Abang Johari sworn in as Sarawak CM

Taib presents the letter of appointment to Abang Johari during the ceremony. Photo: Sarawak Information Department

By Nur Ashikin Louis

KUCHING, Dec 18: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg was sworn in tonight as chief minister after the coalition returned to power with a landslide victory.

Abang Johari took his oath of office before the Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib at Astana Negeri here.

At the time of the swearing in, GPS won at least 75 of the 82 seats in the 12th Sarawak Election which ended today. As of press time, only the results for N78 Mulu have yet to be announced by the Election Commission.

Also present were Abang Johari’s wife Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang and other GPS leaders.

This is the first time Abang Johari has led GPS into a State election after he took helm as chief minister following the passing of his predecessor, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem in 2017.

This is also the first time that GPS had contested using its own logo after it exited Barisan Nasional (BN) following the leadership crisis at the federal level in 2018.

The GPS coalition comprises Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) and Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). – DayakDaily