KOTA KINABALU: Juhar Mahiruddin was sworn in for a fourth term as the Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri in a ceremony at Istana Seri Kinabalu here today.
Juhar, accompanied by his wife Norlidah RM Jasni, arrived at Dewan Istiadat at 10.30am and took his oath of office about 10 minutes later.
Juhar then signed the instruments of oath of office, witnessed by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, before chief minister Hajiji Noor delivered the congratulatory message and pledge of loyalty.
Sabah state mufti Bungsu @Aziz Jaafar then read prayers for the state’s well-being under the guidance of Juhar, before the Yang di-Pertua Negeri left the place at 11am.
Also present were Sabah deputy chief minister Joachim Gunsalam, Sabah state assembly Speaker Kadzim M Yahya and state secretary Safar Untong.
On Dec 23, Juhar received his letter of appointment from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur to serve another two-year term as Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
Juhar, 69, was appointed as the 10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah on Jan 1, 2011, succeeding Ahmadshah Abdullah.
Hajiji, in his speech, said with the guidance of Juhar, Sabah was now on the right track to boost economic growth and intensify development through the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan 1.0 (2021 to 2025).
“The implementation of this comprehensive and holistic development plan has had a positive impact, including increasing foreign and domestic investments, positive developments in the tourism sector and implementation of development programmes in all sectors.”
He expressed confidence that Sabah would continue to enjoy peace and prosperity under the auspices of Juhar, a symbol of unity for the people and leaders of various backgrounds in the state.