Richard Riot Jaem

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Yang Berhormat Datuk
Richard Riot Jaem
Malaysian Minister of Human Resources
Assumed office
16 May 2013
Preceded by Subramaniam Sathasivam
Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister
In office
4 June 2010 – 15 May 2013
Preceded by Lee Chee Leong
Succeeded by Hamzah Zainuddin
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Serian, Sarawak
Assumed office
Preceded by Lainus Andrew Luwak
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
Personal details
Born (1951-12-01) 1 December 1951 (age 65)
Serian, Crown Colony of Sarawak
Nationality Malaysian
Political party SUPP
Other political
Barisan Nasional
Spouse(s) Mincha @ Kayen Lingeng
Occupation Politician
Religion Christian (Roman Catholic)

Datuk Richard Riot Jaem (born 1 December 1951) is a Malaysian politician. He is the federal Minister for Human Resources and the Member of the 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 Foreign Minister 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. 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. Retrieved 11 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Suhaini Aznam (18 May 2008). "Hop-ing for a better future". The Star. Star Publications. 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.