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March 2, 2014

Taib sworn in as Sarawak’s seventh governor


After signing the instrument of appointment, Taib took his oath before chief judge of Sabah and Sarawak Richard Malanjum at the state legislative assembly

Abdul Taib Mahmud, who stepped down as chief minister of Sarawak after almost 33 years in office yesterday, was sworn in as the new Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak today, marking another historical milestone for the state.

The ceremony began at 11.00am with Adenan Satem, who succeeded him as the new chief minister, reading the instrument of appointment, which was presented to Taib by Yang Dipertuan 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 Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, state assembly speaker Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, members of the State Cabinet and several local dignitaries were among those present.

He succeeded Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng whose term of office as Yang di-Pertua 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.

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

He 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. As long the 10% sales tax on Toto, Magnum,Da Mai Cai and Telelinks is imposed whoever or numerical order of person who sit on the seat doesn’t bother me at all. We know where these taxes goes to. Enthusiasts will continue to gamble no matter how high the tax is imposed thus it defeated the purpose of restricting gambling.. The tax is imposed to fill the sweets container so that greedy power grabbers can dip their hands into the container. If the authority is serious about restricting serious gambling problems the authority should limit the draws. Once a week should be sufficient just to give some form of release to these gamblers.

    Comment by loyarburok — March 2, 2014 @ 11:52 AM | Reply

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