PROFILE TUAN YANG TERUTAMA YANG DI-PERTUA NEGERI SARAWAK


PROFILE

 

Tuan Yang Terutama

Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak

Tun Dr. Haji Wan Junaidi bin Tuanku Jaafar

 

S.M.N., P.S.M., P.J.N., D.G.S.M., P.N.B.S., J.S.M., J.B.S., P.B.S.

 

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His Excellency The Governor of Sarawak 
Tun Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar


Tun Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, 78, has been appointed as the eighth Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak taking over from Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud whose term expired on 26th January 2024.
 
He received his appointment letter (watikah) from the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta'in Billah at Istana Negara here this morning.
 
Tun Wan Junaidi was born on February 1, 1946 in Sadong Jaya Simunjan. He started his career as a police officer before he pursued his studies in law at the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom. He later obtained his masters in law from the Council of Legal Education London. He later completed his PhD in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Southern California, USA.
 
He started his political career in 1987 when he was appointed as an executive committee member of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth Satok Branch and rose to become one of its vice-presidents.
 
Tun Wan Junaidi was chosen to contest in Batang Lupar in 1990 and subsequently elected as its Member of Parliament (MP). He held the post until he switched his seat to Santubong in 2004. He held the post until he retired from active politics in 2021.
 
As an MP, Tun Wan Junaidi had held various important posts in the Federal Government, starting as Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Later he was appointed as Deputy Home Affairs Minister.
 
After successfully retaining the Santubong seat in the 13th general elections in 2013, he was appointed as Minister of Natural Resources and Environment and later as Minister of Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives. His last post in the Federal Cabinet was as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law).
 
Tun Wan Junaidi was appointed as President of the Senate on June 19, 2023 until he resigned from the post on 19th January, 2024.
 
Apart from being a successful lawyer and politician, Wan Junaidi is also a prolific writer having written seven books.
 
Additionally, Tun Wan Junaidi is also active in non-governmental organizations such as the Ex-policemen Association Sarawak where he was its president from 1990-2001 and has been active in the Scout’s movement whereby he has held the post of Sarawak’s Chief Scout Commissioner since 1992.