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Dato' Osman bin Sapian (born 25 December 1951) is a Malaysian politician and the sixteenth Menteri Besar of Johor.[1] He is a member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly for the state constituency of Kempas. Osman is a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (BERSATU), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition.

Osman Sapian

16th Menteri Besar of Johor
In office
12 May 2018 – 13 April 2019
MonarchIbrahim Ismail
Preceded byMohamed Khaled Nordin (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byDr Sahruddin Jamal (BERSATU-PH)
Member of the Johor State Legislative Assembly
for Kempas
Assumed office
10 May 2018
Preceded byTengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat (UMNO-BN)
Majority9,178 (2018)
In office
29 November 1999 – 5 May 2013
Preceded byAbdul Kadir Annuar (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byTengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat (UMNO-BN)
Majority14,288 (1999)
15,918 (2004)
8,186 (2008)
Personal details
Osman bin Sapian

(1951-12-25) 25 December 1951 (age 67)
Segamat, Johor, Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia)[1]
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (until 2016)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) (2016-present)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Pakatan Harapan (PH)
Spouse(s)Nora Md Som
Ruzawati Badron
WebsiteOsman Sapian on Facebook

Prior to joining BERSATU at its inception in 2016, he was a United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) member and even a Kempas state assemblymen too for three terms from 1999 to 2013 before he was dropped as Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the 2013 general election.

In the 2018 general election he contested and managed to win the Kempas seat back again but as a BERSATU member under the PH candidate and was appointed as the new Johor Menteri Besar then.[2] In April 2019, Osman resigned as Johor Menteri Besar after 11 months holding the position.[3]


Education CredentialsEdit

Osman Sapian courted controversy when his academic qualification listed on the government portal included a bachelor's degree from Universiti Putra Malaysia. Upon investigation, it was found that he did not graduate from the university and had dropped out. Osman later clarified that it was a mistake and that he had never claimed to have graduated. His distorted academic credentials on all state government websites was taken down later.[4]

Malaysia-Singapore disputed waters boat ride and visitEdit

In January 2019, as the Johor Menteri Besar, Osman made a boat ride to visit a Malaysian Marine Department vessel that was anchored in a Malaysia-Singapore disputed waters which had raised protest from Singapore.[5] In response to his visit, Singapore's Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan said in a ministerial statement in Parliament that both sides must act in “good faith” to overcome bilateral issues.[6]

Batam visit amid Kim Kim River toxic crisisEdit

Osman had visited Batam Island, Riau, Indonesia in March 2019 amid the toxic pollution crisis of Kim Kim River, Pasir Gudang, Johor. He explained that it was working visit that was preplanned for the preparations of the Visit Johor 2020 year and had been shortened from 3 days to 1 day trip.[7] Somehow Osman had been blamed for neglecting the urgent matter at home as a state government chief.[8]

Resignation as Chief Minister of JohorEdit

On 8 April 2019, Osman tendered his resignation as Menteri Besar of Johor.[3] The Johor Sultan officially accepted Osman's resignation on 13 April 2019.[9] The Menteri Besar role, also known as the Chief Minister, is the highest political position in the State of Johor. The position is traditionally nominated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia who commands the majority of state legislators. The nominee is then approved and officially appointed by the Sultan of Johor.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, was known to be unhappy with Osman Sapian following several decisions that he had made against the federal government's direction.[10]

His resignation came amidst a public disagreement between the Royal family of Johor and Tun Dr Mahathir, the Prime Minister of Malaysia.[11]

Election resultsEdit

Johor State Legislative Assembly[12][13][14][15][16]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 N36 Kempas, P142 Pulai Osman Sapian (UMNO) 21,178 73.57% Mohidin Yahya Shamsudin (PAS) 6,890 23.94% 28,785 14,288 69.46%
2004 N47 Kempas, P161 Pulai Osman Sapian (UMNO) 19,088 84.30% Ibrahim Masran (PAS) 3,170 14.00% 22,644 15,918 72.24%
2008 Osman Sapian (UMNO) 15,897 65.96% Suhaizan Kaiat (PAS) 7,711 31.99% 24,102 8,186 73.13%
2018 Osman Sapian (PPBM) 21,137 48.70% Ramlee Bohani (UMNO) 11,959 27.60% 35,883 9,178 82.70%
Dzulkifli Suleiman (PAS) 2,321 5.40%


Honours of MalaysiaEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Bangsa Johor will be upheld". The Star (Malaysia). 13 May 2018.
  2. ^ Zazali Musa (12 May 2018). "Osman Sapian is the new Johor MB, exco to be sworn in on May 15 (updated)". The Star. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Osman Sapian quits as Johor MB". Malaysiakini. 9 April 2019. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Johor MB Osman Sapian admits he did not complete his studies; education credentials removed from govt portal". The Straits Times.
  5. ^ "Singapore describes Johor MB's boat ride into disputed waters a 'provocative act'". The Star. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Johor Chief Minister defends visit to Malaysia vessel anchored in Singapore waters". Channel News Asia. 9 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Johor MB defends Batam visit as working trip". The Star. 18 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Johor MB explains Batam visit amid toxic crisis at home". Malaysiakini . 17 March 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Johor Sultan accepts Osman's resignation, Sahruddin tipped to be next MB". The Star Online. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  10. ^ Ong, Justin. "Sources: Dr M unhappy with exiting MB's resolve against Johor palace | Malay Mail". Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Johor chief minister Osman Sapian quits as Malaysia's monarchs and Mahathir crank up war of words". South China Morning Post. 9 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Malaysia Decides 2008". The Star. Archived from the original on 9 April 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2010. Includes 2004 election results. Results from earlier elections not available.
  13. ^ "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 19 June 2010.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link) Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  14. ^ "Malaysia General Election". undiinfo Malaysian Election Data. Malaysiakini. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Results only available from the 2004 election.
  15. ^ "SEMAKAN KEPUTUSAN PILIHAN RAYA UMUM KE - 14" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 17 May 2018.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link) Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  16. ^ "The Star Online GE14". The Star. Retrieved 24 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  17. ^ "Receiving (Medal) Ahli Mangku Negara from late Yang Dipertuan Agong 1998". Osman Sapian Istagram. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  18. ^ "Receiving a (medal) from late Sultan of Johor 1999". Osman Sapian Istagram. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  19. ^ "Johor Sultan names grandson as Raja Muda, second heir to throne". Ben Tan. Malay Mail. 22 November 2018. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  20. ^ "SEMAKAN PENERIMA DARJAH KEBESARAN, BINTANG DAN PINGAT". Prime Minister's Department (Malaysia). Retrieved 25 October 2018.
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohamed Khaled Nordin
16th Menteri Besar of Johor
2018 - 2019
Succeeded by
Sahruddin Jamal