Shafie Apdal

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Yang Berhormat Datuk Seri Haji
Mohd. Shafie Apdal
Malaysian Minister of Rural and Regional Development
In office
10 April 2009 – 29 July 2015
Preceded by Muhammad Muhammad Taib
Succeeded by Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Semporna, Sabah
Assumed office
Preceded by Sakaran Dandai
Malaysian Minister of National Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage
In office
18 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
Preceded by Rais Yatim
(Culture, Arts and Heritage)
Succeeded by Rais Yatim (Culture)
Malaysian Minister of Domestic, Trade and Consumer Affairs
In office
31 March 2004 – 17 March 2008
Preceded by Muhyiddin Yassin
Succeeded by Shahrir Samad
Personal details
Born (1957-10-20) 20 October 1957 (age 59)
Semporna, Crown Colony of North Borneo
Political party United Malays National Organisation (until 2016)
Sabah Heritage Party (since October 2016)
Spouse(s) Shuryani Shuaib
Children 6
Alma mater North Staffordshire Polytechnic
Occupation Politician
Religion Sunni Islam

Datuk Seri Haji Mohd. Shafie bin Haji Apdal (born 20 October 1957) is a Malaysian politician. He was the federal Minister of Rural and Regional Development and currently serves as the Member of Parliament for Semporna, Sabah. He was one of the three vice-presidents of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the leading party in the Barisan Nasional coalition that governs Malaysia.


Born on 20 October 1957 Shafie Apdal is the native of Semporna, Sabah. He is the nephew of Sakaran Dandai, who was the sixth Chief Minister of Sabah.[1]


Shafie has a Diploma in Shipping Management from the London Business College (not to be confused with the more prestigious London Business School).[2] In 1992, he received his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, England.[3]

He is married to Shuryani binti Shuaib and has six children.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Shafie started his political career with the United Sabah National Organisation (USNO). The party dissolved in 1994, and Shafie joined UMNO, which was then only starting to gain a presence in the state. In 1995 he was elected to federal Parliament as an UMNO member, for the seat of Semporna.[4] He was appointed a parliamentary secretary before becoming Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government in 1999. From 1999 to 2004 he was Deputy Minister for Defence.

After the 2004 election, he was appointed Minister of Domestic, Trade and Consumer Affairs in Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's Cabinet and was later given the Ministry of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage. On 10 April 2009, he became the Minister of Rural and Regional Development in the first Cabinet of Prime Minister Najib Razak. This coincided with his election to one of the party's three vice-presidential posts, polling in third place behind Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Hishammuddin Hussein.[4] He was re-elected as an UMNO vice-president in 2013, this time polling in second place, behind Ahmad Zahid and ahead of Hishammuddin.[5] He is the first Sabahan to hold a vice-presidency of UMNO.[6]

On 28 July 2015 — Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal was removed in the Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak thus losing his rural and regional development portfolio.[7] Following this, he formed a new Sabah-based opposition party known as Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN) that was approved by Registrar of Societies (RoS) in 17 October 2016.[8][9]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Semporna, Sabah[10]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1995 Shafie Apdal (UMNO) 17,006 78% Sabardin Ombrah (PBS) 4,788 21%
1999 Shafie Apdal (UMNO) 18,570 77% Abdul Rahim (IND) 5,245 22%
2004 Shafie Apdal (UMNO) 13,790 76% Madjalis Lais (IND) 1,704 10%
2008 Shafie Apdal (UMNO) 19,419 90% Abd Azis Abd Hamid (PKR) 1,957 10%
2013 Shafie Apdal (UMNO) 25,559 83% Zamree @ Mohd Suffian Abdul Habi (PKR) 4,654 15%


  1. ^ "GE13: Shafie Apdal is 'village Minister' in Semporna". ABN News. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
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  3. ^ Staffordshire University
  4. ^ a b "Ahmad Zahid, Hishammuddin, Shafie Win Umno Veep Posts". Bernama. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Zahid, Shafie and Hishamuddin maintain positions". Astro Awani. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Vanar, Muguntan (17 September 2013). "Shafie thanks Musa Aman for staying out of Umno elections". The Star. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Shafie Apdal axed in Cabinet shakeup
  8. ^ "Shafie's Party Name, Logo Approved, To Be Called 'Parti Warisan Sabah'". New Straits Times. Malaysian Digest. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Parti Warisan Sabah is new name of Shafie-led party". Bernama. The Sun. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 23 June 2010.  Percentage figures based on total turnout. Table excludes votes for candidates finishing in third place or lower.