List of Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah

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Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
Juhar Mahiruddin

since 1 January 2011
Style Tuan Yang Terutama
(His Excellency)
Residence Istana Negeri (State Palace), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Appointer Yang di-Pertuan Agong
Inaugural holder Datu Mustapha Datu Harun
Formation 1963
Salary MYR 45,000 per month

The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah (English: the Governor of Sabah) is the ceremonial head of state of the Malaysian state of Sabah. He is also the representative in Sabah of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri is styled Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) (English: His Excellency).

The current office bearer, Juhar Mahiruddin, was sworn in on 1 January 2011.


The office of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) is established by the Constitution of Sabah. According to Article 1 (1) of the Constitution, the office must exist and be appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) after consultation with the Chief Minister.[1] Every governor is appointed for a term of 4-years. However, the King reserves the power to extend his term of appointment.

The Governor has neither deputy nor assistant. However, in event of his inability to govern the state due to illness, absence or any other cause, the King reserves the power to appoint a person to exercise the function of the Governor.

Functions, powers and privileges[edit]

Many functions and powers of the King – at the federal level – are delegated to the Governor at the state level – like the other Rulers of States. The Governor, however, has no power and function towards the Judiciary.

As he is the Head of State, he is a member of the Conference of Rulers. He share the same power with the other members of the Conference. However, he can't be appointed as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Article 10 of the Constitution describes that the Governor has to act according to the Constitution and makes decisions based on the advice from the State Cabinet. However, he may also act on his own discretion in certain matters.[2]

The Constitution provides the power to the Governor to appoint key officers of the State. Most of them are appointed after consultation with the Chief Minister, except in appointing the Chief Minister.[3] The same process occurred during dismissal of an office bearer.

The Constitution also describes powers of the Governor in the State Legislative Assembly. All bills must be assented by the Governor in 30 days after a bill passed. The Governor also has to address the Assembly annually.

List of Yang di-Pertua Negeri[edit]

The following is the list of Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah:[1][4]

# Yang di-Pertua Negeri Took office Left office
1 Datu Mustapha Datu Harun 16 September 1963 16 September 1965
2 Pengiran Ahmad Raffae Pengiran Omar 16 September 1965 16 September 1973
3 Tun Fuad Stephens 16 September 1973 28 July 1975
4 Mohd. Hamdan Abdullah 28 July 1975 10 October 1977
5 Ahmad Koroh 12 October 1977 25 June 1978
6 Mohamad Adnan Robert 25 June 1978 31 December 1986
7 Mohd. Said Keruak 1 January 1987 31 December 1994
8 Sakaran Dandai 1 January 1995 31 December 2002
9 Ahmadshah Abdullah 1 January 2003 31 December 2010
10 Juhar Mahiruddin 1 January 2011 present

Living former governors[edit]

Two former Governor of Sabah are alive, the oldest being Sakaran Dandai (1995–2002, born 1930).

Name Term as governor Date of birth
Sakaran Dandai 1995–2002 (1930-04-15) 15 April 1930 (age 85)
Ahmadshah Abdullah 2003–2010 (1946-12-09) 9 December 1946 (age 68)

The most recent death of a former governor was that of Mohammad Adnan Robert (1978–1987), in 2003.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Yang di-Pertua Negeri". Sabah Government. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Constitution of the State of Sabah: Part 1" (PDF). Attorney-General's Chamber of the State of Sabah. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Previously, the Chief Minister is appointed after consultation with the Federal Prime Minister.
  4. ^ "Mantan Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sabah". Sabah Government. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 

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