Bung Moktar Radin

Datuk Seri Panglima Bung Moktar bin Radin (born 14 September 1958) is a Malaysian politician who has served as the Deputy Chief Minister I and State Minister of Works of Sabah from 2020 to 2023. He has also served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kinabatangan since November 1999 and Member of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Lamag since September 2020. A member of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), a component party of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition which is aligned with the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition. He has also served as the State Chairman of UMNO and BN of Sabah since December 2018.[1]

Bung Moktar Bin Radin
بوڠ مختار رضين
Ministerial roles (Sabah)
2020–2023Deputy Chief Minister
2020–2023Minister of Works
Faction represented in Dewan Rakyat
1999–Barisan Nasional
Faction represented in Sabah State Legislative Assembly
2020–Barisan Nasional
Other roles
2013–2018Chairman of FELCRA
Personal details
Bung Moktar bin Radin

(1958-09-14) 14 September 1958
Kampung Bilit, Sukau, Kinabatangan, Sandakan, Crown Colony of North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia)
Political partyUnited Sabah National Organisation (USNO)
United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS)
Other political
Barisan Nasional (BN)
Perikatan Nasional (PN) (aligned)
Muafakat Nasional (MN)
Pakatan Harapan (PH) (aligned: since 2022
Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) (official coalition)
Spouse(s)Datin Seri Panglima Nor Asidah Alimudin
Datin Sri Zizie Ezette (m. 2009)



Before becoming a Member of Parliament, he served with the Sandakan Special Affairs Department (JASA) branch office (1987-1990) as an administrative and diplomatic officer, officer for the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Sandakan branch office (1990-1992) and Political Secretary to the Sabah Minister of Finance (1994-1999).


Political posts

  • Deputy Chairman of the Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) (2008-2020)
  • Kinabatangan Member of Parliament (since 1999)
  • Kinabatangan UMNO Division Chief (since 1996)
  • Sabah UMNO Youth Information Chief (1991-1996)
  • Kinabatangan UMNO Youth Chief (1991-1996)
  • USNO Youth Exco (1980-1991)
  • Kinabatangan USNO Division Youth Chief (1978-1990)


The first time was as Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the 1994 Sabah state election for the Kuamut seat, an opposition stronghold at that time, Bung Mokhtar lost. He first won the 1999 general election after defeating Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) candidate Ali Latip Taha for the Kinabatangan parliamentary seat. He managed to retain the seat in 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2018 general elections. Since joining politics in 1978, he has been a representative of USNO or UMNO of BN candidates five times for Kinabatangan parliamentary seats.

Controversy and criticism

Over five terms in Parliament, Bung Moktar has earned a reputation for controversial remarks and inflammatory behaviour.[2]

Swearing in the parliament chamber

His most recent incident came on 7 August 2018, when he caused a stir with Willie Mongin (MP for Puncak Borneo) in the Dewan Rakyat as the latter alleged that the Bung Moktar Radin had visited a casino, and he pointed his finger at Willie and accused him of being rude, demanding the statement be retracted.

"What is this? (You are) Rude and ill-mannered (kurang ajar). He better retract it, he's really rude, Mr Speaker! YB (Yang Berhormat Willie) does not deserve to sit here. Gangster, what do you want? You want to fight with me? Anytime! Fuck you!"[3]

"You didn't go to school, you didn't go to school! YB you sit down, you didn't go to school. This is my prob, you sit down!"

After the incident, the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat warned the members to behave or they will be disciplined.[4]

The incident became an internet meme focusing on the combination of Malay and Bung Moktar's broken English.[5] His outburst in Malay was edited together with an insert from a different video of Malaysian former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin saying "Can you speak English?", followed by Bung Moktar's continuation in English with the remark "Fuck you!". The meme ended with the grammatically incorrect caption "he do speak english" accompanied with a cut piece of the song "Sanctuary Guardian - Earthbound" which is common in this format.[6]

"Bocor" remark

He and Jasin MP Mohammad Said bin Yusof stirred controversy for making sexist comments and obscene comments to DAP's Batu Gajah MP, Fong Po Kuan in during a parliamentary session in 2007. He followed Mohammad Said by saying that Fong "leaked" every month (referring to the menstruation cycle in women), while they were debating about the leaks in the parliament building.

