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Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg (Jawi: ابڠ حاج جوهري تون ابڠ حاج اوڤڠ; born 4 August 1949[2]) is a Malaysian Malay politician popularly known as "Abg Jo" or "Abang Johari". He became the sixth Chief Minister of Sarawak following the death of Pehin Sri Adenan Satem on 11 January 2017. He took his oath of office before the Yang Di-Pertuan Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud at the Astana Negeri on 13 January 2017.[3][4]

Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari Abang Openg

ابڠ حاج جوهري تون ابڠ حاج اوڤڠ
KM Sarawak Abang Zohari.jpg
6th Chief Minister of Sarawak
Assumed office
13 January 2017
GovernorAbdul Taib Mahmud
DeputyDouglas Uggah Embas (2016–present)
James Jemut Masing (2016–present)
Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (2017–present)
Preceded byAdenan Satem
President of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu
Assumed office
13 January 2017
Preceded byAdenan Satem
Member of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly
for Satok
Assumed office
29 December 1983[1]
Majority2,800 (2011)
5,045 (2016)
Personal details
Abang Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Abang Openg

(1949-04-04) 4 April 1949 (age 70)
Limbang, Crown Colony of Sarawak
Political partyBN-PBB (1983–2018)
GPS-PBB (2018–present)
Other political
Sarawak Parties Alliance (2018–present)
Spouse(s)Juma'ani Tuanku Bujang
RelationsTun Tuanku Bujang Tuanku Othman
Toh Puan Hajjah Rajemah (parents-in-law; both deceased)
ChildrenAbang Abdillah Izzarim
Dayang Norjihan
ParentsTun Abang Openg Abang Sapiee (deceased)
Toh Puan Hajjah Dayang Masniah Abdul Rahman (deceased)
Alma materBrunel University


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Limbang on August 4, 1950[5] to Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg bin Abang Sapiee and Toh Puan Datin Dayang Masniah Abdul Rahman, Abang Johari is the youngest of 10 siblings.[5] He received his early education at Merpati Jepang Primary School, Kuching, before pursuing secondary education at St. Joseph Secondary School,[6] Kuching. He holds a Master of Business Administration awarded by Brunel University.[5]

Satok State ConstituencyEdit

Abang Jo was first elected to the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly representing the Satok State Constituency in 1981.[5] He succeeded Tan Sri Abang Abu Bakar Abang Mustafa. Since then, he was elected to represent the constituency nine times: 1981, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011, and 2016.[5]


Prior to entering politics in 1977, he served Malaysia Airlines as an corporate relations executive. Since 1981, he is a member of Sarawak State Legislative Assembly for Satok.

Throughout his service as such, he served several political offices, including Principal Political Secretary to the Chief Minister (from 1982 to 1984) and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Community Development (from 1984 to 1987).

In 1987, he was promoted as full Minister and, hence, admitted to the State Cabinet. He served as Minister of Industrial Development (from 1987 to 2000), Minister of Housing (since 2004, with additional portfolio of Urbanisation from 2009 to 2011, and since 2016) and Minister of Tourism (twice, from 2000 to 2004, and since 2011, with additional portfolio of Arts and Culture in 2016).

Following the victory of Barisan Nasional in 2016 state election, he was promoted as the Deputy Chief Minister, the post he served alongside with Douglas Uggah Embas and James Jemut Masing, from May 2016 to January 2017.

Upon the death of Pehin Sri Haji Adenan Satem on 11 January 2017, Abg Jo was appointed the sixth Chief Minister of Sarawak and sworn in on 13 January 2017.[4][3]


Abang Zohari, son of Abang Openg Abang Sapiee (the first Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Sarawak) and Dayang Masniah Abdul Rahman, is married to YABhg. Datuk Amar Hajah Juma'ani Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang. Together the couple has two children.[5][7]


Abang Johari received various awards including:

  • Datuk Patinggi Bintang Kenyalang (DP) - 2017[8]
  • Pingat Jubli Emas (Gold) - 2013
  • Darjah Utama Yang Amat Mulia Bintang Kenyalang Sarawak (DA) - 2008
  • Panglima Negara Bintang Sarawak (PNBS) - 1990
  • Pingat Perkhidmatan Bakti (PPB Perak) - 1988
  • Johan Bintang Sarawak (JBS) - 1985


  1. ^ "Pilihanraya Negeri 1983". DUN Sarawak. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Abang Haji Openg". Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Abang Johari Ketua Menteri baharu Sarawak". BH Online. Berita Harian. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Abang Johari to be sworn in as Sarawak's sixth Chief Minister". New Straits Times. New Straits Times. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Chief Minister's Biography". Official Website Office of the Chief Minister of Sarawak. 29 July 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Biodata Ketua Menteri Sarawak Keenam". Berita Harian (in Malay). 13 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Former TYT leads Head of State's honours list". The Borneo Post Online. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
Preceded by
Adenan Satem
Chief Minister of Sarawak
Succeeded by