List of Chief Ministers of Sarawak

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Chief Minister of Sarawak
Ketua Menteri Sarawak
Adenan Satem

since 1 March 2014
Government of Sarawak
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Member of Sarawak State Executive Council
Reports to Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
Residence Damai Jaya
Seat Wisma Bapa Malaysia
Appointer Abdul Taib Mahmud
as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak
Term length While commanding the confidence of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
With State Elections held no more than five years apart
Constituting instrument Constitution of the State of Sarawak
Inaugural holder Stephen Kalong Ningkan
Formation 22 July 1963; 52 years ago (1963-07-22)
Deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang

The Chief Minister of Sarawak is the head of government in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. According to convention, the Chief Minister is the leader of the majority party or largest coalition party of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly.

The 5th and current Chief Minister of Sarawak is Adenan Satem, who took office on 1 March 2014.


Source: Constitution of the State of Sarawak
According to the state constitution, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak shall first appoint the Chief Minister to preside over the Cabinet and requires such Chief Minister to be a member of the Legislative Assembly who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly and must not a Malaysian citizen by naturalization or by registration. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri on the Chief Minister's advice shall appoint not more than ten nor less than four Ministers from among the members of the Legislative Assembly.

The Chief Minister and his cabinet ministers must take and subscribe in the presence of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri the oath of office and allegiance as well as the oath of secrecy before they can exercise the functions of office. The Cabit shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly. The members of the Cabinet shall not hold any office of profit and engage in any trade, business or profession that will cause conflict of interest.

If a government cannot get its appropriation (budget) legislation passed by the Legislative Assembly, or the Legislative Assembly passes a vote of "no confidence" in the government, the Chief Minister is bound by convention to resign immediately, advise a state election or be dismissed by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri's choice of replacement chief minister will be dictated by the circumstances. Ministers other than the Chief Minister shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, unless the appointment of any Minister shall have been revoked by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri on the advice of the Chief Minister but may at any time resign his office.

Following a resignation in other circumstances, defeated in an election or the death of a chief minister, the Yang di-Pertua Negeri will generally appoint as Chief Minister the person voted by the governing party as their new leader.

List of Chief Ministers of Sarawak[edit]

The following is the list of Chief Ministers of Sarawak since 1963:[1][2]

Colour key
(for political parties)
Chief Minister Term of Office
Portrait Name
Political Party Took office Left office Days
1 Stephen Kalong Ningkan
Sarawak Alliance
22 July 1963 16 June 1966 1060
2 Tawi Sli
Sarawak Alliance
16 June 1966 7 September 1966 83
(1) Stephen Kalong Ningkan
Sarawak Alliance
7 September 1966 23 September 1966 16
(2) Tawi Sli
Sarawak Alliance
23 September 1966 7 July 1970 1383
3 Abdul Rahman Ya'kub
MLA for Kuala Rajang, 1969–1981
Sarawak Alliance
7 July 1970 26 March 1981 1383
(3) BN (PBB)
4 Abdul Taib Mahmud
(born 1936)
MLA for Sebandi, 1981–1991
MLA for Asajaya, 1991–2001
MLA for Balingian, 2001–2014
BN (PBB) 26 March 1981 28 February 2014 12027
5 Adenan Satem
(born 1944)
MLA for Muara Tuang, 1979–2006
MLA for Tanjung Datu, since 2006
BN (PBB) 28 February 2014 Incumbent 554


  1. ^ "Chief Minister Sarawak [sic]". Sarawak State Government. Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Sarawak". Retrieved 20 April 2011.