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.
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Tun Datuk Seri Panglima
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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 – 31 December 2010
Preceded by Hassansaid 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 Juhar bin Mahiruddin
(1953-11-05) 5 November 1953 (age 63)
Tambisan Island, Sandakan Division, British North Borneo
Citizenship Malaysian
Political party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO)
United Sabah National Organisation (USNO)
Spouse(s) Norlidah R.M. Jasni (b.1961)
Residence Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Alma mater Wolverhampton Polytechnic
Profession Lawyer
Religion Sunni Islam

Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Juhar bin Mahiruddin (born 5 November 1953) is a Malaysian politician who has been Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) of Sabah since 2011. Previously he was Speaker of the Sabah State Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2010. He was Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat from 1990 to 1999. He is also the Chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Sabah. 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 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 was sworn in once again for his 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]


  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. 
Preceded by
Ahmadshah Abdullah
Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah
2011 – present
Succeeded by