President of the Dewan Negara

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President of the Dewan Negara
Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara
Incumbent
SA. Vigneswaran

since 26 April 2016
Dewan Negara
Style Tuan Yang di-Pertua (formal)
Tuan Speaker (informal and within the House)
Member of Committee of Selection,
Standing Orders Committee,
House Committee,
Committee of Privileges
Reports to Dewan Negara
Appointer Elected by members of the Dewan Negara
Term length Elected upon a vacancy
Constituting instrument Federal Constitution of Malaysia
Inaugural holder Abdul Rahman Mohamed Yasin
Formation 11 September 1959; 57 years ago (1959-09-11)
Deputy Abdul Halim Abdul Samad
Salary MYR 362,000 annually
Website Parliament of Malaysia
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The President of the Dewan Negara (Malay: Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara) is the presiding officer of the Dewan Negara, the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia.

The President of the Dewan Negara is created under Article 56 of the Constitution of Malaysia. The office is similar to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat: the President is elected by the members of the Dewan Negara and is expected to be politically impartial. If a member of the Dewan Negara is elected as the President and is a member of a state legislative assembly, he must resign from the assembly before exercising the functions of the office. As the President may hold different titles while in office, it also changes the style. The current President is Datuk SA. Vigneswaran. Therefore while in session, the Senators will call him as 'Datuk Yang di-Pertua' (Datuk President) or 'Tuan Yang di-Pertua' (Mr. President).

Functions[edit]

The main functions of the President of the Dewan Negara are:[1]

  • to preside over the sittings of the Dewan Negara
  • to be responsible for the observance of the rules in the Dewan Negara
  • to ensure the relevancy of the points raised during the debate
  • to interpret the Standing Orders in case of disputes and the decision is final

List of Presidents of the Dewan Negara[edit]

As of 2015, all Presidents of the Dewan Negara won unopposed in the presidential election.

Parliament # President Term start Term end
1st 1 Abdul Rahman Mohamed Yasin 11 September 1959 18 October 1965
2nd (1)
(1) 18 October 1965 31 December 1968
2 Syed Sheh Hassan Barakbah 27 January 1969 5 February 1969
3 Mohamad Noah Omar 24 February 1969 28 July 1970
3rd 4 Abdul Hamid Khan Sakhawat Ali Khan 20 February 1971 22 February 1973
5 Omar Yoke Lin Ong 23 February 1973 6 January 1975
4th (5)
(5) 6 January 1975 31 December 1980
5th (5)
6 Ismail Khan 5 January 1981 15 December 1983
6th (6)
(6) 15 December 1983 13 April 1985
7 Benedict Stephens 15 April 1985 11 April 1988
7th (7)
8 Ahmad Urai Mohideen 11 July 1988 9 July 1990
8th 9 Chan Choong Tak 17 December 1990 31 March 1992
10 Vadiveloo Govindasamy 13 April 1992 16 October 1994
(10) 16 October 1994 12 June 1995
9th 11 Adam Kadir 13 June 1995 30 November 1996
12 Mohamed Yaacob 10 December 1996 27 December 1999
10th (12) 27 December 1999 5 December 2000
13 Michael Chen Wing Sum 7 December 2000 11 April 2003
14 Abdul Hamid Pawanteh 7 July 2003 19 July 2006
11th (14)
(14) 19 July 2006 6 July 2009
12th (14)
15 Wong Foon Meng 7 July 2009 12 April 2010
16 Abu Zahar Ujang 26 April 2010 26 April 2013
(16) 26 April 2013 26 April 2016
13th (16)
17 Vigneswaran Sanasee 26 April 2016 Incumbent

Election results[edit]

Election Date Candidates Votes Nominated by Seconded by Clerk
11 September 1959 Abdul Rahman Mohamed Yasin Unopposed Leong Yew Koh Tan Tong Hye Ramli Abdul Hamid
15 October 1962
Pro Tempore Chairman
Sheikh Abu Bakar Yahya Unopposed Leong Yew Koh Tan Tong Hye Ahmad Abdullah
18 October 1965 Abdul Rahman Mohamed Yasin Unopposed Tan Tong Hye Amaluddin Darus Ahmad Abdullah
27 January 1969 Syed Sheh Hassan Barakbah Unopposed Abdul Ghafar Baba J. E. S. Crawford Ahmad Abdullah
24 February 1969 Mohamad Noah Omar Unopposed Abdul Ghafar Baba Pandak Hamid Puteh Jali Ahmad Abdullah
20 February 1971 Abdul Hamid Khan Sakhawat Ali Khan Unopposed Abdul Kadir Yusuf Tan Tong Hye Lim Joo Keng
23 February 1973 Omar Yoke Lin Ong Unopposed Abdul Kadir Yusuf Kamarul Ariffin Mohd Yassin Lim Joo Keng
6 January 1975 Omar Yoke Lin Ong Unopposed Athi Nahappan Pandak Hamid Puteh Jali Lim Joo Keng
5 January 1981 Ismail Khan Unopposed Mohamed Nasir Michael Wong Kuan Lee Ahmad Hasmuni Hussein
15 December 1983 Ismail Khan Unopposed James Peter Ongkili Ariffin Salleh Ahmad Hasmuni Hussein
15 April 1985 Benedict Stephens Unopposed Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Noor Tan Chang Soong Ahmad Hasmuni Hussein
11 July 1988 Ahmad Urai Mohideen Unopposed Kasitah Gaddam Hussein Ahmad Abdul Rahim Abu Bakar
17 December 1990 Chan Choong Tak Unopposed Mohamed Salleh Abu Bakar
13 April 1992 Vadiveloo Govindasamy Unopposed Mahathir Mohamad Ling Liong Sik Mohamad Salleh Abu Bakar
14 December 1994 Vadiveloo Govindasamy Unopposed Anwar Ibrahim Ling Liong Sik Mohamad Salleh Abu Bakar
13 June 1995 Adam Kadir Unopposed Anwar Ibrahim Samy Vellu Mohamad Salleh Abu Bakar
10 December 1996 Mohamed Yaacob Unopposed Anwar Ibrahim Chong Kah Kiat Abdullah Abdul Wahab
27 December 1999 Mohamed Yaacob Unopposed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Abdul Hamid Othman Abdullah Abdul Wahab
7 December 2000 Michael Chen Wing Sum Unopposed Ling Liong Sik Samy Vellu Abdullah Abdul Wahab
7 July 2003 Abdul Hamid Pawanteh Unopposed Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor M. Kayveas Abdullah Abdul Wahab
19 July 2006 Abdul Hamid Pawanteh Unopposed M. Kayveas Abdul Raman Suliman Zamani Sulaiman
7 July 2009 Wong Foon Meng Unopposed Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Ong Tee Keat Zamani Sulaiman
26 April 2010 Abu Zahar Ujang Unopposed Koh Tsu Koon Shahrizat Abdul Jalil Zamani Sulaiman
26 April 2016 Vigneswaran Sanasee Unopposed Azalina Othman Said J Loga Bala Mohan Riduan Rahmat

