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THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

DATUK PATINGGI (DR) ABANG HAJI ABDUL RAHMAN ZOHARI

BIN TUN DATUK ABANG HAJI OPENG

 

 

The Right Honourable Datuk Patinggi Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang Haji Openg was appointed as the Sixth Chief Minister of Sarawak on 13th January 2017.

Datuk Patinggi Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari is the youngest son of the first Governor of Sarawak, the late Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg bin Abang Sapiee

He was born in Limbang on 4th August, 1950. He obtained his Masters of Business Management from Brunnel University in the United Kingdom. He received his early education at Sekolah Rendah Merpati Jepang in Kuching and later at St. Joseph’s School, also in Kuching.

He entered politics in 1977 as PBB youth leader and was first elected to the State Legislative Assembly when he won the Satok seat in 1981. In 1982, he was appointed as the Chief Political Secretary to the Chief Minister. After the state elections in 1983 he was appointed to the post of Assistant Minister of Regional and Community Development.

After winning the Satok state seat again in 1987, he was promoted to the post of Minister of Industrial Development and became a member of the State Cabinet.  In 2000 he was appointed as the Minister of Tourism before being tasked with the portfolio of the Minister of Housing in 2004 and in 2009 the Minister of Housing and Urbanisation.

After retaining the Satok state seat in the 2011 state elections, he was appointed as the Minister of Housing and Minister of Tourism. In 2016, he was appointed as a Deputy Chief Minister and also held the portfolios of the Minister of Housing and Urbanisation and Minister of Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

He has been Member of Dewan Undangan Negeri for Satok for nine consecutive terms: 1981, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016.

He was awarded the State Award of Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Kenyalang Sarawak (DA) which carries the title “Datuk Amar” in 2008, Johan Bintang Sarawak (JBS) in 1985, Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS) in 1990, Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (PPB Perak) in 1988 and Pingat Jubli Emas (Gold) in 2013.

He was appointed Pro Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus in March 2017.  On 7th October, 2017 he was awarded an Honourary Doctorate in Business and Management by University College of Technology Sarawak (UCTS), Sibu in conjunction with the second convocation of the university.

The Right Honourable assumed the posts of President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu Sarawak, Chairman of Barisan Nasional Sarawak and Chairman of Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri (MKKN) after being appointed as Chief Minister on 13th January 2017.

He is also the Chairman of Yayasan Sarawak, Chairman of Bintulu Development Authority (BDA), Chairman of the State Planning Authority (SPA), Chairman of Sarawak Higher Education Fund (SHEF), Chairman of Sarawak State Mineral Authority (SSMA), Chairman of the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), Chairman of Sarawak Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) and Chairman of Sarawak Mosques Trust Board.

He is SABERKAS President since 2009 until the present moment.  

Datuk Patinggi Datuk Amar Abang Haji Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg is married to Datin Patinggi Dato Hajah Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang and they are blessed with two children.

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