Bernard Giluk Dompok

Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Bernard Giluk Dompok (born 7 October 1949) is a Malaysian politician. He was the Chief Minister of Sabah from 1998 to 1999 and a federal minister from 2004 to 2013. He was the president of the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO) from 1994 to 2014 and was a member of the Parliament of Malaysia from 1986 to 1995 and from 1999 to 2013. In October 2015, Dompok was appointed as Malaysia’s first resident ambassador to the Vatican.[1][2]

Bernard Giluk Dompok

Ambassador of Malaysia to the Holy See (Vatican)
In office
17 March 2016  30 June 2018
MonarchAbdul Halim
Muhammad V
Prime MinisterNajib Razak
Mahathir Mohamad
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byWestmoreland Edward Palon
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities
In office
MonarchMizan Zainal Abidin
Abdul Halim
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
Najib Razak
Deputy1. Hamzah Zainudin (2009-2013)
2. Palanivel Govindasamy (2010-2011)
Preceded byPeter Chin Fah Kui
Succeeded byDouglas Uggah Embas
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department
In office
Mizan Zainal Abidin
Prime MinisterAbdullah Ahmad Badawi
11th Chief Minister of Sabah
In office
GovernorSakaran Dandai
Preceded byYong Teck Lee
Succeeded byOsu Sukam
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Penampang
In office
Preceded byClarence E. Mansul
Succeeded byIgnatius Dorell Leiking
Personal details
Bernard Giluk Dompok

(1949-10-07) 7 October 1949
Penampang, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Sabah Party (PBS)
Sabah Democratic Party (SDP)
United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (UPKO)
Spouse(s)Valerie Binjiwan (deceased); Diana Alip
Alma materUniversity of East London

Early life

He was born in Penampang, Sabah, and received his education in SM St. Michael, Penampang and SM La Salle, Tanjung Aru.[3] Later he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of East London. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Surveyors Malaysia (RISM)


He started his career as a valuer at the Sabah Lands & Surveys Department in 1978. Then he left the public sector and worked as a private valuer for about five years from 1980 until 1985.

Political career

Initially a member of the United Sabah Party (PBS), Dompok contested, and won, both the Sabah State Legislative Assembly seat of Moyog, and the federal seat of Penampang, in separate 1986 elections. PBS won a majority in the state assembly at the election, and Dompok was appointed the state's finance minister.[4]

He became the President of the UPKO, then known as the Sabah Democratic Party (SDP), in 1994. The party was formed when Dompok and others split from the PBS to join the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and deliver the coalition a majority in the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.[4] After switching to the Barisan Nasional, he lost his parliamentary seat at the 1995 election to a PBS candidate.[5]

Despite losing his federal seat, Dompok remained a state assemblyman and a senior member of the Barisan Nasional state government that he had helped to form. He served in a range of ministries in the state government, before assuming the post of Chief Minister, on a rotating basis, from 1998 to 1999. In 1999 he won the federal parliamentary seat of Kinabalu, defeating a PBS candidate.[5] In 2004, he joined the Federal Cabinet as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and in 2008, he became Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities. His federal parliamentary career ended at the 2013 election, when he lost his parliamentary seat to Darell Leiking of the People's Justice Party (PKR).[6]

Diplomatic career

Bernard was recalled from his posting following the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government's decision to stop the previous practice adopted by the Barisan Nasional (BN) of appointing politicians to head overseas missions.[7][8][9]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P174 Penampang, Sabah[10]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1986 Bernard Giluk Dompok (PBS) 6,659 52.32% Marcel Leiking (IND) 3,250 25.53%
1990 Bernard Giluk Dompok (PBS) 12,654 77.97% Marcel Leiking (DAP) 3,576 22.03%
1995 Francis Noitien (PBS) 14,652 53.02% Bernard Giluk Dompok (SDP) 12,982 46.98%
2008 Bernard Giluk Dompok (UPKO) 13,400 52.4% Edwin Bosi (PKR) 10,337 40.5%
2013 Bernard Giluk Dompok (UPKO) 12,382 33.9% Darell Leiking (PKR) 22,598 61.8%
Parliament of Malaysia: P156 Kinabalu, Sabah
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1999 Bernard Giluk Dompok (UPKO) 11,723 64.42% Janinim Saliun (PBS) 6,300 34.62%
Parliament of Malaysia: P179 Ranau, Sabah
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
2004 Bernard Giluk Dompok (UPKO) 7,547 40.52% Ruhimin Adzim @ Ruhimin Ajim (IND) 6,160 33.07%


He is currently married to Puan Sri Diana Alip and the couple have five children in total (four from his current marriage and one from a previous marriage).


See also


  1. Muguntan Vanar (27 October 2015). "Dompok selected as Malaysia's envoy to the Vatican". The Star. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. Muguntan Vanar (17 March 2016). "Bernard Dompok receives appointment letter as ambassador to Vatican". The Star. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. Muguntan Vanar (24 December 2015). "Ex-La Salle Tanjung Aru principal passes away". The Star. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  4. "Dompok confirms resigning as Upko president on March 21". The Sun. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  5. "Pilihan Raya Umum Malaysia". Government of Malaysia. Archived from the original on 19 December 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  6. Sandra Sokial (6 March 2014). "Dompok retires, passes baton to Tangau". The Borneo Post. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  7. "Envoys told to return to Malaysia". Royce Tan, Eddie Chua. The Star (Malaysia). 30 June 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  8. "No more Malaysian politicians as ambassadors: Mahathir". Bernama. Channel News Asia. 21 September 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  9. Rizanizam Abdul Hamid (6 August 2018). "6 Duta ditamatkan kontrak" (in Malay). Harian Metro. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  10. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 29 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  11. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Office established
Ambassador of Malaysia to the Holy See
Succeeded by
Westmoreland Edward Palon
Political offices
Preceded by
Yong Teck Lee
Chief Minister of Sabah
Succeeded by
Osu Sukam
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