Napsiah Omar

Tan Sri Napsiah binti Omar (21 April 1943 – 16 April 2018) was a Malaysian educator and politician.

Napsiah Omar

Minister of National Unity and Community Development
In office
27 October 1990  3 May 1995
MonarchAzlan Shah
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
Preceded byPortfolio established
Succeeded byZaleha Ismail
ConstituencyKuala Pilah
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kuala Pilah
In office
Preceded byAbu Zahar Ujang (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byHasan Malek (UMNO-BN)
In office
Preceded byMansor Othman (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byAbu Zahar Ujang (UMNO-BN)
Member of the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly
for Pilah
In office
Preceded byAbu Zahar Ujang (UMNO-BN)
Succeeded byNorhayati Omar (UMNO-BN)
Personal details
Napsiah binti Omar

(1943-04-21)April 21, 1943
Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Federated Malay States, British Malaya (now Malaysia)
DiedApril 16, 2018(2018-04-16) (aged 74)
Ampang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Resting placeKuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Children4 (3 sons, 1 daughter)
Alma materAustralian National University
Cornell University

The daughter of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) activists, Napsiah was born in Negeri Sembilan. She studied zoology and botany at the Australian National University and received a BSc in nutrition and education from Cornell University. From 1969 to 1982, Napsiah taught at the Universiti Pertanian Malaysia, becoming associate professor and head of the Department of Human Studies.[1][2]

In 1972, she joined the local branch of the UMNO. She was elected to the Dewan Rakyat representing the constituency of Kuala Pilah (1982-1995; 1999-2004) and was named Deputy Minister of Housing and Local Government. She became divisional head of Wanita UMNO (the women's wing) and was also named to its national executive council. In 1987, she was named Minister of Public Enterprises. In 1990, she was elected deputy leader for Wanita UMNO. Later that year, she became Minister of National Unity and Social Development. In 1995 general election, she did not run for reelection to the parliamentary seat but instead was elected to the Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly of Pilah seat and served as the State Minister for Public Works.[1] In 1999 general election, she contested again the Kuala Pilah parliamentary seat and won for another one term.

Napsiah died on 16 April 2018 at the age of 74 due to liver cancer.[3]

Election Results

Negeri Sembilan State Legislative Assembly[4]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1995 Pilah Napsiah Omar (UMNO) 5,727 80.33% Azizuddin Ishak (S46) 1,178 16.52% 7,129 4,549 67.88%
Parliament of Malaysia[4]
Year Constituency Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1982 Kuala Pilah, N. Sembilan Napsiah Omar (UMNO) 19,206 82.72% Othman Hamzah (PAS) 4,011 17.28% 24,395 15,195 74.62%
1986 Napsiah Omar (UMNO) 19,400 81.31% Mansoor Keliwan (PAS) 4,459 18.69% 25,076 14,941 70.77%
1990 Napsiah Omar (UMNO) 19,444 72.06% Abd Halim Mohd (S46) 7,538 27.94% 27,267 11,906 72.75%
1999 Napsiah Omar (UMNO) 16,494 54.67% Ruslan Kasim (KeADILan) 13,676 45.33% 31,232 2,818 71.14%


Honour of Malaysia


  1. Women in Politics: Voices from the Commonwealth. Commonwealth Secretariat. 1999. pp. 94–98. ISBN 085092569X.
  2. Europa Publications (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. p. 1255. ISBN 1857432177.
  3. Mohd Hasbi Sidek (16 April 2018). Napsiah Omar meninggal dunia Berita Harian. Retrieved on 16 April 2018.
  4. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri" (in Malay). Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 4 February 2017. Percentage figures based on total turnout.
  5. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".

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