KUALA LUMPUR, 4 Aug 2009: The Yang diPertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, presented credentials to ambassador-designate to the US, Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis, at Istana Negara today.
The former science, technology and innovation minister will fill the post left vacant by Datuk Rajmah Hussain who retired in June last year.
He was accompanied by his wife, Datin Seri Dr Kalsom Ismail, and their children.
Jamaluddin built a career as an “energy man” where he assumed various high-ranking positions throughout his professional life prior to joining the cabinet as second finance minister in 2002.
Prior to that, he was Tenaga Nasional Bhd chairperson.
He was also a former chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Parliament Backbenchers Club, respectively.
A Member of Parliament for Rompin since 1990, he has also been an Umno supreme council member since May 2000.
Jamaluddin is expected to fly to Washington at the end of this month.
He will only attain the status of a full-fledged ambassador after presenting his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House in a ceremony expected to take place in September. — Bernama