January 13, 2017
Congratulations —Abang Johari named Sarawak’s 6th Chief Minister
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Abang Johari Openg has been appointed Sarawak’s 6th Chief Minister. He replaces the well-respected Adenan Satem, who passed away on Wednesday.
According to a tweet from Borneo Post Online, Abang Johari will be sworn in as the next Chief Minister of Sarawak at 4p.m today at the Astana. He was Deputy Chief Minister 2 under Adenan, and also Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Deputy President.
Abang Johari, who has been in politics for over three decades, had been considered for the Chief Minister’s post in 2014 when Abdul Taib Mahmud stepped down.
The 68-year-old is a nine-term assemblyman for Satok, having first contested the seat in 1981. Trained as an engineer, Abang Johari served as political secretary to Abdul Taib Mahmud when the latter was chief minister of Sarawak. He was appointed Assistant Minister of Regional and Social Development in March 1984, and three years later as State Agriculture and Community Development Minister.
Abang Johari has 10 siblings and hails from an illustrious Sarawakian family with has a long-standing history of public within the state. His father, Tun Abang Haji Openg, was the first Governor of Sarawak after Sarawak became independent from Great Britain on July 22, 1963 and when Malaysia was formed on September 16, 1963.
Abang Johari performed exceptionally well as the state BN campaign director for the Sarawak elections last May. He managed to defend all of PBB’s 40 seats. He was also instrumental in assisting the Sarawak United People’s Party recapture five seats from the DAP. Overall, Sarawak BN won 72 out of the 82 state seats. The original publicised target was 68 seats.