Richard Riot Jaem

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Yang Berhormat Dato' Sri
Richard Riot Jaem
Minister of Human Resources
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
Monarch Abdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Deputy Ismail Abdul Muttalib
Preceded by Subramaniam Sathasivam
Succeeded by M. Kulasegaran
Constituency Serian
Deputy President of Sarawak United Peoples' Party
Assumed office
12 December 2011
President Peter Chin Fah Kui
Sim Kui Hian
Preceded by Law Hieng Ding
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 June 2010 – 15 May 2013
Monarch Mizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime Minister Najib Razak
Minister Anifah Aman
Preceded by Lee Chee Leong
Succeeded by Hamzah Zainuddin
Constituency Serian
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Serian
Assumed office
Preceded by Lainus Andrew Luwak
Majority 2,685 (1990)
7,554 (1995)
8,451 (1999)
9,695 (2004)
13,427 (2008)
13,151 (2013)
9,905 (2018)
Personal details
Born Richard Riot anak Jaem
(1951-12-01) 1 December 1951 (age 66)
Serian, Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)
Nationality Malaysian
Political party Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Spouse(s) Mincha @ Kayen Lingeng
Occupation Politician

Dato' Sri Richard Riot anak Jaem (born 1 December 1951) is a Malaysian politician. He was the Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia until May 2018 and the Member of Parliament of Malaysia for the Serian constituency in Sarawak.[1] He has also served as Chairman of the Sarawak Rivers Board.[2] He is the Deputy President of the Sarawak United Peoples' Party (SUPP).

Parliamentary career[edit]

Riot first won the Serian seat in 1990 as an independent, but was elected in 1995 on a Barisan Nasional ticket.[3] After the 2008 election, there was speculation that Riot would defect to the opposition People's Justice Party; however, Riot denied the speculation and the move never materialised.[4][5]

Ministerial career[edit]

After serving for more than 20 years as a backbencher, Riot was appointed as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs in a minor Cabinet reshuffle on 1 June 2010.[6] In 2013 he was promoted to the full ministry as Minister for Human Resources.[7]

Party posts[edit]

During SUPP's triennial assembly in 2011, Riot was elected as the party's first non-Chinese deputy president.[8]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Serian, Sarawak[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1990 William Aham 7,664 41% Richard Riot Jaem (IND) 10,349 56%
1995 Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP) 12,116 59% Marcellus Munjan (IND) 4,562 22%
1999 Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP) 12,491 69% Anthony Polycarp Munjan (STAR) 4,040 22%
2004 Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP) 13,960 75% Henry Ginai Langgi (IND) 4,265 23%
2008 Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP) 15,793 85% Belayong Jayang (SNAP) 2,366 13%
2013 Richard Riot Jaem (SUPP) 19,494 74% Edward Andrew Luak (DAP) 6,343 24%



  1. ^ "DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Malaysia). Retrieved 26 September 2015.
  2. ^ Wong, Jack (4 November 2004). "Cut fares, boatmen warned". The Star. Star Publications. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 6 September 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for other candidates not listed).
  4. ^ "I'm not crossing over, says Serian MP". The Star. Star Publications. 23 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  5. ^ Suhaini Aznam (18 May 2008). "Hop-ing for a better future". The Star. Star Publications. Archived from the original on 22 June 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Appointment A Gawai Gift, says Riot". BERNAMA. 2 June 2010.
  7. ^ "Richard Riot Promoted To Full Minister". BERNAMA. 16 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Peter Chin elected SUPP chief". New Straits Times. 12 December 2011.
  9. ^ "The Yang di-Pertuan Agong's 62nd birthday honours list". The Star. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Artistes among those conferred titles in conjunction with Pahang Sultan's birthday". The Star. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  11. ^ "Former TYT leads Head of State's honours list". Borneo Post. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 14 October 2018.