Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
|Sarawak State Legislative Assembly |
Malay: Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak
|18th Sarawak State Legislative Assembly|
Insignia of Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
|Founded||8 September 1867|
Yang di-Pertua Negeri
Abdul Taib Mahmud
Since 1 March 2014
Semawi Mohamad, Independent
Simple majority: 42
Two-thirds majority: 55
|Plurality: First-past-the-post (82 single-member constituencies)|
|7 May 2016|
|7 September 2021 or earlier|
|New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building, Petra Jaya, Kuching, Sarawak|
The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (Malay: Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak) is the state legislature of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. It is a unicameral institution consisting of 82 members elected from single-member constituencies throughout the state. Elections are held no more than five years apart
|GPS + UPP||PH|
Following the state election that was held on 7 May 2016, Barisan Nasional was able to form the next state government with a majority of 72 seats out of 82. There were several candidates from breakaway parties such as TERAS and UPP that had their members contest seats under the Barisan banner as direct election candidates under a deal by Adenan Satem after their parties were prevented from joining Barisan after opposition from parties such as PDP and SUPP. On 12 June 2018, all Sarawak-based BN parties including Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) officially left Barisan Nasional forming a new coalition Sarawak Parties Alliance due to Barisan Nasional's defeat in general elections on 9 May 2018.
|No.||State constituency||Member||Coalition (Party)|
|GPS 67 | PH 10 | UPP 5|
|N01||Opar||Ranum Anak Mina[N 1]||UPP|
|N02||Tasik Biru||Henry Jinep||GPS (PDP)|
|N03||Tanjong Datu||Jamilah Anu[N 2]||GPS (PBB)|
|N04||Pantai Damai||Abdul Rahman Junaidi||GPS (PBB)|
|N05||Demak Laut||Hazland Abang Hipni||GPS (PBB)|
|N06||Tupong||Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman||GPS (PBB)|
|N07||Samariang||Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali||GPS (PBB)|
|N08||Satok||Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg||GPS (PBB)|
|N09||Padungan||Wong King Wei||PH (DAP)|
|N10||Pending||Violet Yong Wui Wui||PH (DAP)|
|N11||Batu Lintang||See Chee How||PH (Keadilan)|
|N12||Kota Sentosa||Chong Chieng Jen||PH (DAP)|
|N13||Batu Kitang||Lo Khere Chiang||GPS (SUPP)|
|N14||Batu Kawah||Sim Kui Hian||GPS (SUPP)|
|N15||Asajaya||Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah||GPS (PBB)|
|N16||Muara Tuang||Idris Buang||GPS (PBB)|
|N17||Stakan||Mohamad Ali Mahmud||GPS (PBB)|
|N18||Serembu||Miro Simuh[N 3]||GPS (PBB)|
|N19||Mambong||Jerip Susil[N 4]||UPP|
|N20||Tarat||Roland Sagah Wee Inn||GPS (PBB)|
|N21||Tebedu||Michael Manyin Jawong||GPS (PBB)|
|N22||Kedup||Maclaine Ben @ Martin Ben||GPS (PBB)|
|N23||Bukit Semuja||John Ilus[N 5]||GPS (PBB)|
|N24||Sadong Jaya||Aidel Lariwoo||GPS (PBB)|
|N25||Simunjan||Awla Idris||GPS (PBB)|
|N26||Gedong||Mohd Naroden Majais||GPS (PBB)|
|N27||Sebuyau||Julaihi Narawi||GPS (PBB)|
|N28||Lingga||Simoi Peri||GPS (PBB)|
|N29||Beting Maro||Razaili Gapor||GPS (PBB)|
|N30||Balai Ringin||Snowdan Lawan||GPS (PRS)|
|N31||Bukit Begunan||Mong Dagang||GPS (PRS)|
|N32||Simanggang||Francis Harden Hollis||GPS (SUPP)|
|N33||Engkilili||Johnical Rayong Ngipa[N 6]||UPP|
|N34||Batang Ai||Malcom Mussen Lamoh||GPS (PRS)|
|N35||Saribas||Ricky @ Mohamad Razi Bin Sitam||GPS (PBB)|
|N36||Layar||Gerald Rentap Jabu||GPS (PBB)|
|N37||Bukit Saban||Douglas Uggah Embas||GPS (PBB)|
|N38||Kalaka||Abdul Wahab Aziz||GPS (PBB)|
|N39||Krian||Ali Biju||PH (Keadilan)|
|N40||Kabong||Mohd Chee Kadirh||GPS (PBB)|
|N41||Kuala Rajang||Len Talif Salleh||GPS (PBB)|
|N42||Semop||Abdullah Saidol||GPS (PBB)|
|N43||Daro||Safiee Ahmad||GPS (PBB)|
|N44||Jemoreng||Juanda Jaya||GPS (PBB)|
|N45||Repok||Huang Tiong Sii||GPS (SUPP)|
|N46||Meradong||Ding Kuong Hiing||GPS (SUPP)|
|N47||Pakan||William Mawan Ikom||GPS (PBB)|
|N48||Meluan||Rolland Duat Jubin||GPS (PDP)|
|N49||Ngemah||Alexander Vincent||GPS (PRS)|
|N50||Machan||Allan Siden Gramong||GPS (PBB)|
|N51||Bukit Assek||Irene Mary Chang Oi Ling||PH (DAP)|
|N52||Dudong||Tiong Thai King[N 7]||UPP|
|N53||Bawang Assan||Wong Soon Koh[N 8]||UPP|
|N54||Pelawan||David Wong Kee Woan||PH (DAP)|
|N55||Nangka||Annuar Rapaee||GPS (PBB)|
|N56||Dalat||Fatimah Abdullah||GPS (PBB)|
|N57||Tellian||Yussibnosh Balo||GPS (PBB)|
|N58||Balingian||Abdul Yakub Arbi||GPS (PBB)|
|N59||Tamin||Christopher Gira Sambang||GPS (PRS)|
|N60||Kakus||John Sikie Tayai||GPS (PRS)|
|N61||Pelagus||Wilsong Nyabong Ijang||GPS (PRS)|
|N62||Katibas||Ambrose Blikau Enturan||GPS (PBB)|
