GEORGE TOWN: Tun Ahmad Fuzi Abdul Razak has been sworn in as the eighth Yang di-Pertua Negeri of Penang on Labour Day.
The 72-year-old former Bukit Mertajam High School boy succeeded Tun Dr Abdul Rahman Abbas, who had served as the state’s seventh governor since 2001.
State secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar announced the appointment while Penang High Court Judge Datuk Seri Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah witnessed the swearing-in ceremony held at Dewan Sri Pinang.
Earlier, Ahmad Fuzi arrived at Dewan Sri Pinang at about 9.45am, accompanied by his wife Toh Puan Khadijah Mohd Noor.
The ceremony started with Ahmad Fuzi inspecting the guard of honour mounted by the Second Battalion of the Malay Regiment, comprising three officers and 103 soldiers, before being paraded into the ceremonial hall.
During the ceremony, Ahmad Fuzi was conferred the Darjah Utama Pangkuan Negeri (DUPN), which carries the title Datuk Seri Utama. He also signed the instrument of oath of office.
The swearing-in was followed by a 17-cannon salute as a symbolic mark of his appointment as the eighth Yang di-Pertua Negeri.
Also present were former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam and his wife, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Ahmad Zakiyuddin Abdul Rahman, Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy and other dignitaries.
Pledging his loyalty in his speech, Chow said with Ahmad Fuzi’s vast experience in the diplomatic field and national administration, Penang would be able to continue with more success.
“The rest of the state administration and I will always be ready to provide the best service to the people and the state, ” 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 Wisma Putra secretary-general also served at the Malaysian missions in Moscow, The Hague, Canberra, Washington DC and Dhaka.