KUCHING — January 13, 2017: Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg has been named the new chief minister of Sarawak, taking over from Tan Sri Adenan Satem who died on Wednesday.
The Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president, attired in a black baju Melayu, took his oath of office as the sixth chief minister of the state before Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana, the official
residence of the head of state, here at 4.10pm.
The event was witnessed by Abang Johari’s wife Datin Amar Jumaani Tuanku Bujang, members of the state cabinet, state assemblymen and senior civil servants.
Abang Johari, or Abang Jo as he is fondly known, was one of the three deputy chief ministers under Adenan’s administration.
Abang Johari, 66, is a veteran politician, having been in politics for more than 30 years. He is a nine-term assemblyman for Satok.
He has a degree in business administration from Brunel University, United Kingdom, and first contested the seat in 1981.
Abang Johari has 10 siblings and is from an illustrious family. His father, the late Tun Abang Haji Openg, was the first Yang Dipertua Negeri, taking office following Sarawak’s independence from Britain and the formation of Malaysia in 1963. — Bernama