Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis

Isnaraissah Munirah binti Majilis @ Fakharudy (Jawi: اغثنا الرئاسة منيرة بنت مجلس @ فخرالرضي; born 11 January 1982) is a Malaysian politician who served as the Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration under former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Minister Yeo Bee Yin from July 2018 to the collapse of the PH administration in February 2020. She has served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kota Belud since May 2018.[3]

Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis
اغثنا الرئاسة منيرة مجلس
Deputy Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change
In office
2 July 2018  24 February 2020
MonarchsMuhammad V
Prime MinisterMahathir Mohamad
MinisterYeo Bee Yin
Preceded byAbu Bakar Md Diah
(Science, Technology)
James Dawos Mamit
Hamim Samuri
Succeeded byAhmad Amzad Hashim
(Science, Technology)
Ali Biju
Ahmad Masrizal Muhammad
ConstituencyKota Belud
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kota Belud
Assumed office
9 May 2018
Preceded byAbdul Rahman Dahlan
Majority4,262 (2018)
4,582 (2022)
Personal details
Isnaraissah Munirah binti Majilis @ Fakharudy

(1982-01-11) 11 January 1982
Kota Belud, Sabah, Malaysia
Political partyPeople's Justice Party (PKR)
Heritage Party (WARISAN)
(since 2016)
RelationsSalleh Said Keruak (cousin)[1]
Alma materUniversiti Malaysia Sabah
ProfessionElectrical engineer[2]

Personal life

Munirah was born in the town of Kota Belud of Sabah. She is the second cousin of Salleh Said Keruak.[1]

Political career

Munirah has been actively involved in politics since 2011 under the People's Justice Party (PKR).[2] She has had always expressed hope that there would be a new chapter for Malaysia with a new government and wanted to be part of the change so that she can bring her hometown more opportunities for development.[1] In 2016, she left the party to join a new Sabah-based Heritage Party (WARISAN).[4] Besides actively in politics, Munirah is also an electrical engineer and is fluent in four languages namely English, Malay, Dusun and Bajau.[1][2]


2013 general election

In the 2013 election, Munirah was fielded by her party, PKR to face Abdul Rahman Dahlan of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) in the Kota Belud parliamentary seat but lost.[1][5]

2018 general election

In the 2018 election, Munirah was again fielded, this time by her new party, WARISAN to contest the Kota Belud parliamentary seat,[6] facing her cousin Salleh Said Keruak from UMNO and subsequently won.[2][7]

Election results

Parliament of Malaysia: P169 Kota Belud, Sabah[5][8]
Year Votes Pct Opponent(s) Votes Pct
2013 Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (PKR) 16,673 38.4% Abdul Rahman Dahlan (UMNO) 21,768 50.1%
2018 Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (WARISAN) 23,429 40.5%2 Salleh Said Keruak (UMNO) 19,167 33.1%2
2022 Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (WARISAN) 25,148 46.54% Abdul Rahman Dahlan (UMNO) 20,566 38.06%
Madeli @ Modily Bangali (PKR) 8,323 15.40%
Table excludes votes for candidates who finished in third place or lower.
2 Different % used for 2018 election.


Advocating for a gender sensitive parliament

Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis (MP for Kota Belud) was among the 33 women Member of Parliament calling for the Dewan Rakyat to be a gender-sensitive parliament in line with the guidelines of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.[10]


  1. "Abdul Rahman challenged by four in Kota Belud". The Borneo Post. 21 April 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2018. The second cousin of former Chief Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Tun Said also said there was not objection from her family to stand under the opposition even though her cousin (Salleh) was also standing as a BN candidate for the Usukan state seat. My family is very supportive of this move, and they also believe in Pakatan Rakyat (PR) after what they had done in several states in Peninsular Malaysia, especially in Selangor and Penang. "After having a meeting with our machinery tonight, we will start our campaign in Tempasuk and Usukan areas, and after that we will continue in Kadamaian," said Isnaraissah Munirah who is fluent in English, Malay, Dusun and Bajau.
  2. Natasha Joibi (17 May 2018). "Warisan's Munirah still can't believe her GE14 win over Salleh Said". The Star. Retrieved 28 May 2018. The 36-year-old electrical engineer said many naysayers had expressed doubts about whether she could defeat the former Sabah chief minister and federal minister. Munirah, who has been actively involved in politics since 2011, said she hoped that her win would encourage more political engagement among women as their voice is important in shaping the future. She also adding that her political rivalry with her cousin in the general election will not sever their ties as "family is still family".
  3. "New Cabinet all sworn-in before King (Full List)". The Star. 2 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  4. Natasha Joibi (18 May 2018). "Special Ramadan for Munirah". The Star. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. "Keputusan Pilihan Raya Umum Parlimen/Dewan Undangan Negeri". Election Commission of Malaysia. Retrieved 28 May 2018. Percentage figures based on total turnout (including votes for candidates not listed).
  6. "Full list of Warisan candidates in Sabah, Labuan". Bernama. The Edge Markets. 28 April 2018. Archived from the original on 26 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  7. Nandini Balakrishnan (10 May 2018). "Historic Win: The Complete Result Of GE14's Parliamentary Seats Across Malaysia". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  8. "Sabah [Parliament Results]". The Star. Archived from the original on 17 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  9. "Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak head list of 1,158 Sabah award recipients". Bernama. Borneo Post. 6 October 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  10. "Ahli-ahli Parlimen wanita mahu Dewan Rakyat peka gender". MalaysiaGazette. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
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