KUALA LUMPUR: Former Dewan Negara president Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has ascended to the esteemed position of Sarawak’s eighth governor, a momentous occasion underscored by the conferral of the nation’s most prestigious award upon him.
In a ceremony of significance, Wan Junaidi received the instrument of appointment from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, at Istana Negara.
Wan Junaidi and spouse captured momentous occasion with their Majesties the King and Queen at Istana Negara.
From his early days in law enforcement to his tenure in legislative leadership, Wan Junaidi’s journey culminates in his appointment as Sarawak’s governor, heralding a chapter of renewed leadership and vision for the state.
Formerly bestowed with the role of Law Minister and Senate president, Wan Junaidi brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his new position.
His distinguished career began in 1964 when he joined the police force, eventually rising to the rank of inspector in the General Operations Force.
However, his passion for law led him to pursue further studies at the University of Buckingham, England, in 1978, embarking on a career as a lawyer thereafter.
Wan Junaidi’s political journey saw him aligning with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), through which he secured parliamentary seats, including the Batang Lupar and Santubong constituencies.
Over the years, he held pivotal ministerial roles, including deputy home minister, natural resources and environment minister, and entrepreneur development and cooperatives minister.
Notably, his tenure as law minister witnessed significant legislative reforms, including the enactment of the anti-hopping law and the strengthening of Borneo’s rights in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Replacing Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Wan Junaidi assumes office with a mandate outlined by Article 1 of the Sarawak Constitution, entrusted with steering the state through a period of growth and development.
He was appointed as the Senate president in June 2020 but resigned from the post earlier this month to take up his new role as the governor of Sarawak.
His appointment, spanning from Jan 26, 2024, to Jan 26, 2028, marks a pivotal moment in Sarawak’s governance landscape, as he endeavors to uphold the principles of justice, progress, and prosperity for all Sarawakians.
Source – TNS News