"Mana ada bocor? Batu Gajah pun bocor tiap-tiap bulan juga!"

The pair offered an apology for their statements but were rejected by Fong because they were considered insincere.[7]

Mockery of Karpal Singh as a disabled person

In the first sitting of Parliament after the 2008 elections, he called opposition politician Karpal Singh a "big monkey" after Singh called him the "Bigfoot from Kinabatangan."[8]

Unauthorised polygamy

On 20 April 2010, Bung pleaded guilty to committing polygamy by taking a second wife without the consent of a marriage registrar.[9] He was sentenced to a month's imprisonment, but was ultimately released on bail.[10][11]

Urged Shahrizat to step down of NFC issues

On 3 December 2011, during the UMNO General Assembly 2011, he again urged Shahrizat Abdul Jalil to resign over a controversy surrounding the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) in Gemas, with an easy loan of RM250 million linked to her husband and her children.[12] It was revealed that the NFC suffered losses but managed to purchase two luxury condominiums in Bangsar, as well as buying a Mercedes car worth RM534,622 and two parcels of land worth RM3,363,507 in Putrajaya. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar claimed that there was no element of breach of trust or fraud in the use of funds for NFC.[13]

Hitler remark

He made international news for tweeting "Long Live Hitler" after Germany's 7–1 win over Brazil in the semi-final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[14] His tweet stirred controversy with the German ambassador even calling it as "unacceptable."[15]

FELCRA Berhad corruptions charges

On 3 May 2019, Bung Moktar was charged by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) with three counts of corruption amounting to total of RM2.8 million in June 2015 when he was director of FELCRA Berhad.[16] His wife, Zizie Ezette was also charged with abetting her husband in the offences.[17]

Election results

Sabah State Legislative Assembly[18][19][20][21]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1994 N23 Kuamut, P155 Kinabatangan Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 1,449 37.24% Joseph Sitin Saang (PBS) 2,184 56.13% 3,944 735 72.34%
Ali Latip Taha (IND) 258 6.63%
2020 N58 Lamag, P187 Kinabatangan Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 3,035 54.06% Mohd Ismail Ayob (WARISAN) 2,374 31.40% 5,614 661 68.81%
Junny Abdullah (IND) 73 1.47%
Razman Mayah (PCS) 71 3.32%
Sairin Abd. Rahman (PPRS) 61 1.47%
Parliament of Malaysia[18][22]
Year Constituency Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct Ballots cast Majority Turnout
1999 P162 Kinabatangan, Sabah Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 8,141 65.72% Ali Latip Taha (PBS) 4,246 34.28% 12,597 3,895 58.84%
2004 P187 Kinabatangan, Sabah Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO)
2008 Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 8,507 69.71% Ahmad Abdul (PKR) 2,181 17.87% 12,792 6,326 65.53%
Dasim Jikah (IND) 1,515 12.41%
2013 Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 13,377 69.29% Abdullah Abdul Sani (PKR) 3,646 18.89% 19,960 9,731 80.80%
Yambuya Parantis (STAR) 1,153 12.41%
Ali Latip Taha (IND) 1,130 5.85%
2018 Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 14,465 67.22%2 Ghazali Abdul Ghani (WARISAN) 4,987 23.18%2 22,179 9,478 77.47%
Mustapa Datu Tambuyong (PHRS) 2,066 9.60%
2022 Bung Moktar Radin (UMNO) 16,842 57.43% Mazliwati Abdul Malek (WARISAN) 12,512 42.62% 29,882 4,330 65.56%
Table includes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.


Honours of Malaysia

Honorary degrees

  •  Malaysia :
    • Honorary Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Jesselton University College (2022)[24]


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  2. Lee Yuk Peng; Wahida Asrani (20 December 2009). "Bung Moktar finally admits marrying Zizie". The Star. Retrieved 3 April 2010.
  3. Hidir Reduan (7 August 2018). "Fuck you, shouts Bung Moktar in Parliament [NSTTV]". New Straits Times. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
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  13. Fidlot: Kenyataan polis tak mampu selamatkan Umno
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