Osu Sukam

Osu bin Sukam (Jawi: اوسو بن سوكم; born 19 February 1949) is a former Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sabah. He became the 12th Chief Minister of the state in 1999 and took over the post from Bernard Dompok. Following the rotation system in place at that time, Osu, an ethnic Bajau, held the post for two years representing the Muslim bumiputras of Sabah. In 2001, he was replaced by Chong Kah Kiat. Until 14 July 2005, he was a member of a ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party.

Osu Sukam

اوسو بن سوكم
12th Chief Minister of Sabah
In office
14 March 1999  27 March 2001
GovernorSakaran Dandai
Preceded byBernard Giluk Dompok
Succeeded byChong Kah Kiat
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Papar
In office
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byRosnah Shirlin
Personal details
Osu bin Sukam

(1949-02-19) 19 February 1949
Papar, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Alma materUniversity of Buckingham

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P175 Papar, Sabah[1]
Year Government Votes Pct Opposition Votes Pct
1986 Osu Sukam (UMNO) 4,844 48.92% James Ghani (IND) 4,638 46.83%
1990 Osu Sukam (UMNO) 8,452 51.22% Abdul Rahman Juman (IND) 7,939 48.10%
1995 Osu Sukam (UMNO) 12,131 56.68% Johnny Mositun (PBS) 9,015 48.10%
1999 Osu Sukam (UMNO) 14,013 64.81% Mohd Saidi Lampoh (PBS) 7,608 35.19%


Gambling debt

He resigned from his party of UMNO due to gambling debts totalling at least US$1.8 million he accumulated from Ritz Hotel Casino in London and another casino.[2] The casino obtained a judgment in the High Court in England to recover debts owed by Osu. The casino sought to enforce the judgment in Malaysia by registering the judgment in the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in July 2005. The High Court at Kota Kinabalu refused to register the judgment on grounds of public policy. However, in 2007, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the casino allowing the debt to be recovered.[3]



  1. "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).
  2. Newmond Tibin (17 July 2005). "Osu's Gambling Debts Shocked His Supporters". Bernama. Archived from the original on 29 May 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. "Casino wins appeal to recover debt". The Star. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
Preceded by
Bernard Giluk Dompok
Chief Minister of Sabah
Succeeded by
Chong Kah Kiat

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