Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak
|Governor of Sarawak
Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak
|Style||Tuan Yang Terutama |
|Residence||The Astana, Jalan Astana Lot, Kampung Istana, 93500 Kuching, Sarawak|
|Appointer||Yang di-Pertuan Agong|
|Inaugural holder||Abang Haji Openg|
|Formation||16 September 1963|
The current office bearer, Abdul Taib Mahmud, was sworn in on 1 March 2014 and re-appointed as Governor on 28 February 2018 for the 2nd term.
The office of the Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) is established by the Constitution of Sarawak. 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. 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
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.
Most of them are appointed after consultation with the Chief Minister, except in appointing the Chief Minister. 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 Sarawak
|№||Yang di-Pertua Negeri||Term of office|
|Took office||Left office||Days|
|1||Abang Haji Openg||16 September 1963||28 March 1969||2020|
|2||Tuanku Bujang Tuanku Othman||2 April 1969||1 April 1977||2922|
|3||Abang Muhammad Salahuddin||2 April 1977||1 April 1981||1441|
|4||Abdul Rahman Ya'kub||2 April 1981||1 April 1985||1461|
|5||Ahmad Zaidi Adruce||2 April 1985||5 December 2000||5726|
|6||Abang Muhammad Salahuddin1||22 February 2001||28 February 2014||4754|
|7||Abdul Taib Mahmud2||1 March 2014||present||1907|
- 1.^ Abang Muhammad Salahuddin is the first Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) to serve twice as governor of Sarawak state.
- 2.^ He received the credentials as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri (Governor) on 28 February, and took the oath of office on the following day.
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