Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak

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Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak
Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud.jpg
Abdul Taib Mahmud

since 1 March 2014
StyleTuan Yang Terutama
(His Excellency)
ResidenceThe Astana, Jalan Astana Lot, Kampung Istana, 93500 Kuching, Sarawak
AppointerYang di-Pertuan Agong
Inaugural holderAbang Haji Openg
Formation16 September 1963

The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak is the ceremonial head of state of the Malaysian state of Sarawak. The Yang di-Pertua Negeri is styled Tuan Yang Terutama (TYT) (English: His Excellency).

The official residence of the Governor is The Astana, located on the north bank of the Sarawak River in Kuching.[1]

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[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.

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[edit]

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[2] 1 March 2014 present 2114
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.


  1. ^ Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak Archived 7 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "King bestows 'Tun' title on Taib Mahmud". The Star. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015.

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