Leo Moggie

Tan Sri Datuk Amar (Dr.) Leo Moggie anak Irok[1] PSM SSAP DA (born 1 October 1941) is a Malaysian former politician and former President of Sarawak Native People's Party (PBDS); a splinter party of the Sarawak National Party (SNAP) following the 1983 leadership crisis.[2] He is currently the chairman of the board for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).[3]

Leo Moggie Irok

Minister of Energy, Water and Communications
In office
4 May 1995  26 March 2004
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Abdullah Ahmad Badawi
DeputyChan Kong Choy (1995-1999)
Tan Chai Ho (1999-2004)
Preceded bySamy Vellu as Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts
Succeeded byLim Keng Yaik
In office
8 July 1978  15 June 1989
MonarchYahya Petra
Ahmad Shah
Azlan Shah
Prime MinisterHussein Onn
Mahathir Mohamad
DeputyNajib Razak (1978-1982)
Clarence E. Mansul (1982-1986)
Zainal Abidin Zin (1986-1989)
Preceded byMohamed Yaacob as Minister of Energy, Technology and Research
Succeeded bySamy Vellu as Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts
Minister of Works
In office
15 June 1989  3 May 1995
MonarchAzlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
DeputyMustaffa Mohammad (1986-1990)
Kerk Choo Ting (1990-1995)
Peter Tinggom Kamarau (1990-1995)
Preceded bySamy Vellu
Succeeded bySamy Vellu
Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
Assumed office
April 2004
PresidentAzman Mohd
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kanowit
In office
4 May 1995  21 March 2004
Preceded byJoseph Unting Umang (Independent)
Succeeded byAaron Ago Dagang (PRSBN)
Majority733 (1974)
1934 (1978)
3,818 (1982)
4,240 (1986)
2,386 (1990)
uncontested (1995)
5,218 (1999)
Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
for Machan
In office
14 September 1974  16 September 1978
Preceded byThomas Kana (PBB)
Succeeded byGramong Juna (BN)
Personal details
Leo Moggie anak Irok

(1941-10-01) 1 October 1941
Kanowit, Crown Colony of Sarawak (now Sarawak, Malaysia)
Political partySarawak Native People's Party (PBDS)
Sarawak National Party (SNAP)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Alma materPennsylvania State University
University of Otago

Early life

He was born in 1941 in Kanowit, Sarawak. Obtained early education at Tanjung Lobang Primary School, Miri and St Joseph School, Kuching before continuing his studies at Batu Lintang Teachers Training College, Miri.

He then obtained a master's degree in history from Otago University in 1965 and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania.


He started his career in private sector as the deputy general manager of Borneo Development Corporation from 1973 to 1974. He held various civil servant positions in Sarawak from 1966 to 1974.


He began his political career as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kanowit from 1974 to 2004. Prior to that, he was the Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Machan from 1974 to 1978.

He was served as Minister of Welfare Services in 1976 to 1977 and as Minister of Local Government from 1977 to 1978 in Sarawak Government.

He then, join the Federal Cabinet as Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts from 1978 to 1989. He also then from 1989 to 1995, appointed as the Minister of Works. Then, he was the Minister of Energy, Telecommunications and Posts again from 1995 to 1998. His last position as minister was as the Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia from 1998 to 2004.[4]

Upon retirement

He is currently the chairman of the board for Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). As the chairman of TNB, he also served as the chairman of the boards for Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) and its pro-chancellor. He also serves as a director of Kapar Energy Ventures Sdn Bhd from 2004.

He is the adjunct professor at the Faculty of Communications and Modern Languages, Universiti Utara Malaysia since March 2005.

He is also serves as senior independent non-executive director at DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and has been its independent non-executive director since 2005. At Asian Plantations Limited he was the independent non-executive director until 2014. He is the senior independent non executive director of Digi.com Bhd[5] until 2013. At New Straits Times Press, he served as non-executive director until 2008.


He received an honorary doctorate of laws from Otago University, New Zealand, in 2000 and honorary doctorate of science from Multimedia University, Malaysia, in 2003.

Honours of Malaysia

See also


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