|N63||Bukit Goram||Jefferson Jamit Unyat||GPS (PBB)|
|N64||Baleh||James Jemut Masing||GPS (PRS)|
|N65||Belaga||Liwan Lagang||GPS (PRS)|
|N66||Murum||Chukpai Ugon||GPS (PRS)|
|N67||Jepak||Talib Zulpilip||GPS (PBB)|
|N68||Tanjong Batu||Chiew Chiu Sing||PH (DAP)|
|N69||Kemena||Stephen Rundi Utom||GPS (PBB)|
|N70||Samalaju||Majang Renggi||GPS (PRS)|
|N71||Bekenu||Rosey Yunus[N 9]||GPS (PBB)|
|N72||Lambir||Ripin Lamat||GPS (PBB)|
|N73||Piasau||Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew||GPS (SUPP)|
|N74||Pujut||Ting Tiong Choon||PH (DAP)|
|N75||Senadin||Lee Kim Shin||GPS (SUPP)|
|N76||Marudi||Penguang Manggil||GPS (PDP)|
|N77||Telang Usan||Dennis Ngau||GPS (PBB)|
|N78||Mulu||Gerawat Jala[N 10]||GPS (PBB)|
|N79||Bukit Kota||Abdul Rahman Ismail||GPS (PBB)|
|N80||Batu Danau||Paulus Gumbang[N 11]||GPS (PBB)|
|N81||Ba'kelalan||Baru Bian||PH (Keadilan)|
|N82||Bukit Sari||Awang Tengah Ali Hassan||GPS (PBB)|
The first legislative assembly in Sarawak was formed during the rule of the White Rajahs. The General Council (Majlis Umum) of the Kingdom of Sarawak was convened on 8 September 1867 by Charles Brooke, the Rajah Muda under the orders of James Brooke, then the Rajah of Sarawak. Its members were chosen from local tribe leaders who were thought to be capable of assisting Brooke in administering the kingdom. The General Council later evolved into the Council Negri in 1903. The Council Negri first met in Bintulu.
It continued to function even after Sarawak was ceded to the British Empire in 1946. Since 1963, when Sarawak joined with Malaya, Singapore and North Borneo (now known as Sabah) to form the Federation of Malaysia, in line with the federal and state constitutions, members of the Assembly have been elected representatives.
The Assembly originally had 48 seats. That expanded to 56 in 1985, to 62 in 1985 and to 71 in 2005. In 2014 the Assembly passed a Bill to take the number of constituencies to 82. It has a greater number of seats than any other state assembly in Malaysia.
The State Assembly enacts laws that apply in the state of Sarawak in matters specified in the Joint and State Lists in the federal Constitution. Legislation successfully passed in the Assembly are known as ordinances. The Assembly must sit at least once a year to approve taxation to and supply from the state's consolidated fund. This is done during the tabling of the budget by the executive Cabinet. Aside from administrative matters, members of the Assembly are free to speak on any issues, as stipulated in the Privileges, Immunities and Powers Ordinance 1963. Members of the Assembly are responsible for checking and criticising the executive government's actions.
Speakers Roll of Honour
The following is the Speaker of the Sarawak State Assembly Roll of Honour, since 1963:
|No.||Speaker||Term start||Term end|
|2||William Tan Ho Choon||1968||1973|
|3||Shahbuddin Y.K. Cheng||1973||1976|
|4||Abang Abu Bakar Abang Mustapha||1976||1981|
|5||Celestine Ujang Jilan||1981||1987|
|6||Robert Jacob Ridu||1987||1994|
|7||Wong Soon Koh||1994||1996|
|8||Song Swee Guan||1996||2000|
|9||Mohamad Asfia Awang Nasar||2000||Incumbent|
The State Assembly also consists of committees that handle administrative matters. The committees include:
- Selection and Standing Order Committee
- Public Accounts Committee
- House Committee
- Public Petitions Committee
- Privileges Committee
- Events Committee
Sarawak state election, 2016
- Ranum Anak Mina contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, rejoin his previous party UPP on 11 August 2016.
- Jamilah Anu was elected as a Barisan Nasional assemblyman on 18 February 2017 in a byelection following the death of assemblymen and Chief Minister Adenan Satem.
- Miro Simuh contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, joining PBB on 16 August 2016.
- Jerip Susil contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, rejoin his previous party UPP on 13 August 2016.
- John Ilus contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, joining PBB on 16 August 2016.
- Johnical Rayong Ngipa contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, rejoin his previous party UPP on 12 August 2016.
- Tiong Thai King contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, rejoin his previous party UPP after the election.
- Wong Soon Koh contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, rejoin his previous party UPP after the election.
- Rosey Yunus contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, joining PBB on 16 August 2016.
- Gerawat Jala contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, joining PBB on 16 August 2016.
- Paulus Gumbang contested the state election as a direct Barisan Nasional candidate, joining PBB on 16 August 2016.
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