Osu Sukam

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Yang Berbahagia Datuk Seri
Osu Sukam
12th Chief Minister of Sabah
In office
Preceded by Bernard Dompok
Succeeded by Chong Kah Kiat
Personal details
Born Osu bin Sukam
(1949-02-19) 19 February 1949 (age 68)
Papar, Crown Colony of North Borneo
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Religion Islam

Datuk Seri Osu bin Haji Sukam, is a former Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah. He became the 12th Chief Minister of the state in 1999 and took over the post from Bernard Dompok. Following the rotation system in place at that time, Osu, an ethnic Bajau, held the post for two years representing the Muslim bumiputras of Sabah. In 2001, he was replaced by Chong Kah Kiat. Until 14 July 2005, he was a member of a ruling United Malays National Organisation party, which he resigned from due to gambling debts totalling at least USD$1.8 million he accumulated from Ritz Hotel Casino in London and another casino.[1] He bears a striking resemblance to Roland Gift, the lead singer of the pop group the Fine Young Cannibals.

Gambling Debt[edit]

The casino obtained a judgment in the High Court in England to recover debts owed by Osu. The casino sought to enforce the judgment in Malaysia by registering the judgment in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in July 2005. The High Court at Kota Kinabalu refused to register the judgment on grounds of public policy. However, in 2007, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the casino allowing the debt to be recovered.[2]


  1. ^ "Osu's Gambling Debts Shocked His Supporters", Bernama, 17 July 2005.
  2. ^ "Casino wins appeal to recover debt", The Star. 7 February 2007.
Preceded by
Bernard Giluk Dompok
Chief Minister of Sabah
Succeeded by
Chong Kah Kiat