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PR/2/12 Tuesday, December 5, 2006

KUCHING- Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin was sworn-in today as Sarawak's Yang di-Pertua Negeri for another two-year term at a ceremony held at the Lapau, Petra Jaya.

The ceremony began with the Chief Minister Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud reading the appointment letter followed by His Excellency taking his oath -of- office.

Soon after that, he signed the declaration letter witnessed by the Chief Minister and the Chief Judge of Sarawak and Sabah, Datuk Seri Panglima Richard Malanjum.

The brief ceremony ended with His Excellency and Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajah Norkiah receiving the Royal Salute from 105 officers and men of the 11th Battalion of the General Armed Forces, Batu Kawa, under the command of ASP Hasnan Karim.

Tun Salahuddin, 85, is also the current and sixth Head of State.

His first appointment as the Head of State was on April 2, 1997 until April 2, 1981. Then he was reappointed on December 5, 2000 for another four-year term.

His Excellency was conferred the nation's highest award-the Seri Maharaja Mangku Negara (SMN) which carries the title "Tun" by tne Yang DiPertuan Agong on June 7, 1978.

Tun Salahuddin who is still active in social welfare activities is the Chancellor of University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and also the patrons of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society Sarawak Branch, Scouts Association of Malaysia Sarawak Branch and the Sarawak Government Pensioners' Association.
His Excellency is an avid golfer and photographer.

Among those present were the Chief Minister's wife, Datuk Amar Puan Sri Hajjah Laila Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam and Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, DUN Speaker Dato Sri Mohd. Asfia Awang Nassar and wife, Housing Minister Dato Sri Abang Haji Johari Tun Openg and wife, , State Secretary, Datuk Amar Haji Abdul Aziz Hussain, State Attorney General Datuk J.C. Fong, Senator Dato Sri Empiang Jabu, members of parliaments and state assemblymen, heads of government departments and community leaders.-Ends.


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