The current Governor of Penang or Yang Di Pertua Negeri is Tun Haji (Dr) Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas the seventh Governor of Penang. He was born on April 15 1938 at Kampung Permatang Rambai, Kepala Batas. He was appointed Yang di Pertua Negeri Pulau Pinang, on April 17 2001 and reappointed on May 1 2005 and May 1 2009. He is married to Toh Puan Majimor Shariff and has four children.
Tun Haji (dr) Abdul Rahman bin Haji Abbas studied at the Permatang Sintok Malay School and at the Sultan Idris Teachers college (now UPSI) at Tanjong Malim.He took a course in teaching at the Language Institute (LI) in Kuala Lumpur and subsequently pursued his undergraduate studies in University of Malaya where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He joined UMNO as a member of the Executive Council of Youth, UMNO Belia (1975-79) and became division treasurer from 1995 to his appointment as governor. In 1977, he was elected to the Penang State Assembly in a by-election, following the death of Ahmad Badawi Hj Abdullah, the father of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Haji Abdullah Badawi.He served four terms in the State Executive Council before being appointed speaker of the State Assembly, in his last term.
Tun has an amiable personality and is able to reach out to the masses with his wit and good humour. He is also a gifter orator and has a deep sentiment for social and cultural history. He believes that the young can seek inspiritional knowledge on multi-culturalism and cosmopolitanism from the works of Penang's well known scholars like Zainol Abidin (BA London) and Hafiz Ghulam Sarwar who wrote for a multi- cultural readership.