On last March 1, 2014, the State of Sarawak received her new Governor after His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah consent to deliver the instrument of appointment to Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud as the new Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak on February 28, 2014, on the same day he step down from the position of Chief Minister of Sarawak which he held for 33 years. Pehin Sri Abdul Taib bin Mahmud becoming the State's 7th Yang Dipertua Negeri, replacing Tun Abang Muhammad Salahuddin who term's ended on the same day.
His Excellency sworn in as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak on 11.00 am located at the State Assembly Building, Kuching in front of the newly sworn in Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan bin Satem. The Chief Minister read the instrument of appointment. Pehin Sri later sworn-in as the Yang Dipertua Negeri of Sarawak before the High Jugde of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum after signed the instrument of appointment.