Rohani Abdul Karim

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Rohani Abdul Karim
روحاني بنت عبدالكريم
Ministerial roles
1999–2004Parliamentary Secretary of Rural Development
2004–2008Parliamentary Secretary of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
2008–2010Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries
2010–2013Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism
2013–2018Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1990–2018Barisan Nasional
2018Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
2018–Gabungan Parti Sarawak
Personal details
Rohani binti Abdul Karim

(1955-01-03) 3 January 1955 (age 67)
Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)
Political partyParti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (until 2018)
Sarawak Parties Alliance (GPS) (2018-present)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-present)
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. She is currently the Member of Parliament of Malaysia for the Batang Lupar constituency in Sarawak, representing the United Traditional Bumiputera Party (PBB). In 2013, she was appointed as the federal Minister of Women, Family and Community Development[1] in the Barisan Nasional coalition government, having previously served as Deputy Minister for Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism and Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries.[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: Santubong, Sarawak[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1990 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 10,200 77% Wan Zainal Abidin Wan Sanusi (PERMAS) 2,832 21%
1995 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 11,702 83% Paruwadi Musa (IND) 1,791 13%
1999 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 7,955 56% Hussaini Hamdan (PKR) 6,060 43%
Parliament of Malaysia: Batang Lupar, Sarawak[3]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) Unopposed
2008 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 11,015 77% Abang Eddy Allyanni (PAS) 2,923 20%
2013 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 15,625 77% Abang Zulkifli bin Abang Engkeh (PKR) 4,661 23%
2018 Rohani Abdul Karim (PBB) 14,204 70% Wan Abdillah Wan Ahmad (PAS) 3,927 19%
Narudin Mentali (AMANAH) 2,020 10%



  1. ^ "Najib Announces List of Members of His Transformation Cabinet". Bernama. 15 May 2013. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  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. ^ a b "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.