Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak

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Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak
Governor of Sarawak
Governor's Crest
Governor's Standard
Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud
since 1 March 2014
StyleTuan Yang Terutama
His Excellency
StatusHead of The State
ResidenceThe Astana, Kuching, Sarawak
NominatorPremier of Sarawak
AppointerYang di-Pertuan Agong
Term length4 years
no restriction on renewal
Constituting instrumentConstitution of the State of Sarawak
PrecursorGovernor of the Crown Colony of Sarawak
Formation16 September 1963
First holderTun Abang Haji Openg
WebsiteAstana Negeri Sarawak

The Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak in English is Governor of Sarawak,[1] is the ceremonial head of state of Sarawak.[2] The Yang di-Pertua Negeri is styled Tuan Yang Terutama (lit.'His Excellency').

The official residence of the governor is The Astana, located on the north bank of the Sarawak River in Kuching.[3]

The current office bearer, Abdul Taib Mahmud, was sworn in on 1 March 2014.[4] He received the credentials as the new governor on 28 February, and took the oath of office on the following day. He was re-appointed as governor on 28 February 2018 and 2022 for the 2nd and 3rd term.[5][6]


The office of the governor is established by article 1(1) of the Constitution of Sarawak. The position is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after consultation with the premier. Every governor is appointed for a term of four 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 premier, except in appointing the premier. The same process occurred during dismissal of an office bearer.

The Constitution also describes powers of the governor in the Council Negri. All bills must be assented by the governor in 30 days after a bill passed. The governor also has to address the Assembly annually.


No. Coat of Arms Portrait Name
Term of office
Took office Left office Time in office
Governors of Crown Colony of Sarawak
Charles Arden-Clarke


1 July 1946 26 July 1949 3 years, 25 days
2 Duncan Steward
14 November 1949 10 December 1949 26 days
- Christopher Dawson 10 December 1949 – 4 April 1950

Acting Governor of Sarawak

3 months, 25 days
Anthony Foster Abell


4 April 1950 15 November 1959 9 years, 11 days
4 Alexander Waddell
23 February 1960 21 July 1963 3 years, 27 days
Governors of Sarawak
1 Abang Openg
16 September 1963 28 March 1969 5 years, 193 days
2 Tuanku Bujang
2 April 1969 1 April 1977 8 years, 0 days
3 Abang Muhammad Salahuddin
2 April 1977 1 April 1981 3 years, 364 days
Abdul Rahman Ya'kub
2 April 1981 1 April 1985 4 years, 0 days
Ahmad Zaidi Adruce
2 April 1985 5 December 2000 15 years, 247 days
6 Abang Muhammad Salahuddin1
22 February 2001 28 February 2014 13 years, 6 days
Abdul Taib
(born 1936)
1 March 2014 present 9 years, 277 days


1.^ Abang Muhammad Salahuddin was the first Yang di-Pertua Negeri to serve twice as governor of Sarawak state.


  1. ^ "Abdul Taib continues service as Sarawak governor for another two years". The Star. Retrieved 23 August 2022.
  2. ^ Milne, R. S. (1963). "Malaysia: A New Federation in the Making". Asian Survey. 3 (2): 76–82. doi:10.2307/3023678. ISSN 0004-4687.
  3. ^ Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak Archived 7 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bernama (1 March 2022). "Taib Mahmud sworn in as Sarawak governor for third term". MalaysiaNow. Retrieved 29 March 2022.
  5. ^ "King bestows 'Tun' title on Taib Mahmud". The Star. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Abdul Taib continues service as Sarawak governor for another two years". The Star. Retrieved 29 March 2022.

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