Deputy Presidents of the Dewan Negara[edit]

Parliament # Deputy President Term start Term end
3rd 1 S. O. K. Ubaidulla 22 March 1971 6 January 1975
4th (1) 6 January 1975 31 December 1980
5th (1)
2 Abdul Hamid Bidin 13 April 1981 28 July 1982
6th 3 Sulaiman Ninam Shah 14 December 1982 1 April 1985
4 Abang Ahmad Urai Abang Mohideen 29 July 1985 16 July 1987
7th (4)
(4) 16 July 1987 10 July 1988
5 Tan Peng Khoon 13 July 1988 27 December 1989
6 Chan Choong Tak 28 December 1989 16 December 1990
8th 7 Adam Kadir 13 April 1992 1 December 1994
(7) 14 December 1994 12 June 1995
9th 8 Michael Chen Wing Sum 29 May 1997 4 May 2000
10th (8)
(8) 4 May 2000 5 December 2000
9 Gapar Gurrohu 8 May 2001 22 October 2003
11th 10 Wong Foon Meng 7 June 2004 7 May 2007
12th (10)
(10) 7 May 2007 6 July 2009
11 Armani Mahiruddin 9 July 2009 20 December 2011
12 Doris Sophia Brodi 26 January 2012 12 March 2013
(12) 12 March 2013 11 March 2016
13th (12)
13 Abdul Halim Abdul Samad 18 April 2016 Incumbent

Election results[edit]

Election Date Candidates Votes Nominated by Seconded by
27 December 1962 Sheikh Abu Bakar Yahya Unopposed Leong Yew Koh S. O. K. Ubaidulla
22 March 1971 S. O. K. Ubaidulla Unopposed Abdul Kadir Yusuf Tan Tong Hye
6 January 1975 S. O. K. Ubaidulla Unopposed Abdul Rahim Manan Lim Ah Sitt
13 April 1981 Abdul Hamid Bidin Unopposed Mohamed Nasir Law Hieng Ding
14 December 1982 Sulaiman Ninam Shah Unopposed Mohamed Nasir Kam Woon Wah
29 July 1985 Abang Ahmad Urai Abang Mohideen Unopposed Mohamed Yusof Mohamed Noor Paramjit Singh
16 July 1987 Abang Ahmad Urai Abang Mohideen Unopposed Hussein Ahmad Bee Yang Sek
13 July 1988 Tan Peng Khoon Unopposed Kasitah Gaddam Hussein Ahmad
28 December 1989 Chan Choong Tak Unopposed Suleiman Mohamed K. S. Nijhar
13 April 1992 Adam Kadir Unopposed Mahathir Mohamad Ling Liong Sik
14 December 1994 Adam Kadir Unopposed Anwar Ibrahim Ling Liong Sik
29 May 1997 Michael Chen Wing Sum Unopposed Osu Sukam Ting Chew Peh
4 May 2000 Michael Chen Wing Sum Unopposed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Musa Mohamed
8 May 2001 Gapar Gurrohu Unopposed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Pandikar Amin Mulia
7 June 2004 Wong Foon Meng Unopposed Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Chan Chee Tee
7 May 2007 Wong Foon Meng Unopposed Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Abdul Raman Suliman
9 July 2009 Armani Mahiruddin Unopposed Koh Tsu Koon Jamil Khir Baharom
26 January 2012 Doris Sophia Brodi Unopposed Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Koh Tsu Koon
12 March 2013 Doris Sophia Brodi Unopposed Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz Koh Tsu Koon
18 April 2016 Abdul Halim Abdul Samad Unopposed Azalina Othman Said Mustapa Mohamed

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ President of the Senate, Parliament of Malaysia

External links[edit]