Sanusi Junid

Sanusi bin Junid (July 10, 1943 – March 9, 2018) was a Malaysian politician. He was appointed Minister of National and Rural Development in 1981 at the age of 38 and as Minister of Agriculture in 1986. Tan Sri Sanusi was Kedah Darul Aman Menteri Besar from 1996 to 1999.

Sanusi Junid

Disciplinary Board Chairman of BERSATU
In office
Succeeded byMegat Najmuddin Megat Khas
7th Menteri Besar of Kedah
In office
Preceded byDato' Seri Osman Bin Haji Aroff
Succeeded bySyed Razak Bin Syed Zain Barakhbah
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Jerlun-Langkawi
In office
Preceded bySyed Nahar Bin Tun Syed Sheh Shahabuddin
Succeeded byConstituency dissolved
Member of the Kedah State Assembly
for Kuah
In office
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byIr. Nawawi Ahmad
4th President of UIAM
In office
February 2000  June 2, 2008
Preceded byDato' Seri Najib Razak
Succeeded byTan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan
Personal details
Born(1943-07-10)July 10, 1943
Yan, Kedah, Unfederated Malay States (now Malaysia)
DiedMarch 9, 2018(2018-03-09) (aged 74)
Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur
Resting placeBukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery
Political partyUnited Malays National Organisation (UMNO) (1963-2008)
Malaysian United Indigenous Party (BERSATU) (2016-2018)
Other political
Alliance Party (Alliance) (1963-1973)
Barisan Nasional (BN) (1973-2008)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (2016-2018)

Early life

Born in Yan, Kedah on July 10, 1943, Sanusi received his education at the Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK). In 1969, he went on to study at the Institute of Bankers London, the City of London College and the Institute of Export London, and later obtained a Certificate in Foreign Trade and Foreign Exchange at the University of London.[1]


Sanusi began his career as a trainee at Standard Chartered Bank, at Seremban in 1963. In 1971, he was appointed Senior Manager of Chartered Bank Lending, Kuala Lumpur.

Tan Sri Sanusi became the Director of Bank Simpanan Nasional and Chairman of Insan Diranto Bhd. in 1975. Two years later, in 1977, he was appointed as Chairman of Tugu Insurance Sdn. Bhd. and Chairman of Obanto Management Consultancy Sdn. Bhd. He is also the Founder and First Manager of the Shamelin Corporation.

In 1978, Tan Sri Sanusi was appointed as a Member of the MARA University of Technology and subsequently in 1982, he became the Advisor of the College and Council of the University of Malaya. He was also appointed as Chairman of the National Day Committee and Member of the Malaysian Chamber of Commerce in 1983, and in February 2000, he became President of the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM).

Tan Sri Sanusi has also served as Vice President of ABIM and President of the Association of Youth Clubs of Malaysia (MAYC).

Political career

Sanusi was involved in politics as a Seremban UMNO member when he started working in 1963. His rise in politics is fast and smooth.

A year after joining UMNO, Sanusi was appointed as UMNO Youth Secretary of the Seremban Branch and later in 1966, he was appointed as UMNO Treasurer of the Eastern Seremban Division. Sanusi became the Head of UMNO Division of the Eastern Seremban Division and the UMNO Secretary of the Eastern Seremban Division in 1967.

In 1974 at the age of 31, Sanusi took part in the election and was elected as MP of Jerai. He was appointed as Deputy Head of the Umno Division of the Wilderness Division in 1975 and the Head of Information of the UMNO Kedah in 1978.

The leadership talent he displayed made him trustworthy and was appointed to a number of key positions in the cabinet. From 1978 to 1980, he was appointed as Deputy Minister of Land and Regional Development and subsequently Deputy Minister of Home Affairs from 1980 to 1981.

In 1981, Sanusi was appointed as Minister of National and Rural Development and held the office until 1986. In that year, he was also appointed as Chairman of the UMNO Information Committee of Malaysia, Chairman of the UMNO Information Bureau of Malaysia and Member of the Supreme Council of UMNO Malaysia.

In the 1982 election, Sanusi was elected as MP of Jerlun-Langkawi and was later elected to the UMNO Supreme Council of Malaysia. Subsequently, he was appointed as UMNO Malaysia Secretary-General in 1984.

In 1986, Tan Sri Sanusi became Minister of Agriculture and Head of Jerlun Division, Langkawi. He was elected as UMNO Malaysia Vice President in 1990. Sanusi became the seventh Menteri Besar of Kedah Darul Aman and held the office from June 16, 1996 until November 1999. He was elected Kuah District Assemblyman in 2000.

In honor of his contributions and services, he has been awarded medals and honors, among them DSSM, SSSA, DGSM, Kedah Crown Prince (SMK), Dato' Setia from the Sultan of Kedah (DSDK), the Chief Justice of the Crown (PSM) and the King's Hon. Must (SSDK).

Personal life

He is married to Puan Sri Nila Inangda and was blessed with 7 children.[2][3] One of his prominent children is Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah bin Sanusi.[4]


Sanusi breathed his last before dawn after being unconscious at about 6 am on March 9, 2018 at his residence in Pantai Dalam, Kuala Lumpur.[4][5]

His body was taken to Saidina Umar Al-Khattab Mosque in Bukit Damansara at about 11 am[6] for burial and prayer before being offered after Friday prayers.[7] Two former prime ministers of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, also attended the prayer.[8] His body reached Bukit Kiara Muslim Cemetery at approximately 2:30 pm before burial at 3 pm. The funeral was also attended by Deputy Minister of Defense, Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum, Government Sociology Advisor Tan Sri Dr. Rais Yatim, BERSATU President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek at the time of the funeral.[6][7]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1974 Jerai Sanusi Junid (UMNO) None None None None None Unopposed None None
1978 Jerlun-Langkawi Sanusi Junid (UMNO) 13,099 52.50% Hassim Naim (PAS) 11,850 47.50% Unknown 1,249 Unknown
1982 Sanusi Junid (UMNO) 18,593 62.62% Halim Arshat (PAS) 11,097 37.38% 30,425 7,496 78.10%
1986 Sanusi Junid (UMNO) 18,813 60.06% Ahmad Din (PAS) 12,510 39.94% 32,021 6,303 75.17%
1990 Sanusi Junid (UMNO) 21,690 61.77% Syed Mustaffa Aljafree (S46) 13,425 38.23% 36,396 8,265 78.29%


Honours of Malaysia


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  2. Muhammad Azim Zaid (March 9, 2018). "Sanusi Junid seorang bertanggungjawab dan penyayang". Utusan Online. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  3. Bernama (March 9, 2018). "Anak syukur tunai hasrat Sanusi Junid makan bersama". Malay Mail. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
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  6. Muhammad Azim Zaid (March 9, 2018). "Jenazah Sanusi Junid selamat dikebumikan". Utusan Online. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  7. Bernama (March 9, 2018). "Jenazah Sanusi Junid Selamat Dikebumikan". mSTAR Online. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  8. Teoh, Pei Ying; Mohd Fharkhan Abdul Ghapar (March 9, 2018). "Jenazah Sanusi selamat dikebumikan". BH Online. Archived from the original on March 10, 2018. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  9. "Semakan Penerima Darjah Kebesaran, Bintang dan Pingat".
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