Salleh Said Keruak

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Salleh Said Keruak
صالح سعيد کرواق
Salleh Said Keruak, 15 November 2016.jpg
Salleh Said Keruak at the ITU Telecom World 2016
9th Chief Minister of Sabah
In office
28 December 1994 – 26 May 1996
GovernorMohammad Said Keruak
DeputyYong Teck Lee
Preceded bySakaran Dandai
Succeeded byYong Teck Lee
Speaker of the
Sabah State Legislative Assembly
In office
31 December 2010* (appointed 12 January 2011) – 28 July 2015
GovernorJuhar Mahiruddin
Chief MinisterMusa Aman
Preceded byJuhar Mahiruddin
Succeeded bySyed Abas Syed Ali
Ministerial roles
2015–2018Minister of Communications and Multimedia
Ministerial roles (Sabah)
1994Deputy Chief Minister
1994Minister of Finance
2001–2004Minister of Housing and Local Government
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1995–2008Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Dewan Negara
2015–2018Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Sabah State Legislative Assembly
1994–2004Barisan Nasional
2013–2018Barisan Nasional
2020–Barisan Nasional
Personal details
Md Salleh bin Md Said

(1958-07-10) 10 July 1958 (age 64)[N 1]
Kota Belud, North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyIndependent (2018-2020)
United Malays National Organisation (-2018, 2020-)[N 2][N 3]
Other political
Barisan Nasional (-2018, 2020-)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (2020-)
Muafakat Nasional (MN) (2020-)
SpouseRaya Erom (m. 1984)
RelationsIsnaraissah Munirah Majilis (cousin)
ChildrenMohd. Syarulnizam (1986)
Syazeera (1988)
Mohd. Hafeez (1996)
Syeera (2002)
Residence(s)Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Alma materSimon Fraser University
Universiti Putra Malaysia
  1. ^ "Mensyukuri Rahmat Hidup dan Kesihatan Sempena Hari Jadi" (in Malay). Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Sejarah Datuk Seri Panglima Salleh Tun Said Keruak" (in Malay). Archived from the original on 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ Before 1991, he is the member of PBS.

Datuk Seri Panglima Md Salleh bin Md Said (Jawi: محمد صالح بن محمد سعيد; born 10 July 1958), commonly known as Salleh Said Keruak, is a Malaysian politician who was Chief Minister of the state of Sabah from 1994 to 1996. He was Speaker of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly from 2010 to 2015 and has served as Minister of Information and Communications of Malaysia since 29 July 2015 until 10 May 2018. He also serves as a Senator in the Dewan Negara; previously he was the state assemblyman for the electoral district of Usukan. He is the son of Mohammad Said Keruak, who served as Chief Minister as well as Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah.

Riding on Barisan Nasional (BN) ticket to contest in the federal parliamentary seat of Kota Belud, he and two other candidates eventually lost the votes to Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN) candidate as well his cousin Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis in the 2018 general election.[1]

Educational background[edit]

He was a Bachelor graduate from Simon Fraser University in Political Science and a Phd in Political Science and Government from Universiti Putra Malaysia .


After further studies, he was designated as Kota Belud District Officer.

He also held some positions in the Cabinet of Sabah. In many years, he was the Minister of State for Finance, Minister of State for Local Government and Housing and Deputy Chief Minister of State.

On 28 December 1994, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad appointed him as the Chief Minister of the State. His tenure as the State Chief Minister ended on 26 May 1996, and he was succeeded by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Yong Teck Lee.

On 4 January 2010, Chief Minister of State, Musa Aman, appointed him as his Science and Technology Adviser with ministerial rank.[2] He replaced Tham Nyip Shen, former Deputy Chief Minister of State.

On 12 January 2011, he was appointed as the Speaker of the State Legislature.[3] Before that, on the first day of 2011, he was appointed as the Chairman of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS)[4] by the Federal Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, Dr. Rais Yatim.

Under the party of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), he is the Sabah Liaison Deputy Chairman. He also presides over the United Sabah Bajau Organisation (USBO).

On 6 October 2019, he admitted that he is submitting the admission letter to the People’s Justice Party (PKR) as the party is multiracial, and it is in line with Salleh's political beliefs, especially focusing on the future of the Malaysian state in East Malaysia, Sabah.

