Shafie Apdal

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Shafie Apdal

محمد شافعي بن اڤدل
Shafie Apdal July 2018.jpg
Minister of Rural and Regional Development
In office
10 April 2009 – 29 July 2015
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Deputy1. Hasan Malek
2. Joseph Entulu Belaun
Preceded byMuhammad Muhammad Taib
Succeeded byIsmail Sabri Yaakob
Minister of National Unity, Arts, Culture and Heritage
In office
19 March 2008 – 9 April 2009
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyTeng Boon Soon
Preceded byRais Yatim
as Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage
Succeeded byRais Yatim
as Minister of Information, Communications, Arts and Culture
Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumerism
In office
27 March 2004 – 18 March 2008
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyS. Veerasingam
Preceded byMuhyiddin Yassin
Succeeded byShahrir Abdul Samad
15th Chief Minister of Sabah
Assumed office
12 May 2018
GovernorJuhar Mahiruddin
DeputyChristina Liew
Jaujan Sambakong
Madius Tangau
Preceded byMusa Aman
Deputy Minister of Defence
In office
15 December 1999 – 26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
MinisterNajib Razak
Preceded byAbdullah Fadzil Che Wan
Succeeded byZainal Abidin Zin
Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government
In office
7 January 1999 – 14 December 1999
Serving with Peter Chin Fah Kui
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterTing Chew Peh
Preceded by1. Daud Taha
2. Jeffery Kitingan
Succeeded byPeter Chin Fah Kui
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Semporna
Assumed office
25 April 1995
Preceded bySakaran Dandai
Majority12,218 (1995)
13,325 (1999)
12,086 (2004)
17,462 (2008)
20,905 (2013)
20,674 (2018)
Member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly
for Senallang
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byNasir Sakaran
Majority5,301 (2018)
Personal details
Mohd Shafie bin Apdal

(1956-10-20) 20 October 1956 (age 63)
Semporna, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Sabah National Organisation (USNO) (1983–1995)
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (1995–2016)
Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN) (2016–)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN) (1983-2015)
Spouse(s)Shuryani Shuaib
Alma materNorth Staffordshire Polytechnic

Shafie bin Apdal (Jawi: محمد شافعي بن اڤدل; born 20 October 1956) is a Malaysian politician who is the 15th and current Chief Minister of Sabah as well the State Finance Minister.[1] He currently serves as the Member of Parliament for Semporna, Sabah and ADUN for Senallang. He was once the federal Minister of Rural and Regional Development and also one of the three former vice-presidents of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), once the leading party in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that governed Malaysia. He is currently a member and founder of Sabah Heritage Party (WARISAN), the ruling party in Sabah that is allied to Malaysia's ruling coalition of Pakatan Harapan (PH).

Personal life[edit]

Born on 20 October 1957, Shafie Apdal is a native of Semporna, Sabah and is of Bajau Kubang.[2] He is the nephew of Sakaran Dandai, who was the sixth Chief Minister of Sabah and its former governor as well.[3] He is married to Shuryani Shuaib and has six children.[4]


Shafie completed his Secondary School education in Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He has a Diploma in Shipping Management from the London Business College (not to be confused with the more prestigious London Business School). In 1992, he received his Bachelor in Economics (Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic, England.[5]

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.[6] 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.[6] He was re-elected as an UMNO vice-president in 2013, this time polling in second place, behind Ahmad Zahid and ahead of Hishammuddin.[7] He is the first Sabahan to hold a vice-presidency of UMNO.[8]

On 28 July 2015, Shafie was removed in the Cabinet reshuffle by Najib thus losing his rural and regional development portfolio.[9] Following this, he formed a new Sabah-based opposition party known as WARISAN that was approved by Registrar of Societies (RoS) on 17 October 2016.[10][11]

Appointment as a Chief Minister[edit]

In the 2018 general election, Shafie's party of WARISAN together with the coalition of Pakatan Harapan (PH) are tied up with 29-29 seats with BN in the 2018 Sabah state election.[12] Jeffrey Kitingan with his party of Homeland Solidarity Party (STAR) under the United Sabah Alliance (USA) which are not aligned from either the two sides, has won two seats in the election and subsequently emerged as the decision maker for the formation of a state government from the two sides.[13] Jeffrey then decide to team up with the BN to form coalition state government with him appointed as a Deputy Chief Minister while Musa Aman from BN to become the Chief Minister for another 5 years under the new coalition government.[14] However, situation change when six seats assemblymen from the BN allied parties of United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) and United Sabah People's Party (PBRS) switched their allegiance to WARISAN, giving Shafie an advantage with 35 seats which is sufficient to establish a valid state government.[15] Earlier, Musa Aman had already sworn in as Chief Minister following the help of two seats from STAR. This situation left Sabah with two ruling Chief Ministers, the second in its history since the dispute between PBS and USNO in 1980s. The results of this events sparks a constitutional crisis in Sabah, and the need to review and change the current constitution so as to curb the "allegiance switching" of assemblymen, after the swearing-in ceremony of the chief minister.[16] Another four seats assemblymen from BN allied parties of UMNO and UPKO switching their allegiance to WARISAN on 13 May 2018.[17][18] The Yang di-Pertua Negeri (TYT) Juhar Mahiruddin also had requested for Musa to step down,[19][20] despite Musa still stressing that he still the rightful Chief Minister.[21] Musa was then issued a letter from the TYT that he is no longer the Chief Minister effective from 12 May 2018 that was delivered into his residence on 14 May 2018.[22][23] On 7 November, the high court in Kota Kinabalu decided that Shafie remained the legitimate Chief Minister of Sabah and dismissed a suit made by Musa who claimed his dismissal as chief minister was illegal and against the state constitution.[24][25][26]

