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Ronald Kiandee

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Ronald Kiandee
Ronald Kiandee in the Polish Senate (2013)
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries
In office
30 August 2021 – 24 November 2022
Prime MinisterIsmail Sabri Yaakob
DeputyAhmad Hamzah
Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh
Preceded byHimself
Succeeded byMohamad Sabu
(Minister of Agriculture and Food Security)
In office
10 March 2020 – 16 August 2021
Prime MinisterMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyAhmad Hamzah
Che Abdullah Mat Nawi
Preceded bySalahuddin Ayub
as Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Succeeded byHimself
Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat
In office
28 April 2008 – 10 May 2018
Serving with Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (2008–2013)
Ismail Mohamed Said (2013–2018)
MonarchsMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
SpeakerPandikar Amin Mulia
Preceded byYusof Yacob
Succeeded byMohd Rashid Hasnon
Chairman of the
Public Accounts Committee
In office
7 August 2018 – 11 April 2019
Nominated byMahathir Mohamad
Appointed byMohamad Ariff Md Yusof
DeputyWong Kah Woh
Preceded byHasan Arifin
Succeeded byNoraini Ahmad
Vice-President of the
Malaysian United Indigenous Party
Assumed office
23 August 2020
Serving with Radzi Jidin &
Mohd Rafiq Naizamohideen (2020–2022)
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
2nd State Chairman of the
Malaysian United Indigenous Party of Sabah
Assumed office
11 December 2022
PresidentMuhyiddin Yassin
DeputyAksyah Nasrah
Preceded byHajiji Noor
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Beluran
Assumed office
29 November 1999
Preceded byAsmat Nungka
Majority1,276 (1999)
Walkover (2004)
4,352 (2008)
9,988 (2013)
7,115 (2018)
1,594 (2022)
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1999–2018Barisan Nasional
2019–2020Pakatan Harapan
2020Malaysian United Indigenous Party
2020–Perikatan Nasional
Personal details
Ronald Kiandee

(1961-01-10) 10 January 1961 (age 63)
Beluran, Sandakan, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation of Sabah (Sabah UMNO)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party of Sabah (Sabah BERSATU)
(since 2019)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Perikatan Nasional (PN)
(since 2020)
Alma materUniversiti Putra Malaysia (BSc)
Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (MBA)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (PhD)

Ronald Kiandee (born 10 January 1961) is a Malaysian politician. A member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) and its Vice President since August 2020 and 2nd State Chairman of Sabah since December 2022, he has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Beluran since November 1999. He served as Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries in the Perikatan Nasional (PN) administration under former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin from March 2020 to the collapse of the PN administration in August 2021. He was reappointed to the same post for a second term in the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration under former Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob from August 2021 until the dissolution of the BN government in November 2022, when BN lost its reelection campaign in the 2022 general election. Prior to serving in the Cabinet, Kiandee was the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration from 2018 to 2019 and Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat in the BN administration from 2008 to 2018.[1] He is presently the sole MP of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party of Sabah (Sabah BERSATU) and one of the only two Christian MPs of PN alongside Ali Biju.

Early life[edit]

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in political sociology from Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Political career[edit]

Kiandee was elected to Dewan Rakyat first in the 1999 election.[2] He was Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat from April 2008 until the Barisan Nasional (BN) administration lost its re-election campaign in May 2018. Kiandee then served as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) from 2018 to 2019.[3][4]

Kiandee left United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in the opposition Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to become an Independent on 12 December 2018, before later joining BERSATU.[5] After the then chairman of BERSATU Sabah, Hajiji Noor, announced on 10 December 2022 that all MPs and MLAs of BERSATU had quit the party and joined Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) coalition as a direct member in line of the federal coalition of GRS+PH+BN+ Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Ronald announced he would stay in the party, and succeeded Hajiji as the chairman of BERSATU Sabah and PN Sabah.[6]

Election results[edit]

Sabah State Legislative Assembly
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1990 Sugut Ronald Kiandee (AKAR) 231 6.80% Jublee Zen (PBS) 1,666 49.06% 3,289 459 69.62%
Musa Aman (USNO) 1,207 35.54%
Abdul Rahman Atang (BERJAYA) 114 3.36%
Julius Niyo (PRS) 71 2.09%
Parliament of Malaysia[7][8]
Year Constituency Candidate Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P159 Beluran Ronald Kiandee (UMNO) 6,562 54.38% Dennis Rantau (PBS) 5,286 43.81% 12,231 1,276 65.79%
Liew Teck Khen (IND) 219 1.81%
2004 P183 Beluran Ronald Kiandee (UMNO)
2008 Ronald Kiandee (UMNO) 7,090 59.86% Ramsah Tasim (IND) 2,738 23.12% 12,349 4,352 64.38%
Michael Luban (PKR) 1,271 10.73%
Petrus Rining (IND) 571 4.82%
Nordin Kaning (IND) 175 1.48%
2013 Ronald Kiandee (UMNO) 13,174 71.75% James Miki (PKR) 3,186 17.35% 18,915 9,988 76.62%
Raimon Lanjat (STAR) 1,460 7.95%
Kamaruddin Mustapha (IND) 542 2.95%
2018 Ronald Kiandee (UMNO) 13,007 62.84% Japar Zairun (WARISAN) 5,892 28.47% 21,606 7,115 75.79%
Sipin Kadandi (PHRS) 996 4.81%
Toidy Luit (PCS) 284 1.37%
Lem Matin (PPRS) 273 1.32%
Salimah Oyong (IND) 246 1.19%
2022 Ronald Kiandee (BERSATU) 11,303 38.53% Benedict Asmat (UMNO) 9,709 33.10% 29,951 1,594 65.58%
Felix Joseph Saang (UPKO) 4,460 15.20%
Rowiena Rasid (WARISAN) 3,707 12.64%
Hausing Sudin (PEJUANG) 155 0.53%


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mazwin Nik Anis and Joseph Kaos Jr (15 March 2019). "Six Sabah reps who jumped from Umno get Bersatu cards". The Star. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Kiandee, Junaidi in line for Deputy Speaker post". Daily Express (Malaysia). 10 April 2008. Archived from the original on 21 June 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2010.
  3. ^ Yiswaree Palansamy (7 August 2018). "Former deputy speaker Kiandee appointed PAC chief". Malay Mail. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ Ahmad Naqib Idris (12 April 2019). "Noraini Ahmad takes over from Ronald Kiandee as PAC chair". The Edge Market. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ Muguntan Vanar, Stephanie Lee and Natasha Joibi (12 December 2018). "Sabah Umno exodus sees nine of 10 Aduns, five of six MPs leave". The Star. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  6. ^ Bernama (10 December 2022). "Bersatu won't close shop in Sabah, says Ronald Kiandee". Free Malaysia Today. Retrieved 29 December 2022.
  7. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 18 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  8. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  9. ^ a b "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Some 320 individuals awarded in conjunction with Federal Territories Day". L. Suganya. The Star. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2018.