Maximus Ongkili

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Panglima
Maximus J. Ongkili
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Malaysian Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Preceded by Peter Chin Fah Kui
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kota Marudu, Sabah
Assumed office
Preceded by New constituency
Malaysian Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation.
In office
18 March 2008 – 5 May 2013
Preceded by Jamaluddin Jarjis
Succeeded by Ewon Ebin
Personal details
Born Maximus Johnity Ongkili
(1953-10-26) 26 October 1953 (age 63)
Jesselton, Crown Colony of North Borneo
Political party United Sabah Party
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Joan Maluda
Relations Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Jeffrey Kitingan (Uncles)
Children Rachel Jane Ongkili
Andreas Jordan Ongkili
Alma mater La Trobe University
Occupation Politician

Datuk Seri Panglima Maximus Johnity Ongkili (born 26 October 1953) is a Malaysian politician. He is the Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water and the member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the seat of Kota Marudu in Sabah. He is a member of the United Sabah Party (Malay:Parti Bersatu Sabah or PBS) in the governing Barisan Nasional coalition.[1]

Ongkili was born on 26 October 1953 in Kota Kinabalu but hails from the district of Tambunan in the interior part of the state. He is married with two children and has a Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Economics, conferred by Australia's La Trobe University.[2] He is a Christian.[3]

Ongkili is the nephew of current Deputy Chief Minister of Sabah Joseph Pairin Kitingan and Jeffrey Kitingan, who is a former vice-president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

In the Opposition[edit]

Ongkili was originally an opposition politician, but joined the government when the PBS joined the Barisan Nasional coalition in 2002.

In 1991 he was imprisoned under the Internal Security Act for 59 days.[4] This was part of political arrests carried out between 1990 and 1991 to crack down on opposition leaders in Sabah, Malaysia, and their alleged plans to secede the state from Malaysia, allegedly known as Operation Talkak. Seven men were detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA). (See also 1991 Sabah political arrests).

At the time of his arrest on 3 January 1991, Ongkili was a senior researcher and deputy chief director of IDS and electoral press consultant to then Chief Minister of Sabah Joseph Pairin Kitingan during the 1990 Sabah state and national elections. He was released unconditionally on 2 March.

In the Government[edit]

Ongkili entered Parliament in the 1995 election (at the time, the Kota Marudu seat was named Bandau). He was appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department after the 2004 election[5] by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's successor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Ongkili was placed in charge of National Unity, and headed the initiation of the Khidmat Negara conscription program.

Ongkili was also a member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly until the 2008 election, when he stood aside from his Tandek seat.[6]

As of 2008, Ongkili is Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation. Then after his winning in the 2013 General Election, Ongkili has been appointed as Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Kota Marudu/Bandau, Sabah[8]
Year Barisan Nasional Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1995 Jeffrey Kitingan (AKAR) 5,851 35% Maximus Ongkili (PBS) 10,716 63%
1999 Maijol Mahap (UPKO) 6,781 41% Maximus Ongkili (PBS) 8,465 51%
2004 Maximus Ongkili (PBS) 10,457 56% Anthony Biri Mandiau (IND) 7,268 39%
2008 Maximus Ongkili (PBS) 12,028 54% Anthony Biri Mandiau (PKR) 7,830 35%
2013 Maximus Ongkili (PBS) 15,168 45% Maijol Mahap (PKR) 14,326 43%


  1. ^ "Maximus @ Johnity Ongkili, Y.B. Datuk Dr." (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Hon. Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili MP MLA JP". United Sabah Party. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Malaysia's parliament deplores US-led strikes". The Star. Star Publications. 25 March 2003. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Ritikos, Jane (31 March 2004). "Ongkili gets his reward". The Star. Star Publications. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "A big honour for me, says Max". Daily Express (Malaysia). 28 March 2004. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "PBS Retains Old Guards, Introduces Two New Faces". Berita Wilayah Sabah. Bernama. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ongkili Takes Over Energy, Green Technology And Water Portfolio". BERNAMA. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 27 May 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).