Noriah Kasnon

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This is a Malay name; the name Kasnon is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Noriah.
Tan Sri Dato' Hajjah
Noriah Kasnon
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Sungai Besar, Selangor
In office
21 March 2004 – 5 May 2016
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Budiman Mohd Zohdi
Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities of Malaysia
In office
16 May 2014 – 5 May 2016
Preceded by Hamzah Zainudin
G. Palanivel
Personal details
Born Noriah binti Kasnon
(1964-01-02)2 January 1964
Tanjung Karang, Selangor, Malaysia
Died 5 May 2016(2016-05-05) (aged 52)
near Sebuyau, Sarawak, Malaysia
Political party BNUMNO
Spouse(s) Asmuni Abdullah
Alma mater Tunku Kurshiah College, Negeri Sembilan
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Tan Sri Dato' Hajjah Noriah binti Kasnon (2 January 1964 – 5 May 2016) was the Member of the Parliament of Malaysia for the Sungai Besar constituency in Selangor, Malaysia. She was a member of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party and was a Deputy Minister in the Barisan Nasional government of Najib Tun Razak.

Noriah was elected to Parliament in the 2004 election for the newly created seat of Sungai Besar.[1] She has since served as a deputy minister in a range of portfolios, including Energy, Green Technology and Water,[2] and Women, Family and Community Development.[3] In May 2013, she was appointed Deputy Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities.[4]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: P93 Sungai Besar, Selangor[1][5]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Majoriti
2004 Noriah Kasnon (UMNO) 15,337 64% Sallehen Mukhyi (PAS) 7,988 33% 7,349
2008 Noriah Kasnon (UMNO) 16,069 58% Osman Sabran (PAS) 11,060 40% 5,009
2013 Noriah Kasnon (UMNO) 18,695 49% Mohamed Salleh M Husin (PAS) 18,296 48% 399


Noriah and her husband, Asmuni Abdullah died in an AS 350 helicopter crash near Sebuyau, Sarawak. They were travelling with several other government officials from Betong to Kuching on 5 May 2016 when the helicopter lost contact with ground officials. Debris was found near Batang Lupar river the following day. The crash also killed Dato' Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, the member of Parliament for Kuala Kangsar, Perak, Chairman of Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Secretary-General of Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai.[6][7][8] Her remains were flown back to Selangor and buried at the Muslim Cemetery in Batu 12 Sungai Burong, Sabak Bernam.[9][8]


On 4 June 2016, in conjunction with the birthday of the 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah has conferred Noriah Kasnon the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) award posthumostly, which carries the title "Tan Sri".[10][11][12]


  1. ^ a b "Malaysia Decides 2008 (includes 2004 results)". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Abd Ghani, Rashidah (30 December 2009). "More Recognition For Women in 2009". Bernama. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Noriah: Jail and fine for offenders". The Star. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "New cabinet reflects election results". The Mole. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 14 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  6. ^ "Copter crash: Tragedy strikes fear among campaigners". The Star Online. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Condolence messages, tributes pour in for Noriah Kasnon". Free Malaysia Today. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Tiga jenazah nahas helikopter dikebumikan hari ini". Bernama. Malaysiakini. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2016. 
  9. ^ "Noriah Kasnon's remains laid to rest". The Malay Mail. 7 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016. 
  10. ^ "1,546 honoured on King's birthday". Bernama. The Star. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Attorney-general heads recipients of 2016 federal awards, honours". Bernama. Malaysiakini. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Peguam Negara dahului senarai penerima darjah kebesaran". Bernama. Berita Harian. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.