Juhar Mahiruddin

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Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Panglima
Juhar Mahiruddin
10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
Assumed office
1 January 2011
Chief Minister
Preceded by Ahmadshah bin Abdullah
Speaker of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly
In office
15 December 2002 – 1 January 2011
Preceded by Hassan Alban Sandukong
Succeeded by Salleh Said Keruak
Member of the Malaysian Parliament
for Kinabatangan, Sabah
In office
21 October 1990 – 29 November 1999
Preceded by Pitting Mohd. Ali
Succeeded by Bung Moktar Radin
Personal details
Born (1953-11-05) 5 November 1953 (age 60)
Tambisan Island, Sandakan Division, British North Borneo
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
United Sabah National Organisation (USNO)
Spouse(s) Norlidah R.M. Jasni
Residence Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Alma mater Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Profession Lawyer
Religion Islam

Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin (born November 5, 1953 in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia) is a Malaysian politician and the current Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah. He was formerly a member of the Dewan Rakyat and served as the Deputy Speaker from 1990 to 1999. Juhar is a founding member of the United Malays National Organisation's (UMNO) branch in Sabah.


Juhar Mahiruddin was born on Tambisan Island, off the coast of the Sandakan Division in Sabah in 1953 to a political family.[1] His father, Mahiruddin Husin was a member of the United Sabah National Organisation (USNO).[2]

He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1977 and was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1980.[1][2] He served as a first-class magistrate from 1981 to 1982 and went into private practice from 1982 to 1985.[2][3]

Political career[edit]

Juhar joined USNO, a Barisan Nasional (BN) component at the time, and campaigned unsuccessfully for office twice, before being elected to Dewan Rakyat for Kinabatangan in 1990.[2] He was also appointed as the Deputy Speaker of upon taking his seat in parliament, and served throughout his term as member of parliament.

USNO had been experiencing a decline since 1976, when it lost the state government to the Sabah People's United Front (BERJAYA), which later joined BN.[4] It was disbanded in 1991, and Juhar was involved in negotiations that culminated in the entry of UMNO into Sabah, and the absorption of USNO members into UMNO.[3]

He was not selected to contest the 1999 general election, but remained active in politics. In 2002, he was appointed as the Speaker of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.[2] He continued to serve until December 2010, when he was appointed the 10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Mizan Zainal Abidin.[3] He was sworn in on January 1, 2011.[1][5]

Personal life[edit]

Juhar is married to Norlidah R.M. Jasni and has four children.[2]

Titles and awards[edit]

During his installation as the Governor, Juhar was made the Grand Commander of the Order of Kinabalu (SPDK), carrying the title of "Datuk Seri Panglima".

Besides, Juhar was conferred the Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara (SMN), which carries the title "Tun" by King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin on April 19, 2011.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Former speaker Juhar Mahiruddin sworn in as 10th Sabah governor". Bernama (mysarawak.org). 2011-01-02. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Radin, Wendy (2010-12-31). "Juhar Mahiruddin, a redoubtable statesman". Insight Sabah. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "Juhar Mahiruddin is Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri on Jan 1". Bernama (New Straits Times). 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  4. ^ "Bekas Ahli Usno tinggal BN, isytihar sokong Pakatan". Harakah Daily (Malaysia Today). 2010-10-25. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  5. ^ "Juhar angkat sumpah Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Ke-10". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 2 January 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Juhar kini bergelar Tun". Berita Harian. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-04-30. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmadshah bin Abdullah
Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
2011 – Present
Succeeded by