Juhar Mahiruddin

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This is a Malay name; the name Mahiruddin is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Juhar.
Tuan Yang Terutama
Tun Datuk Seri Panglima

Juhar Mahiruddin
10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
Assumed office
1 January 2011
Chief Minister Musa Aman
Preceded by Ahmadshah 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 61)
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 Sunni Islam

Juhar bin Mahiruddin (born 5 November 1953 in Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia) is a Malaysian politician and the current Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah. He is also the Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia 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 King Mizan Zainal Abidin.[3] He was sworn in on 1 January 2011.[1][5]

He sworn in again for the second term on the first day in 2015.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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

Titles and styles[edit]

Viceregal styles of
the Yang di-Pertua Negeri
of Sabah
Coat of arms of Sabah.svg
Reference style His Excellency
Spoken style Your Excellency
Alternative style Tun
  • 1953-1982 and 1986-1990: Encik Juhar bin Mahiruddin
  • 1982-1986: Yang Arif Majistret, Tuan Juhar bin Mahiruddin
  • 1990-2010: Yang Berhormat Tuan Juhar bin Mahiruddin, and then Yang Berhormat Datuk Juhar bin Mahiruddin
  • January - April 2011: Tuan Yang Terutama Datuk Seri Panglima Hj. Juhar bin Hj. Mahiruddin
  • To date: Tuan Yang Terutama Tun Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr.) Hj. Juhar bin Datuk Hj. Mahiruddin

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 that, Juhar was made the Grand Commander of the Order of the Defender of the Realm, carrying the title "Tun" by King Mizan Zainal Abidin on 19 April 2011.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Former speaker Juhar Mahiruddin sworn in as 10th Sabah governor". Bernama (mysarawak.org). 2 January 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Radin, Wendy (31 December 2010). "Juhar Mahiruddin, a redoubtable statesman". Insight Sabah. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Juhar Mahiruddin is Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri on Jan 1". Bernama (New Straits Times). 22 December 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bekas Ahli Usno tinggal BN, isytihar sokong Pakatan". Harakah Daily (Malaysia Today). 25 October 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Juhar angkat sumpah Yang Dipertua Negeri Sabah Ke-10". Utusan Malaysia (in Malay). 2 January 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Juhar Mahiruddin sworn in as Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri for second term". BorneoPost. BorneoPost. 2 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Juhar kini bergelar Tun". Berita Harian. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ahmadshah Abdullah
Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
2011 – Present
Succeeded by