MIRI (August 28): Although the Vice Chairman of the United People’s Party of Sarawak (SUPP), Dato Sri Richard Riot, has not been appointed to the new cabinet, the party said it was happy that most members of the Gabungan Party of Sarawak (GPS) have retained their former minister and deputy minister of posts.
SUPP General Secretary Datuk Sebastian Ting said the party was happy to note that most GPS MPs retained their previous posts, including Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof continuing as Senior Minister under the Prime Minister’s administration. Minister Dato Sri Ismail Sabri.
âWe are pleased to note that most of the MPs of the GPS keep their former posts of minister and deputy minister, with the exception of YB Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi who is appointed to the new ministerial portfolio in the Prime Minister’s department (Parliament and law). Congratulations everyone, âTing said in a press release last night.
He noted that this is the second time that a deputy prime minister has not been appointed by a new prime minister during the formation of his cabinet.
Ting said that, like most people, the SUPP thinks that choosing the Deputy Prime Minister is a challenge and not an easy decision with so many factors to consider.
âOur Prime Minister has his own reasons. It was not easy for him.
âThat being said, let us remember that it is always the prerogative of the Prime Minister to form his own Cabinet as he sees fit because it is they who will assist him in the management of the country. Nothing in the law says he must have a deputy premier, âTing said.
He added that when it comes to Sarawak, it is very important that Sarawak continues to have a strong presence of Sarawakan MPs in the Cabinet as well as a stable and clean government, as this will ensure that Sarawak’s interests are well articulated, presented and therefore protected. in the new federal government.
âWe are indeed pleased with the renewal of YB Dato ‘Sri Nancy Shukri, our own Sarawakian, as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. His appointment is indeed magnificent for our tourism sector in Sarawak.
âUnder former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin, she helped our tourism sector as much as she could as Federal Minister with many government initiatives and financial supports to help our tourism sector overcome the impact of Covid-19, “he said.
With her reappointment, Ting said he was sure she would continue to do her best for Sarawak.
âWith the new federal government, we hope to see our nation’s healing processes from political turmoil and indeed hope that there will be no more unnecessary politics in the future, so that the new government can fully focus and focus on the fight against Covid-19, improving the well-being of people and reviving the country’s economy to prepare for the post-Covid-19.
âWe are confident that the new federal government will continue to work closely with the government of Sarawak and honor the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) report and all of Sarawak’s rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution and the State Constitution. and Sarawak ordinances, âhe said.
Ting, who is also deputy minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, said the SUPP and the state government will also continue to pursue the return of education and health to be brought under Sarawak control. , because these are two important factors in ensuring and improving the productivity and good health of our people.
âWe must grant more autonomy to these two ministries with the eventual return of these two ministries to Sarawak.
âWe believe that the new government will continue to be sincere, transparent and genuine when discussions on returning greater autonomy to Sarawak take place in the future.
“This is very important for Sarawak and the people of Sarawak would expect the return of these rights which have been eroded since the formation of Malaysia in 1963,” he said.