The People


Hon. Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili

Deputy President of Sabah United Party (Parti Bersatu Sabah)

Hon. Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus J. Ongkili was born on 26 October 1953. He is married to Joan Maluda and they have 2 children.

Dr. Ongkili was appointed as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department with a specific role in promoting National Unity and Integration in March 2004.

Prior to the dissolution of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly, Dr Ongkili, who is Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president, was the Science and Technology Adviser to the Chief Minister.

He entered politics during the PBS government era and made his debut in the State Legislative Assembly in 1994 when he contested and won in the then Langkon seat, defeating Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Newman Gaban by a 2,719-vote majority.

He contested in the Bandau parliamentary seat in the 1995 general election, beating the then BN candidate Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan by a majority of 4,865 votes.

He won in the Tandek state seat and retained Bandau in the 1999 general election. He defended and won both seats in the just-concluded general election.

He was the PBS Secretary General in 1994 before being elected to the present post as Deputy President. He also heads the party's Research and Training Bureau and is the Chairman of the Party Disciplinary Committee. At the Divisional level, he heads the Tandek PBS Division.

Dr Ongkili is a researcher by background having previously worked as a university lecturer at the University Pertanian Malaysia (now known as Universiti Putra Malaysia) and held senior research positions with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and the Sabah Institute for Development Studies (IDS).

Dr. Maximus Ongkili holds a Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics from La Trobe University, Australia and completed fellowship and summer programmes at the United Nations University, Tokyo and Harvard Institute for International Development, Boston.

He is also an elected Vice-President of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association, Sabah (KDCA).

For his numerous contributions to the state, he was awarded the second highest illustrious order Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu (PGDK) which carries the title "Datuk" by the Yang diPertua Negeri Sabah in 2002.

In conjunction with the 71st birthday of Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob on 10th October 2009, Dr. Maximus was conferred Melaka's highest award, Darjah Gemilang Seri Melaka (DGSM), which carries the title 'Datuk Seri'.



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