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March 2, 2014

Taib sworn in as Sarawak governor in Kuching


Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as Sarawak chief minister after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak today in Kuching.

The ceremony began at 11am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath of office before Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the State Legislative Assembly building here in the presence of Adenan.

Taib’s wife Ragad Kurdi Taib, State Assembly speaker Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, members of the state cabinet and several local dignitaries were among those present.

Soon after, Prime Minister Najib Razak posted this tweet message: “Congratulations to Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud on his appointment as the Governor of Sarawak.”

Taib succeeded Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office as Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak ended yesterday.

Taib was the fourth chief minister of Sarawak, having assumed the office on March 26, 1981, by succeeding his uncle, Abdul Rahman Ya’kub.

The eldest of 10 siblings was born on May 21, 1936, to Mahmud Abang Yahya and Hamidah Ya’kub.

Taib worked as a judge’s associate in the Supreme Court of South Australia after having completed his law studies at the University of Adelaide, before returning to Sarawak.

Long political career

He entered the world of politics in 1963 when he joined the Sarawak Legislative Council and served until 1966.

Taib was appointed Sarawak minister for communication and works in 1963 and served in that capacity until 1966 when he was appointed as the minister of development and forestry.

His career at the federal level began when he won the Samarahan parliamentary seat in 1970 and was subsequently appointed as the deputy minister of works, post and communication (1970), primary industries minister (1972), defence minister (1978), acting foreign minister (1979) and federal territories minister (1980).

On March 9, 1981, Taib resigned from his post as federal territories minister to contest in the Sebandi state by-election.

He won the Sebandi seat unopposed and was later appointed as Sarawak land and mines minister.

Subsequently he was appointed as Sarawak chief minister on March 26, 1981.

1 Comment »

  1. Bernama no doubt about it. best known to possess pools of apple polishers. Listen not to this government spokesman. If you not religious spend the creative hours queuing at Toto or Magnum then off to coffee with friends.

    Comment by loyarburok — March 2, 2014 @ 11:18 AM | Reply

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