KOTA KINABALU: Tun Juhar Mahiruddin was sworn in for a fourth term as the Sabah Yang di-Pertua Negeri in a ceremony at Istana Seri Kinabalu here.

Accompanied by his wife Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni, Juhar arrived at Dewan Istiadat at 10.30am yesterday and took his oath of office about 10 minutes later.

Witnessed by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim, Juhar signed the instruments of oath of office before Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor delivered the congratulatory message and pledge of loyalty.

Sabah state mufti Datuk Bungsu @Aziz Jaafar then recited prayers before the Yang di-Pertua Negeri left the place at 11am, according to Bernama.

Also present during the ceremony were Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam, Sabah state assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Kadzim M. Yahya and State Secretary Datuk Seri Safar Untong.

On Dec 23, Juhar received his letter of appointment from Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara for another two-year term as Sabah’s Yang di-Pertua Negeri.

Juhar, 69, was appointed as the 10th Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sabah on Jan 1, 2011, succeeding Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah.

In his speech, Hajiji said Sabah was now on the right track to boost economic growth and intensify development through the Sabah Maju Jaya Development Plan 1.0.

“The implementation of this comprehensive and holistic development plan has produced a positive impact, including increased foreign and domestic investments, positive developments in the tourism sector, and the implementation of development programmes in all sectors,” he said.