On 30 June 2020, he canceled his application to join PKR after 2020 political crisis including PKR's internal turmoil.[5] He was applying to rejoin UMNO back before the snap state election but the approval is pending.[6] On 10 September 2020, Salleh rejoin UMNO.[7]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia[8][9]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 P148 Kota Belud, Sabah Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 17,368 62.92% Timbun Laganan (PBS) 10,237 37.08% 27,920 7,131 81.71%
1999 Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 7,817 62.16% Saidil Simoi (PBS) 8,601 30.01% 28,931 9,216 77.55%
Bandira Aling (PAS) 1,515 5.28%
Paul Maidom Pansai (IND) 553 1.93%
Mul Marif (IND) 179 0.62%
2004 P169 Kota Belud, Sabah Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 19,290 64.93% James Baga (IND) 8,869 29.85% 30,794 10,421 75.20%
Jaimin Giau (SETIA) 1,551 5.22%
2018 Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 19,167 41.58%2 Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (WARISAN) 23,429 50.82%2 47,271 4,262 82.12%
Miasin Mion (PHRS) 2,092 4.54%
Laiman Ikin (PAS) 1,410 3.06%
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.
Sabah State Legislative Assembly[10][11][12]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1994 N08 Usukan, P148 Kota Belud Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 6,274 61.67% Datu Badaruddin Datu Mustapha (PBS) 3,591 35.30% 10,277 2,683 82.53%
Semat Abdul Karim (SETIA) 159 1.56%
Salisi Ukoh (IND) 150 1.47%
1999 Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 7,127 61.84% Saidil Simoy (PBS) 3,503 30.40% 11,652 3,624 80.21%
Mudry Nasir (BERSEKUTU) 894 7.76%
2013 N08 Usukan, P169 Kota Belud Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 10,879 70.85% Mustapha Sakmud (PKR) 4,067 27.24% 15,603 6,812 83.40%
Bakhruddin Ismail (STAR) 285 1.91%
2020 N10 Usukan, P169 Kota Belud Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 8,280 65.28% Abdul Bakhrin Mohd Yusof (WARISAN) 3,982 31.40% 12,683 4,298 75.12%
Datu Mohd Nazaruddin 13 Datu Tiga Belas (PCS) 421 3.32%



He is married to Datin Seri Panglima Datuk Raya Erom on 18 December 1985 and has two sons and two daughters. The names of his children are, Mohd Syarulnizam (born 1987), Syazeera (born 1989), Mohd Hafeez (born 1997) and Syeera (born 2002). Salleh is also the second cousin of Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Abdul Rahman challenged by four in Kota Belud". The Borneo Post. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2018. The second cousin of former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said also said there was not objection from her family to stand under the opposition even though her cousin (Salleh) was also standing as a BN candidate for the Usukan state seat. My family is very supportive of this move, and they also believe in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) after what they had done in several states in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Selangor and Penang. “After having a meeting with our machinery tonight, we will start our campaign in Tempasuk and Usukan areas, and after that we will continue in Kadamaian,” said Isnaraissah Munirah who is fluent in English, Malay, Dusun and Bajau.
  2. ^ "Salleh Ganti Tham Sebagai Penasihat Sains Ketua Menteri". The Star (in Malay). 12 January 2010. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Salleh Said Keruak dilantik Speaker baru DUN Sabah". Berita Harian (in Malay). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  4. ^ Abdul Rahman, Rafiuddin (12 January 2011). "Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Salleh Tun Hj. Mohd. Said Keruak dilantik Pengerusi FINAS" (in Malay). Retrieved 15 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Salleh batalkan permohonan sertai PKR". Sinar Harian (in Malay). Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  6. ^ "Tiga bekas ketua menteri bertanding PRN Sabah" (in Malay). Borneo Today. 27 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2020.
  7. ^ "PRN Sabah: Salleh Said Keruak buat kemunculan semula". 10 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  9. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2020.
  11. ^ "14th General Election Malaysia (GE14 / PRU14) – Results Overview".
  12. ^ "N53 Senallang". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 30 May 2020.

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Preceded by Chief Minister of Sabah
Succeeded by