Jannie Lasimbang

Assemblywoman for Kapayan, Sabah

Jannie Lasimbang is a Kadazan from Penampang, the first-term state elected representative of N19 Kapayan, Sabah from the Democratic Action Party (DAP). Although she joined politics only in January 2017, she garnered the highest votes among the state assembly members in Sabah. Jannie is currently serving as the Sabah Assistant Minister of Law and Native Affairs since May 2019. In her party, she holds several posts namely as the Sabah Women Chief, National Women Executive Committee member, and Central Executive Committee member. Before joining politics, Jannie had served as a member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; a Commissioner with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission; and the Secretary General of the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact and the Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia. She also worked for 17 years as a grassroots trainer and organizer. 

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