Jamaluddin Jarjis

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Tan Sri Dr. Ir. Haji Jamaluddin bin Mohd. Jarjis (25 May 1951 – 4 April 2015) was a Malaysian politician and the former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation. He served as the Chairman of 1 Malaysia Peoples' Housing (PR1MA), and Malaysian special envoy to the United States.


Political career

Jamaluddin was a Member of Parliament for Rompin, Pahang from 1990 until his death. He was elected to the UMNO Supreme Council in May 2000.

While serving as Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Jamaluddin oversaw the Angkasawan program, which resulted in Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor becoming the first Malaysian in space on 10 October 2007, when he blasted off to the International Space Station on board Soyuz TMA-11.

Cabinet positions

Jamaluddin held various positions in the Cabinet of Malaysia:

  • Second Minister of Finance (November 2002 – January 2004)
  • Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (January 2004 – March 2004)
  • Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (March 2004 – March 2008)
  • Malaysian Ambassador to the United States with ministerial status (July 2009 – February 2012)


Jamaluddin was married to a dentist, Datin Seri Dr. Kalsom Ismail. They have four children.


Jamaluddin Jarjis completed his secondary education in Sultan Abu Bakar School (SABS), Kuantan


On 4th April 2015, Jamaluddin Jarjis was killed in a helicopter crash in Semenyih. Jamaluddin Jarjis was confirmed as one of the passengers by Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, Malaysia's Minister of Home Affairs.

Source: wikipedia.org

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