List of Menteris Besar of Negeri Sembilan

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Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Coat of arms of Negeri Sembilan.svg
Mohamad Hasan

since 25 March 2004
Government of Negeri Sembilan
Style Yang Amat Berhormat (The Most Honourable)
Member of Negeri Sembilan State Executive Council
Reports to Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly
Residence Kampung Tanjung, Rantau, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Seat Tingkat 5B, Wisma Negeri, 70502 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
Appointer Muhriz of Negeri Sembilan
Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
Term length While commanding the confidence of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly
With State Elections held no more than five years apart
Inaugural holder Abdul Malek Yusuf
Formation 1 February 1948; 69 years ago (1948-02-01)

The Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan is the head of government in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan. According to convention, the Menteri Besar is the leader of the majority party or largest coalition party of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly.

The 10th and current Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan is Mohamad Hasan, who took office on 25 March 2004.


According to the state constitution, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan shall first appoint the Menteri Besar to preside over the Executive Council and requires such Menteri Besar 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, must be an ethnic Malay who professes the religion of Islam and must not a Malaysian citizen by naturalisation or by registration. The Yang di-Pertuan Besar on the Menteri Besar's advice shall appoint not more than ten nor less than four members from among the members of the Legislative Assembly.

The member of the Executive Council must take and subscribe in the presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar the oath of office and allegiance as well as the oath of secrecy before they can exercise the functions of office. The Executive Council shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly. The members of the Executive Council 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 Menteri Besar is bound by convention to resign immediately. The Yang di-Pertuan Besar's choice of replacement Menteri Besar will be dictated by the circumstances. A member of the Executive Council other than the Menteri Besar shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar, unless the appointment of any member of the Executive Council shall have been revoked by the Yang di-Pertuan Besar on the advice of the Menteri Besar but may at any time resign his office.

Following a resignation in other circumstances, defeated in an election or the death of the Menteri Besar, the Yang di-Pertuan Besar will generally appoint as Menteri Besar the person voted by the governing party as their new leader.


The power of the Menteri Besar is subject to a number of limitations. Menteri Besar removed as leader of his or her party, or whose government loses a vote of no confidence in the Legislative Assembly, must advise a state election or resign the office or be dismissed by the Yang di-Pertuan Besar. The defeat of a supply bill (one that concerns the spending of money) or unable to pass important policy-related legislation is seen to require the resignation of the government or dissolution of Legislative Assembly, much like a non-confidence vote, since a government that cannot spend money is hamstrung, also called loss of supply.

The Menteri Besar's party will normally have a majority in the Legislative Assembly and party discipline is exceptionally strong in Negeri Sembilan politics, so passage of the government's legislation through the Legislative Assembly is mostly a formality.

Caretaker Menteri Besar[edit]

The legislative assembly unless sooner dissolved by the Yang di-Pertuan Besar with His Majesty's own discretion on the advice of the Menteri Besar shall continue for five years from the date of its first meeting. The state constitution permits a delay of 60 days of general election to be held from the date of dissolution and the legislative assembly shall be summoned to meet on a date not later than 120 days from the date of dissolution. Conventionally, between the dissolution of one legislative assembly and the convening of the next, the Menteri Besar and the executive council remain in office in a caretaker capacity.

List of Menteris Besar of Negeri Sembilan[edit]

The following is the list of Menteris Besar of Negeri Sembilan since 1948:[1]

Colour key (for political parties):
  Alliance Party   Barisan Nasional

Portrait Name
Political party[a] Term of office Electoral
Abdul Malek Yusuf
UMNO 1 February 1948 11 August 1950
Mohamad Salleh Sulaiman
(b. unknown–d. unknown)
UMNO 11 August 1950 1 January 1951
Abdul Malek Yusuf
UMNO 1 August 1951 15 April 1952
Abdul Aziz Abdul Majid
UMNO 15 April 1952 1 October 1952
Abdul Malek Yusuf
(b. unknown–d. unknown)
UMNO 1 October 1952 1 October 1953
Shamsuddin Naim
(b. unknown–d. unknown)
Alliance (UMNO) 1 October 1953 31 January 1959
Mohamad Shariff Abdul Samad
(b. unknown–d. unknown)
Alliance (UMNO) 1 April 1959 23 June 1959
Mohamed Said Muhammad
(b. unknown–1996)
MLA for Linggi, 1959–1969
Alliance (UMNO) 23 June 1959 10 May 1969

1959 (1st)
1964 (2nd)

Mansor Othman
MLA for Sri Menanti, 1969–1978
Alliance (UMNO) 10 May 1969 12 July 1978

1969 (3rd)
1974 (4th)

Rais Yatim cropped.jpg Rais Yatim
(b. 1942)
MLA for Pertang, 1978–1982
BN (UMNO) 12 July 1978 29 April 1982

1978 (5th)

Mohd Isa Abdul Samad
(b. 1949)
MLA for Linggi, 1978–2004
BN (UMNO) 29 April 1982 25 March 2004

1982 (6th)
1986 (7th)
1990 (8th)
1995 (9th)
1999 (10th)

Mohamad Hasan
(b. 1956)
MLA for Rantau, since 2004
BN (UMNO) 25 March 2004 Incumbent

2004 (11th)
2008 (12th)
2013 (13th)

  1. ^ This column names only the Menteri Besar's party. The state government he heads may be a complex coalition of several parties and independents; those are not listed here.

Living former Menteris Besar[edit]

Name Term of office Date of birth
Rais Yatim 1978–1982 15 April 1942 (age 75)
Mohd Isa Abdul Samad 1982–2004 14 November 1949 (age 68)


  1. ^ "Negeri Sembilan". Retrieved 16 June 2011.