GEORGE TOWN: Former Wisma Putra secretary-general Tan Sri Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak (pic) will be Penang’s next Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
The 72-year-old former Bukit Mertajam High School boy will be sworn in as the state’s eighth governor before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara on April 30.
He replaces Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas who has been governor since 2001.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said he received a letter from the King on April 8 on the new appointment.
“On behalf of the Penang government, I welcome him as our eighth Yang di-Pertua Negeri, ” he said during a press conference at his office here yesterday.
Chow said there would be an official ceremony at Dewan Sri Pinang on May 1.
“The state government will make all necessary arrangements to ensure the ceremony is carried out in a proper manner, ” he said.
Chow paid tribute to Tun Abdul Rahman, 83, for his service and outstanding dedication to the state over the past two decades.
“We remain grateful to him for his guidance during his tenure as our seventh governor, ” he said.
The Sungai Bakap-born Ahmad Fuzi joined the Diplomatic and Administrative Service in 1972 and served in various capacities at the Foreign Ministry before retiring in 2009.
The former diplomat also served at the Malaysian missions in Moscow, the Hague, Canberra, Washington and Dhaka.
His tenure as secretary-general saw him leading the Malaysian Senior Officials delegation in negotiations at various bilateral, regional and international conferences as well as in organising the Non-Aligned Movement and OIC summits in Kuala Lumpur in 2003, and the Asean Summit plus East Asia Summit and related summits in 2005.
He also served as director-general of the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Malaysia, Ambassador-at-Large and Malaysia’s Representative to the Asean High Level Task Force on the Drafting of the Asean Charter as well as Malaysia’s Representative to the High-Level Panel on the Drafting of the Terms of Reference of the Asean Human Rights Body.
Ahmad Fuzi is currently secretary-general of the World Islamic Economic Forum Foundation.