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New Sabah Cabinet with 3 new Ministries

17th May, 2018

KOTA KINABALU: Two defectors were among three new deputy chief ministers appointed to the new Sabah state cabinet yesterday which saw the creation of three new ministries.

The three deputies to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal are Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau who crossed over from Barisan Nasional to Shafie’s Warisan soon after the election results on May 10; Datuk Jaujan Sambakong the former Umno Assemblyman of Sulabayan and Sabah Pakatan Harapan chairperson Christina Liew. Jaujan, who retained the Sulabayan seat, defected to Warisan long before the election.

Like his predecessors, Shafie will also hold the Finance portfolio.

Tangau, the acting president of Upko, a component of BN is the MP of Tuaran. He last served as Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation post in the Federal cabinet. He is now Minister of Trade and Industry Ministry portfolio. Liew, a lawyer and State Assemblywomen of Api Api, will helm the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry last held by Datuk Masidi Manjun of Umno; while Jaujan will hold the Local Government and Housing Ministry portfolio last held by Umno’s Datuk Hajiji Hj Noor.

Warisan vice-president Peter Anthony was named Minister of Infrastructure Development last helmed by Parti Bersatu Sabah president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan. Peter, who still has several corruption cases under investigation, won the Melalap seat by defeating incumbent Datuk Seri Radin Malleh, a vice president of PBS.

Another Warisan vice-president Junz Wong who won the Tanjung Aru seat was named Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries, last occupied by Umno’s Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin who was sensationally defeated in Petagas. The three new ministries created were the Ministry of Health and People’s Wellbeing, Ministry of Education and Innovation and Ministry of Law and Native State Affairs.

The Minister of Health and People’s Well-being is Stephen Wong of DAP Sabah; the Ministry of Education and Innovation is Datuk Yusuf Yacob, the State Assemblyman of Sindumin from Warisan; and the Minister of Land and Native State Affairs is Datuk Aidi Moktar, the Warisan State Assemblyman of Pantai Manis.

Tangau and Stephen will be made nominated state assemblyman. The Sabah Constitution allows for six such appointments.

Upko’s Ewon Benedick (Assemblyman for Kadamaian) was named rural development minister, while Tanjung Papat assemblyman Frankie Poon Ming Fung, a lawyer, will head the Youth and Sports Ministry.

Sri Tanjong assemblyman Jimmy Wong and Sekong assemblyman Arifin Asgali were named assistant ministers in the Chief Minister’s Department, while Inanam assemblyman Kenny Chua and Merotai assemblyman Saripuddin Hatta were named assistants in the Finance Ministry.

Warisan assemblymen Chong Chen Bin (Tanjong Kapor) and Azhar Matussin (Karambunai) weres named assistant ministers in the Ministry of Trade and Industry; while Tungku assemblyman Assaffal Alian was named assistant minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

Karamunting assemblyman Hiew Vun Zin was named local government and housing assistant minister, Sebatik assemblyman Datuk Abdul Muis Picho infrastructure development assistant minister and Bongawan assemblyman Dr Dauf Yusof agriculture and food industries assistant minister.

Three women were also appointed as assistant ministers. They were Kunak assemblyman Norazlinah Arif for the Health and People’s Wellbeing Ministry; Moyog assemblyman Jenifer Lasimbang for the Education and Innovation Ministry; and Kapayan assemblyman Jannie Lasimbang for the Law and Native Affairs Ministry. Banggi assemblyman Mohammad Mohamarin will work alongside Jenifer, while Petagas assemblyman Uda Sulai will work alongside Jannie.

The Rural Development Ministry’s two new assistants are Liawan assemblyman Rasinin Binkoutis and Lahad Datu assemblyman Dumi Masdal.

Gum Gum assemblyman Arunarsin Taib was named youth and sports assistant minister.

Shafie was sworn in as Sabah’s 15th chief minister on May 12 following some tense moments and the likelihood of Sabah having two chief ministers. Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman,Sabah’s last chief minister, was sworn in on May 10 on the strength of having two assembly representatives from Parti Solidariti Tanahairku who gave Musa’s BN a 31-seat simple majority in the Assembly.

Upko’s Tangau later led five of its assemblymen to support Warisan, this tilting the balance the other way. Musa has not resigned, though he has received official notification from the Istana Negeri that he was no longer chief minister.

   
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