Rohani Abdul Karim

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Rohani Abdul Karim
روحاني بنت عبدالكريم
Rohani in 2022
Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
In office
16 May 2013 – 10 May 2018
MonarchsAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
DeputyAzizah Mohd Dun
Chew Mei Fun
Preceded byNajib Razak (Acting)
Succeeded byWan Azizah Wan Ismail
ConstituencyBatang Lupar
Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism
In office
4 June 2010 – 15 May 2013
Serving with Tan Lian Hoe
MonarchsMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byAhmad Bashah Md Hanipah
ConstituencyBatang Lupar
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries
In office
19 March 2008 – 4 June 2010
Serving with Mohd Johari Baharum
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterMustapa Mohamed
Noh Omar
Preceded byShariff Omar
Mah Siew Keong
Succeeded byChua Tee Yong
ConstituencyBatang Lupar
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Batang Lupar
In office
21 March 2004 – 19 November 2022
Preceded byWan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Succeeded byMohamad Shafizan Kepli
MajorityWalkover (2004)
8,092 (2008)
10,964 (2013)
10,277 (2018)
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Santubong
In office
21 October 1990 – 21 March 2004
Preceded bySulaiman Daud
Succeeded byWan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar
Majority7,368 (1990)
9,911 (1995)
1,895 (1999)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1990–2018Barisan Nasional
2018Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
2018–2022Gabungan Parti Sarawak
Personal details
Rohani binti Abdul Karim

(1955-01-03) 3 January 1955 (age 69)
Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)
Political partyParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)
(since 2018)
Alma materUniversiti Pertanian Malaysia
Ohio University

Dato’ Sri Hajah Rohani binti Abdul Karim (Jawi: روحاني بنت عبدالكريم; born 3 January 1955) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak and former Ministers Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Mustapa Mohamed and Noh Omar from March 2008 to the collapse of the BN administration in May 2018 as well as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Batang Lupar from March 2004 to November 2022 and for Santubong from October 1990 to March 2004. She is a member of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), a component party of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) and formerly BN coalitions.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

She was born on 3 January 1955 in Simanggang (now known as Sri Aman), Sarawak. She received her early education at SMK Methodist, Sibu. She has continued her education at Universiti Pertanian Malaysia in the field of agro-industry. She then resumed her studies until she obtained her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Ohio University, Athens, USA. She has three children.

Participation in politics[edit]

Become Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister[edit]

In the 1990 general election, Rohani was elected as a candidate and won the Santubong parliamentary seat.

In the 1995 and 1999 general election, she was still able to defend the Santubong Parliamentary seat. In the 2004 general election, she had switched to the Batang Lupar, Sri Aman, Sarawak, where she was born, and won uncontested.

She once again won the Batang Lupar parliamentary seat against opposition party representatives in the 2008 general election with 70 percent of her vote in favour of her. Later she was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry by the Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

On April 9, 2009, Malaysia's sixth Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who just held the leadership of the country at that time, entrusted her to take over Tan Lian Hoe's duties as Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism.

On May 15, 2013, she was appointed Women and Family Development Minister in the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development. She started her official duties as Minister on 17 May 2013.

Batang Lupar Member of Parliament[edit]

She is well-known for her outgoing personality in her constituency Batang Lupar. Her role as Deputy Minister meant most of her time was spent in Malaya. However, it did not stop her from going to the ground and meet with her constituents. Rohani is also IT-savvy, as evidenced by her frequent updates on her Twitter and Facebook pages.

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[3]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 P155 Santubong, Sarawak Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 10,200 78.27% Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Sanusi (PERMAS) 2,832 21.73% 13,256 7,368 70.66%
1995 P167 Santubong, Sarawak Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 11,702 86.73% Paruwadi Musa (IND) 1,791 13.27% 14,060 9,911 64.16%
1999 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 7,955 56.76% Hussaini Hamdan (keADILan) 6,060 43.24% 14,225 1,895 67.55%
2004 P201 Batang Lupar, Sarawak Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) Unopposed
2008 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 11,015 77.64% Abang Eddy Allyanni (PAS) 2,923 20.60% 14,393 8,092 64.21%
Ali Semsu (IND) 250 1.76%
2013 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 15,625 77.02% Abang Zulkifli bin Abang Engkeh (PKR) 4,661 22.98% 20,754 10,964 75.86%
2018 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 14,204 70.49% Wan Abdillah Wan Ahmad (PAS) 3,927 19.49% 20,603 10,277 69.11%
Narudin Mentali (AMANAH) 2,020 10.02%



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  2. ^ "Rohani binti Haji Abd. Karim, Y.B. Datuk Hajah" (in Malay). Parliament of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 25 December 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 13 April 2010. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  4. ^ "Former TYT leads Head of State's honours list". Borneo Post. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
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