Hajiji sworn in as Sabah's 16th chief minister

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KOTA KINABALU (Sept 29): Sabah Perikatan Nasional chairman and Sulaman assemblyman Datuk Hajiji Noor (pictured) was sworn in as Sabah’s 16th chief minister today.

Also taking their oath before Sabah Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Juhar Mahiruddin were the three deputy chief ministers, namely Sabah Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman and Lamag assemblyman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, STAR president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Tambunan assemblyman) and Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) vice president Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam (Kundasang assemblyman).

Bung Moktar also took his oath as State Minister of Local Government and Housing, Jeffrey as Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Joachim as Minister of Industrial Development.

State Bersatu deputy chief Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun took his oath as Sabah Works Minister while PBS secretary-general Datuk Jahid Jahim was sworn in as State Rural Development Minister.

Also present at the ceremony were the Governor’s wife Toh Puan Norlidah RM Jasni, Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who is also Umno vice president, Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, who is also Bersatu vice president, and PBS deputy president Datuk Seri Radin Malleh.

Earlier, the leaders received their letters of appointment from Juhar.

After taking their oath, they signed the appointment letters, witnessed by Kota Kinabalu High Court Judge Datuk Martin Idang, before Sabah Mufti Datuk Bungsu Aziz Jaafar recited prayers.

Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) won the 16th Sabah election on Saturday with a simple majority to take over the state government from Warisan after winning 38 out of the total 73 state seats.

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