaimi of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) by 866 votes.[14]

On 27 July 2015, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance.[15] Following a cabinet reshuffle on 27 June 2016, Johari was promoted to the Minister of Finance II.[16]

In the 2018 general election, Johari was renominated by BN to defend the Titiwangsa seat. He lost the seat and was not reelected as the Titiwangsa MP after losing to Rina Harun of Pakatan Harapan (PH) by a minority of 4,139 votes.[17]

Second term[edit]

In the 2022 general election, Johari was renominated by BN to contest for seat. He regained the seat and was reelected as Titiwangsa MP for the second term after defeating Khalid Abdul Samad of PH, Rosni Adam of Perikatan Nasional (PN) and Khairuddin Abu Hassan of the Homeland Fighters Party (PEJUANG) by a majority of 4,632 votes.

Minister of Plantation and Commodities (since 2023)[edit]

In a cabinet reshuffle on 12 November 2023, Johari was reappointed to the Cabinet as Minister of Plantation and Commodities to replace Fadillah Yusof who was appointed the Minister of Energy Transition and Public Utilities.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[18][19][20][21]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
2013 P119 Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur Johari Abdul Ghani (UMNO) 23,034 50.96% Ahmad Zamri Asa'ad Khuzaimi (PAS) 22,168 49.04% 45,631 866 82.54%
2018 Johari Abdul Ghani (UMNO) 19,701 39.10% Rina Harun (BERSATU) 23,840 47.31% 50,858 4,139 82.60%
Hj Mohamad Noor Mohamad (PAS) 6,845 13.59%
2022 Johari Abdul Ghani (UMNO) 25,042 41.15% Khalid Abdul Samad (AMANAH) 20,410 33.54% 60,858 4,632 75.37%
Rosni Adam (PAS) 15,418 23.86%
Khairuddin Abu Hassan (PEJUANG) 888 1.46%

Honours and awards[edit]

In recognition of his efforts in the areas of community, social, politics, corporate and business, he was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Negeri Selangor (D.S.I.S) by Sultan Sharifuddin Idris Shah of Selangor which carries the title Dato’ in 2003. In 2005, he was conferred the Darjah Kebesaran Persekutuan Panglima Jasa Negara (P.J.N.) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XII Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail which carries the title Datuk. On 1 February 2017, he was conferred with Darjah Seri Mahkota Wilayah (S.M.W.) by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV Sultan Muhammad V which carries the title Datuk Seri.[22]

Honour of Malaysia[edit]


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  5. ^ UiTM Official Page
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  7. ^ KPMG
  8. ^ Malaysia Economic Council Members
  9. ^ Khazanah Nasional
  10. ^ "Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)". Archived from the original on 14 April 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  11. ^ Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputera PNB
  12. ^ Yayasan Peneraju Pendidikan Bumiputera (YPPB)
  13. ^ Yayasan Bena Nusa
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  15. ^ Johari Appointed as Deputy Finance Minister
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