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President of the Dewan Negara

President of the Dewan Negara
Abu Zahar Ujang

since April 26, 2010
Style Yang Berhormat (The Honourable)
Inaugural holder Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed Yasin
Formation 1959
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The President of the Dewan Negara (Malay: Yang di-Pertua Dewan Negara) is the presiding officer of the Dewan Negara, the upper house of the Parliament of Malaysia.

The President of the Dewan Negara is created under Article 56 of the Constitution of Malaysia. The office is similar to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat: the President is elected by the members of the Dewan Negara and is expected to be politically impartial. If a member of the Dewan Negara elected to be the President is a member of a state legislative assembly, he must resign from the assembly before exercising the functions of the office.


The main functions of the President of the Dewan Negara are:[1]

  • to preside over the sittings of the Dewan Negara
  • to be responsible for the observance of the rules in the Dewan Negara
  • to ensure the relevancy of the points raised during the debate
  • to interpret the Standing Orders in case of disputes and the decision is final

List of presidents

# President From To
1 Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed Yasin 11 September 1959 31 December 1969
2 Syed Sheh Hassan Barakbah 27 January 1969 5 February 1969
3 Mohamad Noah Omar 24 February 1969 28 July 1970
4 Abdul Hamid Khan Sakhawat Ali Khan 20 February 1971 22 February 1973
5 Omar Yoke Lin Ong 23 February 1973 31 December 1980
6 Ismail Khan 5 January 1981 13 April 1985
7 Benedict Stephens 15 April 1985 11 April 1988
8 Ahmad Urai Mohideen 11 July 1988 9 July 1990
9 Chan Choong Tak 17 December 1990 31 March 1992
10 Vadiveloo Govindasamy 13 April 1992 12 June 1995
11 Adam Kadir 13 June 1995 30 November 1996
12 Mohamad Ya'acob 10 December 1996 5 December 2000
13 Michael Chen Wing Sum 7 December 2000 11 April 2003
14 Abdul Hamid Pawanteh 7 July 2003 6 July 2009
15 Wong Foon Meng 7 July 2009 12 April 2010
16 Abu Zahar Ujang 26 April 2010 Incumbent

See also


  1. ^ President of the Senate, Parliament of Malaysia

External links

  • Parliament of Malaysia (Official site)
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