Salleh Said Keruak
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.
Salleh Said Keruak
صالح سعيد کرواق
Salleh Said Keruak at the ITU Telecom World 2016
|Minister of Communications and Multimedia|
29 July 2015 – 10 May 2018
|Prime Minister||Najib Razak|
|Preceded by||Ahmad Shabery Cheek|
|Succeeded by||Gobind Singh Deo|
|9th Chief Minister of Sabah|
28 December 1994 – 26 May 1996
|Nominated by||Mahathir Mohamad (Prime Minister)|
|Appointed by||Mohammad Said Keruak (Governor)|
Mahathir Mohamad (Prime Minister)
|Preceded by||Sakaran Dandai|
|Succeeded by||Yong Teck Lee|
|Speaker of the Sabah State Legislature|
31 December 2010* (appointed 12 January 2011) – 28 July 2015
|Appointed by||Juhar Mahiruddin (Governor)|
Musa Aman (Chief Minister)
|Chief Minister||Musa Aman|
|Preceded by||Juhar Mahiruddin|
|Succeeded by||Syed Abas Syed Ali|
|Member of the Malaysian Parliament|
for Kota Belud
25 April 1995 – 8 March 2008
|Preceded by||Maidom Pansai @ Paul|
|Succeeded by||Abdul Rahman Dahlan|
Md Salleh bin Md Said
10 July 1958[N 1]
Kota Belud, North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
United Malays National Organisation (-2018)[N 2][N 3]
|Barisan Nasional (-2018)|
|Spouse(s)||Raya Erom (m. 1984)|
|Relations||Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (cousin)|
|Children||Mohd. Syarulnizam (1986)|
Mohd. Hafeez (1996)
|Father||Mohammad Said Keruak|
|Residence||Likas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah|
|Alma mater||Simon Fraser University|
Universiti Putra Malaysia
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.
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. 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. Before that, on the first day of 2011, he was appointed as the Chairman of National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS) by the Federal Minister of Information, Communication and Culture, Dr. Rais Yatim.
On 6 October 2019, on the same day of the large-scale Malay Dignity Congress that was attended by the leaders of the five main Malay political parties in Malaysia, United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), People's Justice Party (PKR), Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU/PPBM) and National Trust Party (AMANAH), including Prime Minister, Leader and Chairman of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU), Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad and other leaders from the respective parties. 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.
|1995||Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO)||17,368||62.92%||Timbun Laganan (PBS)||10,237||37.8%|
|1999||Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO)||17,817||62.16%||Saidil @ Saidi Simoi (PBS)||8,601||30.1%|
|2004||Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO)||19,185||61.7%||James Bagah (IND)||8,956||28.8%|
|2018||Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO)||19,167||33.1%2||Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (WARISAN)||23,429||40.5%2|
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.
After his appointment as the chief minister of Sabah, he received award of the Grand Commander of the Order of Kinabalu (SPDK), which carry the title of "Datuk Seri Panglima".
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.
- "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.
- "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.
- "Salleh Said Keruak dilantik Speaker baru DUN Sabah". Berita Harian (in Malay). 12 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2012.
- 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.
- "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).
- "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.