Election results[edit]

Parliament of Malaysia: Semporna, Sabah[27][28]
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 Abd Habi (PKR) 4,654 15%
2018 Shafie Apdal (WARISAN) 26,809 80.2% Ramlee Marhaban (UMNO) 6,135 18.4%
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
Percentages are of total votes cast.



  1. ^ "Shafie to hold Finance Minister post temporarily". The Borneo Post. 18 May 2018. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Hapuskan Politik Perkauman; Bukankah Suluk Suku Kaum Sabah?" (in Malay). Borneo Today. 1 March 2017. Archived from the original on 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018. Shafie Apdal, seorang yang berketurunan Bajau Kubang dari Semporna.
  3. ^ "GE13: Shafie Apdal is 'village Minister' in Semporna". ABN News. 18 April 2013. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  4. ^ Noor Fazrina Kamal (7 August 2009). "Shuryani berpuisi sejak remaja" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 14 May 2018. Buku tersebut akan diberi tajuk Dirimu Diriku dan Reflection of Life. Ia juga didedikasikan kepada pencinta seni yang mahu berkongsi pengalaman yang saya lalui," jelas ibu kepada enam cahaya mata ini.
  5. ^ "Mohd Shafie Apdal, Semporna boy makes good". Bernama. 12 May 2018. Archived from the original on 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Ahmad Zahid, Hishammuddin, Shafie Win Umno Veep Posts". Bernama. 26 March 2009. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Zahid, Shafie and Hishamuddin maintain positions". Astro Awani. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  8. ^ Muguntan Vanar (17 September 2013). "Shafie thanks Musa Aman for staying out of Umno elections". The Star. Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Shafie Apdal axed in Cabinet shakeup". The Malay Mail. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Shafie's Party Name, Logo Approved, To Be Called 'Parti Warisan Sabah'". New Straits Times. Malaysian Digest. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Parti Warisan Sabah is new name of Shafie-led party". Bernama. The Sun. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  12. ^ Muguntan Vanar; Fatimah Zainal (10 May 2018). "Hung assembly in Sabah sees intense political horse-trading". The Star. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  13. ^ Alyaa Azhar (10 May 2018). "Hung assembly in Sabah, Star to be kingmaker". Malaysiakini. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  14. ^ Chok Simyee (10 May 2018). "Jeffrey forms pact with BN to form coalition state government". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  15. ^ Avila Geraldine; Norasikin Daineh (11 May 2018). "Warisan now has 35 seats, enough to form state government: Shafie [NSTTV]". New Straits Times. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Sabah having two CMs sparks constitutional crisis?". The Borneo Post. 12 May 2018. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  17. ^ Ruzaini Zulkepli (13 May 2018). "Empat lagi ADUN BN sertai Mohd Shafie?" (in Malay). Astro Awani. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  18. ^ Fatimah Zainal (14 May 2018). "Two more Upko reps join Shafie". The Star. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  19. ^ Rodelio Junjun Taucan (12 May 2018). "Tun Juhar arah Musa letak jawatan" (in Malay). Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  20. ^ Ruzaini Zulkepli (13 May 2018). "Warisan tidak akan sama dengan UMNO - Shafie Apdal" (in Malay). Astro Awani. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  21. ^ Fatimah Zainal (13 May 2018). "Musa Aman: I'm still the Chief Minister". The Star. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Istana serah surat kepada Musa" (in Malay). Berita Harian. 14 May 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  23. ^ Samantha Khor (14 May 2018). "[BREAKING] Musa Aman Is No Longer Chief Minister Of Sabah". Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  24. ^ Muguntan Vanar; Stephanie Lee (7 November 2018). "Court rules Shafie is the legitimate Sabah Chief Minister". The Star. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  25. ^ Sean Lim (7 November 2018). "It's official – court says Shafie is the legitimate Sabah Chief Minister". Business Insider Singapore. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  26. ^ Nadirah H. Rodzi (7 November 2018). "Shafie Apdal, not Musa Aman, is legitimate Sabah chief minister, court rules". The Straits Times. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  27. ^ "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).
  28. ^ "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 18 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Datuk Seri title for Perlis MB". Bernama. The Star. 17 May 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  30. ^ "Highest state award for eight". Sandra Sokial. Borneo Post. 1 October 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  31. ^ "Implementation of project to be expedited". Marilyn Ten. Borneo Post. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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Preceded by
Musa Aman
Chief Minister of Sabah
Succeeded by